My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison is out! Chicago book lovers (and book lovers from all the other fine parts of the world) can either run to their local bookstore, or lazily order the book online from their favorite online retailer.
Janette Rallison was kind enough to answer some questions about the writing process and her writing in particular.
Q: Do you think you will write another “Godmother” story?
A: Absolutely. After all, I can’t keep Chrysanthemum Everstar out of Fairy Godmother University forever. What I need to figure out is whether I’m going to write one more or two more—or maybe even more than that. It’s fun to twist fairy tales, but at the same time I know I need to write stories that are different enough from each other that fans don’t feel like they’re just reading the same story over and over again. (The Gilligan’s Island syndrome.)
Q: Have any of your books been sold for possible movies?
A: My Fair Godmother’s movie rights sold to the producer who did Freaky Friday, Princess Diaries, and one of my favorite movies—Sky High. Also, the movie rights for All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School are in negotiations.
Q: How long does it take you to write a book?
A: It depends on the book and what else is going on during my life, but it usually takes me about six months to write and revise the first draft. Then I send it off to my editor and my editor generally has me do two or three more revisions. Between the time it take me to write them and the time it takes my editor to read and comment, it takes about another six months to come up with the draft that is published.
Q: Who are some of your favorite YA authors?
A: I read a lot of YA so I have lots of authors I like. I’ll read anything by Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Shannon Hale, Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Ally Carter, or Tina Ferraro.
Q: Is there anything else you want to share with readers?
Reading makes you smarter. It really does. So pat yourself on the back for doing something that’s not only fun but good for you too.
Now visit her website and her blog and find out about her frequent give-aways and contests. Also learn about why she just might qualify as a “crazy cat” lady. (As an aside: it takes at least five to qualify, I know from personal experience!)
Her books are available at local independent bookstores. Try The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, The Book Bin in Northbrook or Anderson’s Bookshop in Downer’s Grove and Naperville.