Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I think one of my favorite characters of all time is Jimmy from Oryx and Crake. He’s just so human compared to a lot of characters you read in science fiction. Here’s this guy, not too smart, who nevertheless develops the kind of friendship that you treasure. But of course Jimmy’s got a problem: his friend turns out to be a little crazy. And in the end, Jimmy starts to get a little crazy, too … but he retains his humanity. I think the third book of Margaret Atwood’s series was great, but I longed for more scenes with Jimmy in them.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
The next place definitely needs to be either Germany or Japan. Germany for its cool castles and amazing history dating back thousands of years. Japan for its amazing cities and culture. Both are very high on the to-do list.
Who is your favorite author?
Right now I’d say it’s Jim Shepard. I devoured his short story collections over a period of a few weeks. Atwood is up there, too. Also: Charles Stross. He can put such a great voice into his stories. If you’re looking for inspiration in developing a great narrator, read some Stross.
How do you describe your writing style?
Classical, with a hint of rock.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Whaaaaat?! That’s obscene!
What book are you reading now?
I’ve been trying to get into the Mass Effect novels, but they writing is a little iffy for my tastes. Still, they’ll be good inspiration for the next sci-fi series we’re going to read. It’s always good to read from the genre you’re writing from, especially before you start writing. That way, you can see what others have done and learn from them. I also saw a Sandman hardcover collection that I really, really wanted to buy.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
Yes! We’re at www.theGrimmChronicles.com
Date Published: 8/25/2013
The award-winning Young Adult adventure series reaches its penultimate volume! This collection contains the following books:
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Europe: birthplace of Grimms' Fairy Tales. An unfamiliar land, brimming with its own breed of Corrupted who hide in the shadows, growing more evil with each passing day. For modern-day hero Alice Goodenough, this is more than enough to worry about. But she also has a fencing tournament to think about.
And a promise to keep with Sam Grayle, a Corrupted dwarf who schemes for more and more wealth. When their train breaks down in a small town in eastern Hungary, Alice finds the legacy of the hero is alive and well. Corrupted have visited this town before, and they aren't quite vanquished just yet. There's one left, hiding away, biding his time to enact a terrible price on his enemies. A little creature with big, big plans ...
Werewolves. Vampires. Giants. Europe is a different place with new dangers, new monsters and new surprises.
Book 8: Darkness Rising
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm brought their stories to life.
But why? The question has haunted the heroes for two centuries, and no one has come close to the truth. Alice Goodenough will learn the terrible truth. And it will come at a terrible cost.
The fencing tournament is in just a few short days. Alice's team is hopelessly outmatched, facing off against fencers who have more experience and an inhuman amount of energy. But the other fencers also have a special drug, one that Alice's team can use to even the playing field. Whether they should take the drug or not threatens to tear the team apart.
Meanwhile, Alice must live up to her agreement with Sam Grayle, who lusts after a hidden treasure that once belonged to the Corrupted. Alice must team up with a group of explorers and delve deep into a forbidden cave that holds more secrets than any of them expected.
Book 9: Malevolence
The Malevolence has been biding its time inside Castle Vontescue, but now Alice must finally confront it. The very same evil force that brought the Grimms' fairy tales to life now threatens the hero and all she holds dear. No one is safe in the darkness.
But what, exactly, is this centuries-old creature? To find that out, Br'er Rabbit will have to use all of his wits and decode a series of clues before time runs out. Meanwhile, Alice must keep her friends close and fight through her numerous injuries if she hopes to stop the evil.
But nothing is certain. Alice's body is breaking down. Her loved ones are in constant danger. There is no escape now ... soon, she must face off against the ancient evil that lurks within Castle Vontescue.
And there will be blood.
This volume also contains the following extras:
- The lost diary of Abigail Bauer
- An exclusive introduction
... And the following Grimms' Fairy Tales:
- Hans in Luck
- The Brave Little Tailor
- Tom Thumb
- Twelve Dancing Princesses
November 11 - December 13th
OK. Charging toward a giant. Ribs sore. Breaths shaky. Hands sweaty. Plan? Well, the plan wasn’t that good.
The giant turned his massive head, glowering at me as I slid between two sports cars. One of his eyes was still larger than the other, and for good reason: he was still growing, slower now, but he’d already surpassed the giants in my dream. His right hand slowly reached down, grabbed one of the massive boulders at the edge of the parking lot …
And threw it right at me!
I turned left, kicking off the bumper of the nearest car. The closer the boulder got, the bigger it got. Not the size of a pebble or my head but a car! I dove, rolling, kicking up puffy snow, feeling my ribs cry out with a flash of pain. The boulder landed on the red Mercedes right next to me, squashing it like a pancake.
“Too close,” I said, taking a deep breath and forcing myself to my feet. He crawled closer to the building, closer to me, his thick glob-like fingers digging into the parking lot. I had to slow him down to give Briar more time to set up the cannon. And hopefully, people would come to their senses and eventually, you know, run away.
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. To date, he's had more than a dozen short stories published in literary journals, including Gargoyle, Barcelona Review and Midwestern Gothic.
This is Isabella Fontaine's first Young Adult series. In addition to managing the family farm, she also enjoys providing design-related services for those who meet the qualification of "fashion nightmare."
We devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. All three are important to us.
1. There are no love triangles. We've set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.
2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.
3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.