JJ is delighted to welcome Laura Kenyon today.
Laura Kenyon is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Boston College. Her stories
and articles have appeared in Kiwi Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Just Labs, Serendipity, The Improper Bostonian, InD’tale Magazine, and Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings, as well as in myriad newspapers and at PrickoftheSpindle.com. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their silver Labrador retriever. DESPERATELY EVER AFTER is her first novel.
She loves connecting with readers on her blog (laurakenyon.com), Twitter (twitter.com/laura_kenyon), Facebook (facebook.com/LauraKenyonWrites), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/laurakenyon).
Representation: Michelle Brower
Folio Literary Management
What happened after those fairy tale princesses marched down the aisle?
Shaz, it’s so great to be here, and to be gearing up for my Fiction Addiction blog tour! Thanks so much for having me.
2014 has been quite an interesting year, to say the least. Long ago, I vowed to publish my first book before my first child was born. Well, I only made it by a couple months, but goal accomplished!
In many ways though, Desperately Ever After is my first “baby.” Only rather than nine months, I carried it for several years. Rather than having to refuse alcohol, there were times when things progressed even better with a goblet of pinot noir or a cosmopolitan. And while both landed me in tears more than a few times, the book is proving far less painful in the end!
But before I start ranting about the “joys” of pregnancy (why some people call it the best time of your life is beyond me—that’s like saying airport security is the best part of a vacation), I should talk a bit about my book.
Desperately Ever After takes some of our most celebrated fairy tale princesses and asks what happened after their march down the aisle. How many kids would Cinderella have ten years down the road? Would her iconic ball gown still fit? Would she feel suffocated by responsibility? Would “true love” endure?
And what about Beauty? After all, her husband was quite a jerk before he became a monster. Too hung up on looks to let a little old fairy in from the rain! Once his curse broke, how long would it take for “Beast” to go right back to his old ways? When would he realize there were a million other “beauties” in the sea … and it’s good to be the King.
These are just some of questions I wanted to answer, but in a way that had never been done before. I didn’t want to create another modern retelling—where “Prince Charming” owns a Fortune 500 company, for example, and “Cinderella” works in the mail room and has two evil roommates. Instead, I wanted to continue the “original” tales where they left off (within reason—Cinderella’s stepsisters don’t get their eyes plucked out).
Furthermore, I wanted the characters to actually BE those princesses—not some symbolic rendition of them. And I wanted them to all live in the same time and be the best of friends—like the women of Desperate Housewives or Sex and the City.
So when it comes down to it, Desperately Ever After is about a group of women coming to terms with how their lives have turned out. They may be dealing with infidelity, temptation, aging, stress, PREGNANCY, or the constant need to sacrifice their own dreams for the benefit of others. They may pretend they feel one way because they think it protects them, when really they feel the complete opposite. They may ignore problems that are right in front of their faces, or they may fabricate problems that don’t exist at all. Either way, it’s about real life and friendship and how one could never work without the other.
Originally, I intended for Desperately Ever After to be a single book with the option, far in the future, of a sequel. But just like the little bundle inside of me, once things got going, the characters took on a life of their own. They became as real to me as any flesh-and-blood friends, and I couldn’t justify smashing all of their stories into one book. Dawn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty), for example, has one of my favorite storylines, but I couldn’t do it justice while Belle and Cinderella and Rapunzel were trying to hog the stage! So she gets to share the spotlight in the sequel, Damsels in Distress, which will come out this summer.
Thank you for sharing your inspiration with my blog readers today Laura.
Three parts Brothers Grimm.
Imagine what might happen if our most beloved fairy tale princesses were the best of friends and had the dreams, dilemmas, and libidos of the modern woman. How would their stories unfold after the wedding bells stopped ringing?
Set in a fictional realm based on New York City, DESPERATELY EVER AFTER sprinkles women’s fiction with elements of fantasy, and encourages readers to rethink everything they know about happy endings.
Years after turning her husband from beast back to man and becoming his queen, Belle finds out she’s finally going to have a child. But before she can announce the wondrous news, she catches him cheating and watches her “happily ever after” go up in flames.
Turning to her friends for the strength to land with grace, she realizes she’s not the only one at a crossroads:
- Cinderella, a mother of four drowning in royal duties, is facing her 30th birthday and questioning everything she’s done (or hasn’t) with her life.
- Rapunzel, a sex-crazed socialite and one-woman powerhouse, is on a self-destructive quest to make up for 20 years locked away in a tower.
- Penelopea, an outsider with a mother-in-law from hell, is harboring a secret that could ruin everything at any moment.
With the wit of authors like Jennifer Weiner and the vision of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, the women of DESPERATELY EVER AFTER rescue each other from life’s trials with laughter, wine, and a scandalous new take on happily ever after.
The sequel, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, is due out in August.
Desperately Ever After is going on tour!
|3rd June||Books are my life|
|Chicklit Club Connect|
|4th June||Lost in Chick Lit|
|5th June||Chicklit vs Fantasy|
|6th June||trips down imagination road|
|9th June||Rachel Brimble Romance|
|11th June||Have Book, Will Read|
|13th June||M’s Bookshelf|
|16th June||A Novel Review|
|19th June||Tea Party Princess|
|24th June||Fiction Dreams|
|Inheritance Books with Rhoda Baxter|
|25th June||The YA’s Nightstand|
|26th June||Compelling Reads|
|30th June||Tracy Riva Books and Reviews|
|Deal Sharing Aunt|
Every tour host will be offering an ecopy giveaway so make sure you check out their posts!
We hope you’ll join in the fun.