Title: Wolves and Roses
Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 31st, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“If Janet Evanovich teamed with a young adult, fairy-tale author like Marissa Meyer (the Lunar Chronicles) or Alex Flinn (Beastly), the result might be something like Christina Bauer’s Wolves and Roses.” –Blue Ink Review
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?
All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.
But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.
FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight And Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
>>I start out with an outline that’s called a beat sheet. This is a tool that’s featured in the writing tips book called Save the Cat. With the beat sheet, I break out my novel into three acts, which is a super helpful starting point to establish key milestones/beats. However, once I get into actually writing, then the characters have their own say about how to get from one milestone to the next. I used to hate that part of the process, but now I welcome it. It’s exciting too find out what the characters ‘want,’ if that makes sense!
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
>>Excellent question! About half the time, my ideas come from a question. For ANGELBOUND, I wondered what it would be like if those running the afterlife—as in angels, demons, and so on—were as clueless as we were about eternity. For WOLVES AND ROSES, it was a very different process. In truth, I was planning an adult werewolf romance. But then, when I started writing, the first scene had Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Red Riding Hood…they’re in a basement in Midtown Manhattan…and they’re participating in a therapy group for girls who are failing their fairy tale life template. I didn’t even know part of me was working on that story, so it was thrilling when it came out!
3. How long have you been writing?
>>I started writing when I was six years old, but it took me a while until I got into a groove with my process and support. Since 2013, I’ve published 2-4 books each year, not including audio books. I’m very fortunate to have a great editor and support staff these days.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
>>This is a hard business and an easy business. Writing is super tough because you have to work incredibly hard for a long period of time in order to be successful. That said, it’s also easy because it’s not in human nature to work incredibly hard for a long period of time on ANYTHING. So if you can pull off the ‘hard work and patience’ thing, then you’ve got it made.
5. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
>>Oh, I LOVE naming people and places! I often choose a language base for each major society in my books. That way, when I need to name someone, I know it should be German or whatever. And I do choose names with layered or sometimes silly meanings. For example, in ANGELBOUND, the language base for the Thrac people was Latin. Their word baculum (which is what their swords are called) is also the Latin term for penis. Which, let’s face it, sword fights are a big part sausage party anyway, so that’s why I chose it. I had one reader figure that out so far!
6. What are your favorite:
>>Lately, I’m really into the ‘Mars needs women’ trope. I’ve also been trying to find good dragon books, but no luck…So I’m writing one for launch in 2019 because DRAGONS!
>>For movies, I see almost every major release that isn’t horror and-or listed as ‘rotten’ on the Rotten Tomatoes rating site. I especially love fantasy and sci-fi movies. For TV shows, I’ve been super-impressed with Stranger Things and the Dr Who reboot.
>>I’ve been obsessed lately with “Feel it Still” by Portugal The Man. it’s a great tune and the layering of ‘found sound’ in the production is really cool. They put bits of video game music and dogs into the mix…Amazing!
>>”Grande hot mocha, non-fat, no-whip, no foam.” I’m like Norm from Cheers, the folks at the coffee shop start making it for me once I walk in the door.
Social Media Site
>>For WOLVES AND ROSES, I have a specialty landing site: www.magicorumBOOK.com. Check it out!
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.