Join me today in welcoming author Kristine Grayson to the Preternatura blog! Before turning to romance writing, Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon.
Welcome, Kristine!What gave you the idea of taking fairy tale characters, bringing them into the contemporary world, and showing what happened after the fairy-tale ending? It’s such fun to read!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. I write under a variety of names, and under my real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, I wrote a short story called “The Strangeness of the Day.” It was the first in the fairy tale/Greek Gods/Charming series. My husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, read it and said, “Where’s the novel?” So I wrote the novel, Utterly Charming (which Sourcebooks will be reissuing in October), but it was such a departure from my Rusch books that I put it under a new pen name. And then I realized that more characters wanted their stories told.
Actually they’re not trapped in the bodies. These characters do age, just slower than we do. I explain it more clearly in Utterly Charming: they live thousands of years. Right now, Charming (from this book) and Mellie are middle-aged. They were young back in the (ahem) Middle Ages 🙂
Usually I avoid the genre I’m writing in. And I always have a dozen books going at once. I just finished Julie James’ Just The Sexiest Man Alive, and Ian Rankin’s The Complaints. Next is Mary Jo Putney’s next Lost Lords book and Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness. I’m also reading Jonathan Strahan’s hard SF anthology, Engineering Infinity. On the nonfiction side, I just finished Greg Lawrence’s Jackie As Editor and I’m now reading The Best American Essays of the Year, edited by Christopher Hitchens. Yep, I’m an eclectic reader—which is probably why I’m an eclectic writer.
Nope. That one came right out of the subconscious (and made me giggle).
Utterly Charming will come out in October. In it, Prince Charming falls in love with Sleeping Beauty’s lawyer. Sleeping Beauty has been asleep—for her own protection—for a thousand years, while her Charming, whose name is Aethestan Blackstone (don’t ask) was awake. Sleeping Beauty, aka Emma, is about to wake up, but Blackstone doesn’t want to know when because if he knows, then everyone will and Emma will be in danger. So he hires a lawyer for her—Nora Barr—and promptly falls in love with his real soul mate.
Then Sourcebooks is publishing Emma’s story next, Thoroughly Kissed, and in it, our “charming” is a regular prince of a guy. I can’t say more.
After that, Sourcebooks will publish Charming Blue. The hero in that book is another Charming, but a fallen Charming: Bluebeard. Yep. I’m writing a book with Bluebeard as the romantic hero. I seem to like challenges.
Thanks for asking me to participate in your blog! By the way, readers can find out more about my Grayson novels & short stories atwww.kristinegrayson.com or about all of my work (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery & sf) at www.kristinekathrynrusch.com.