Welcome to Under the Covers, Katy! Congratulations on your new release, GINGER’S HEART.
Thank you so much!! I’m thrilled to be here today and can’t wait for everyone to read GINGER’S HEART!
This entire series is based on modern fairytales so can you please tell us more about your version of Little Red Riding Hood?
So, GINGER’S HEART isn’t a faithful retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” though the fairytale directly inspired my characters and their roles in the story. The four major characters are: Ginger McHuid (Little Red), Josiah Woodman (the woodsman who saves Little Red and her grandmother from the wolf’s belly), Cain Wolfram (the wolf) and Gran (Little Red’s grandmother.) And they all take on characteristics of the traditional personalities from the fairytale. Ginger is sweet and innocent, Woodman is protective, Cain is a flagrant womanizer, and Gran’s health is in decline. But I really used “Little Red Riding Hood” as a vehicle for a love triangle more than following the literal story.
I have to ask, what’s your favourite fairy tale and why?
My favorite fairytale is definitely “The Ugly Duckling,” which is why I am SO EXCITED to publish SWAN SONG, my 5th modern fairytale in 2018!! I can’t wait to take that story and play with it a little…a homely girl who no one really believes in becomes a gorgeous woman. How does her childhood affect her? Who would be the right romantic match for such a person. Or even flip it – a homely little boy becomes a model. Who is he? Who is the girl of his dreams? I can’t wait to play with society’s stereotypes of beauty (and turn them on their proverbial ear!)
What’s your favorite scene in this book? What about the hardest to write?
One of my favorite scenes is in the very beginning. Every year since her 5th birthday, Ginger climbs to the door of the hayloft and jumps two stories into Cain and Woodman’s arms. But on her 12th birthday, Cain looks up at her and tells her to jump to the one she loves the best. She’s really upset over this, because until that moment, she hadn’t really examined whether or not she loved one cousin more than the other, and she hates having the question stuck in her head.
The hardest to write came at about 75%. I can’t tell you about it without giving away too much, but I can say this…I have only cried twice while writing twenty-three books, and that scene made me cry. It’s wrenching.
Can you tell us a little about DON’T SPEAK, the next book in the series?
DON’T SPEAK is inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” and I don’t want to give too much away, but the story takes place in North Carolina (all of my modern fairytales take place in the American South) and features a fisherman’s daughter from the Core Sound, who speaks with a very strong Carolina brogue (a regional dialect that sounds very much like a Scots-Irish accent.) The hero, a very wealthy society son from Raleigh, spent his summers in a town on the Outer Banks near the Core Sound, and now – many years later – is running for governor of North Carolina. Because I wanted the names to pay homage to “The Little Mermaid,” the heroine’s name is Laire, which is an anagram of Ariel, and the hero’s name is Kieran, which includes an anagram of Erik.
For those that don’t know you yet, tell us five things about yourself that we normally wouldn’t know.
1. I’m an avid traveler and I post pictures of my vacations on my Facebook page. I welcome readers to find me there and follow me around the globe!
2. I didn’t start writing books until the fall of 2012. Since January 2013, I’ve written and published twenty-two more books!
3. I only write monogamous, consensual romance because I know my kids are going to read these books someday and it’s important to me that my beliefs about love and commitment shine through on the pages.
4. I only read books when I’m between my own projects, but when I start reading, it’s not unusual for me to read a book a day for a week. (And it’s heaven.)
5. I firmly believe that adult womanhood begins at 40…and I am loving every single second!
What are you working on next?
Next I will be working on Book #2 in my Enchanted Places series, a book called RESTORING LOVE AT BOLTON CASTLE! I wrote the first book in the series, PLAYING FOR LOVE AT DEEP HAVEN, in the fall of 2013, and I didn’t want to commit to more books until readers asked. Over the past year, more and more readers have been asking for Book #2, so I finally decided to write it! It’s a hate-at-first-sight book, and I can’t wait to watch the sparks fly!!
Thanks for sharing with us today, Katy!
Thank you SO MUCH for having me visit today!! I hope your readers LOVE GINGER’S HEART!!
Available March 22, 2016!
by Katy Regnery
Released: March 22nd 2016
Series: A Modern Fairytale #3
Published by Self Published
In this modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf and the woodsman are cousins, and Ginger is the little girl who claims both of their hearts.
Once upon a time there were two cousins:
one golden like the sun,
one dark like midnight,
one a protector,
one a predator,
one a Woodsman
one a Wolf…
both owning equal,
parts of a little girl’s heart.
Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale, by Katy Regnery. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Just about everyone called Woodman “Woodman” except Gran and sometimes Cain. Gran insisted on calling him by his Christian name. Cain used “Josiah” and “Woodman” interchangeably with no real rhyme or reason that Ginger could follow.
“Rumor is you’re gonna marry Josiah someday,” said Gran, her sixty-something blue eyes merry. “But what do you say?”
Ginger giggled self-consciously, thinking about her grandmother’s question, something clenching in her twelve-year-old heart as she thought about marrying sensible Woodman and abandoning her wild feelings for his cousin, Cain.
“I don’t know,” she said, feeling her forehead crease in confusion.
“Or maybe you’re thinkin’ you want to marry…Cain,” said Gran softly.
Cain, with his jet black hair and ice blue eyes, appeared like a vision before her, and Ginger’s heart thumped faster. The way he’d run off to see Mary-Louise Walker this afternoon made her brown eyes spitting green with jealousy. The way he swaggered made her breath catch. Woodman was so predictable, so safe in comparison.
Then again, Woodman hadn’t exactly been predictable this afternoon, had he? He’d surprised her with the gift and even more with his words. His body had been hard and warm when he’d held her, the embrace awakening something new and foreign within her. Something she wasn’t sure she wanted. Something that didn’t feel safe and even scared her a little bit. She pulled her fingers away from the charm bracelet and faced her Gran.
“What do I do if I love them both?”
Her grandmother’s eyes, which had been mostly teasing, flinched, and her mouth tilted down in a sympathetic frown, which made her face seem so serious and sober.
“Choose, dollbaby,” said her Gran. “Someday you’ll have to choose.”
The same feeling that she’d had in the barn, when Cain had yelled, “Jump to the one you love the most, darlin’!” flared up within her—a fierce refusal to love one cousin more than the other, to give up one in lieu of the other.
Choose? Her memories skated back through a dozen years on McHuid’s Farm that had always included Cain and Woodman. When they were little children, they played together, swimming buck naked in the creek and racing over the green hills and pastures in impromptu games of tag. As the boys grew up, they started working with Cain’s daddy, Klaus, who was her father’s right-hand man, mucking out the stables and grooming the horses. She’d run down to the barn every day after her lessons to see them, working right along beside them until they were all covered in hay, dust and barn grime.
Though the Wolframs weren’t generally included in the McHuid’s active social life, the Woodmans were, which meant that in addition to seeing Cain and Woodman on the farm, she also saw Woodman at every holiday and birthday party…and they always managed to slip out unseen with some smuggled sweets for Cain.
They were the Three Musketeers of McHuid’s Farm and Ginger knew both boys as well as she knew herself—Cain’s smirking, hot-headed, impulsive ways, and Woodman’s level-headed patience, caution and kindness. Regardless of their differences, she also knew that as the only children of twin sisters, Cain and Woodman were much closer than most cousins. Genetically speaking, they were half-brothers, and while they surely liked to tease and torture each other, they wouldn’t hesitate to jump into front of a train to save the other’s skin either.
In Ginger’s mind, she envisioned them like two halves of the same coin that she held carefully in the palm of her hand.
She loved them both desperately.
No, her heart protested. Impossible.
“What if I can’t?” she whispered, leaning back and resting her head on her grandmother’s comforting shoulder.
“Then you’ll lose them both,” said her grandmother softly.
Ginger’s shoulders fell, relaxing in surrender as she closed her eyes against the burn of tears.
“But don’t let’s think about that now, dollbaby,” said Gran, leaning her head upon her granddaughter’s, the constant tremble of her unpredictable body almost soothing to Ginger as they rocked side by side in the twilight. “You’re just twelve today. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you.”
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