Good morning lovelies!
Who doesn’t love a new twist on an old fairy tale?
I know I sure do! Retellings are my jam!
Today, I’m part of the blog tour for Brie Spangler’s Beast, and have a great interview to share with you guys!
But first let me share a little about the book with you…
Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.
Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?
What inspired Beast?
I grew up next to Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play, so it was no strange thing to see these giant huge men lumbering along in the supermarket or at the post office. As a small person growing up, seeing these big-big-big men, it definitely made an impression on me. Dylan is very much in that genetic family, he’s just a big huge guy and there’s nothing he can do about it.
I also have a massive fondness for the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. I absolutely loved the Disney movie when it came out, totally blew my mind! These two things were the little blorps floating around in my brain and when they collided, I wrote a book.
Which of your characters can you most relate to? Why?
I’m afraid it’s his mom! She’s blunders around, trying to do the right thing and make it through the day, but struggles and screws up even when she has the best of intentions.
Where is your favorite place to write?
Love writing at home where I can be silly and make stupid faces as I write. Sometimes I’ll get up and walk around and curse my way through a scene. Although if I want to be super, super effective and get some real work done, I’ll go to a coffee shop where there’s no internet. If I have my headphones and my music, I get get a decent clip of 1500/2000 words down in an hour. Not that they’re all usable, good words! But getting something out of your head and onto the page is half the battle.
If you had to re-read one book the rest of your life, what book would you choose?
omigoodness… This is a really hard question! I think I’d have to go with James Joyce’s ULYSSES because it’s a book you can go back to at various ages in your life and get something different each time. Full disclosure: I haven’t been able to get through it all yet, but I think a lifetime would give me a chance to finally finish and then reread it to see what I missed the first time.
If you could co-write a book with any author, who would you choose?
Whitney Gardner! You don’t know her work yet, her first book YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE comes out Spring 2017 and it’s so damn good. Plus she’s an amazing person and I think we’d have a lot of fun hammering out a story and torturing some characters but good.