Monday, June 18, 2012

An Interview With Sarah Cross

All righty everyone - look who I have over today....the wonderful Sarah Cross! :D

You can find Sarah at the following places:

Why she's here:

To start off, can you give us five fun facts about yourself?
1. My favorite animal is the Pallas' cat.
2. When I lived in Japan, I got to dress up as a maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto.
3. I'm obsessed with fairy-tale art.
4. I love books & TV but have a really short attention span for movies.
5. I wrote a Wolverine comic for Marvel Comics ("The Adamantium Diaries" -->

Wow!  What a neat story to carry on about dressing up as a maiko!
What are five books you think everyone should read?
I don't know about "everyone" (because not everyone likes the same books), but here are five books I love & wholeheartedly recommend:
1. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
2. Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
5. The Way Some People Die by Ross McDonald

Sadness - I've never heard of any of those books.  Goodreads, here I come! ;)
How has writing and being published affected your life?
I've always written, so that hasn't changed. Being published means that it's not awkward to tell people I'm a writer, because when you do that, the next question is inevitably "Are you published?"

Oh yes, that always gets me!  I can't wait to finally be published so I can actually answer that question how I want to!
Who is your favorite character that you have created and why?
I don't think I have an overall favorite. Is that weird? Maybe I spend too much time with my characters to have favorites. A lot of the time the characters I like best are the ones who don't get much page time ... I guess because they're full of unrealized potential.

Not weird at all!  And that's a very interesting observation - almost every character does have unrealized potential.
If you could choose your own fairy tale mark, what would it be?  How would that play into your destiny?
I think I'd want to be Gretel from "Hansel and Gretel." My younger brother was the type of kid who would eat someone's candy house, and I was totally the protective big sister who would save him, so that would be natural for me. Bonus factor: I'd get my curse out of the way early.

I love "Hansel and Gretel"!
Did you specifically choose fairy tales you wanted to be prominent in the story or did they come about in another, more roundabout way?
There were two fairy tales in particular that I wanted to twist together and retell (Blue's and Mira's); I knew that from the beginning. For the side characters, I knew I wanted to use mostly well-known fairy tales, because if I picked less familiar tales, I could drop a hundred hints and very few readers would pick up on them. Most people know "Snow White," but not "The Queen Bee" or "Prince Lindworm," etc.

That's so fascinating.  I've never heard of "The Queen Bee" or "Prince Lindworm", but I will most definitely read them now!
When creating Blue's character, did he always have blue hair and eyebrows?  (Which I grew to love with a passion...) ;)
Of course! I love fairy tale imagery, so I definitely wanted to use that. Glad you liked his blue hair. :)

:D  Of course.  It was brilliant, in my opinion.
What is your favorite character trait in Mira?  In Blue?
I love that Mira believes in people. She's naive about a lot of things, but she also has a hopefulness that makes her less resigned than some of the other Cursed. My favorite trait in Blue is his laziness. That's probably not what most people like about him, but the ability to relax is a virtue, in my opinion.

I love both those things about Mira and Blue.  Blue's laziness - totally attractive. ;)
While Kill Me Softly totally works as a "single" you have a mate in mind for it?  :D
I would love to write companion novels about some of the other fairy tale characters. I don't know yet whether any of that will come to fruition. Cross your fingers for me!

Oh this is such good news!!  Totally have my fingers crossed!! :D
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Sure! If you'd like to visit (or re-visit) the world of Kill Me Softly, there's a Cinderella story on my website (with lovely illustrations by artist Oona Pohjolainen) --> And if you're a fairy tale fan, you should definitely stop by my tumblr Fairy Tale Mood ( for a daily dose of fairy tale inspiration.

Thanks for having me, Sierra!


Sarah, you really gave some awesome answers and totally inspired me in my own stories!  I'm sure my readers and yours can say the same!

Come back tomorrow for my review of Kill Me Softly!! :D


  1. Amazing interview!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got an audiobook of Kill Me Softly and I can not wait to read it and now after reading this interview I am so much more anxious to start listening to it!!!!!!!!! Blue sounds like such an awesome character and I haven't heard of those books either but they sound good!!! I will definitely be checking out your review tomorrow Sierra! 

    Following your lovely blog :-) 

  2. SARAH CROSS!! Oh my goodness, Kill Me Softly is my absolute favourite book of the year which makes her one of my favourite authors! (I'm actually putting up a review of KMS tomorrow, I think!) So this interview... I squealed! I love everything about Blue, and that includes his laziness, and your justification just made me love it more. And I especially loved how Blue had blue hair too, although I had no idea until later on that it had a bigger meaning! x)

    AMAZING interview, Sierra! It's so cool how you have her on your blog today -- love her so much! :') <3

  3. I love this interview! Her answers to the fairytale questions was so interesting. Gretel would be a pretty good choice. I absolutely adore how much she loves fairytales. :D 

  4. I don't tell people I'm a writer, but I can imagine how awesome it would be to be able to say it and then add that you're published. It's a goal of mine. I think I need to read this one. It sounds very interesting and a boy with blue hair? Nice!

    Great interview!!

    Lauren from

  5. Thanks for reading, Elena!   I know, it's very contagious when someone is passionate about fairy tales like she is! :)

  6. Ahahahaha I love love loooove your enthusiasm!! :D  So glad you liked the interview - isn't Blue just FANTASTIC?!?!?!  Ok, I'm really wanting to read this again. ;)  Wonderful!! :D

  7. Oooohh you've got to let me know how you like it when you're done!!  And I hope the review was informative! :D

    Thanks for following and commenting - I'm a new follower on your blog as well! :D

  8. I know, I totally agree - I'd love to be able to say I'm published!  Soon, I hope.  Soon. :D

    Thanks, Lauren!