NA: That’s great! What is unique in The Wolf of Tebron compared to other fairy tales?
SL: Well, it’s very unique in that I adapt elements from fairy tales that people are familiar with, old tales from Grimms and collections like Andrew Lang’s fairy books but I create full novel-length deep tales that have a lot of biblical infusion and sometimes loads of Scripture. Also no one in modern day is really doing this—other than Gregory MacGuire (Wicked), and his work is not Christian-based.
NA: Were there any books that you read that became inspiration or interest
in the genre?
SL: Just read fairy tales all my life. Plus I’m a huge fan of Patricia A. McKillip, who is the consummate fairy tale writer in the commercial market.
NA: Were there any smaller influences that found their way into your writing?
SL: Interesting question. Of course, my own spiritual journey and personality slip in—my doubts, fears, self-doubt—other characteristics that become parts of my characters. I don’t deliberately put “myself” in my books, but it can’t be helped.
NA: Have you ever met a wolf?
SL: I held a baby one once at a roadside attraction. It was amazing. Plus, I’ve always been a huge dog/wolf fan. I wanted an animal to represent many of God’s qualities so a wolf had all the comfort and loyalty of a dog, but also the fierce protectiveness of a wolf.
NA: Which character was the hardest to write?
SL: I can’t think of any really. All my characters grow organically out of the story idea and they just form into themselves as I mull over and plot the story.
NA: Which character was the easiest to write?
SL: They all felt easy but I think the Moon was the most fun, since she’s a lunatic.
NA: If you could be any person in your books, who would it be?
SL: In any of my books? I would probably be the princess, Aletha, in The Map across Time, coming out in March. She is fiercely loyal to her brother and full of spunk. I guess she is already a lot like me.
NA: If The Wolf of Tebron were made into a movie, would you have any preferred
actor, director, composer, etc?
SL: I am hoping a film company will make the books into movies. I really don’t have any preference but pray God opens the door to the right company and crew to make these movies glorify him.
NA: Can you tell us three things about yourself we readers may not know?
SL: I love to scuba dive. I am an avid backpacker and love nothing more than to be atop a mountain in the middle of nowhere. I am seriously addicted to chocolate and right now I’ve been on a diet and haven’t had any for eleven days. I’m surviving.
NA: I would like to scuba dive someday! Do you have any future book plans or ideas?
SL: Always! I just finished book four in the fantasy collection. I’m hoping to do at least seven, maybe ten. I can’t imagine ever stopping writing fantasy. I’m working on my ninth novel, my fifth contemporary, called Intended for Harm, a modern-day take on Jacob’s family. I have a swashbuckling dog memoir I’ve started and am waiting to see if the proposal sells, so at some point I’ll be writing that. I also have a sci-fi series I’ve started called Time Sniffers, with the first book done, a romping time travel adventure with alien camo “dogs” that can sniff out black holes.
NA: Wow, that is a lot! I look forward to them. J Do you have any advice to those writing or planning to write Christian fairy tales?
SL: If it’s in your heart to write them, do! Read lots of fairy tales and glean from them. There are so many timeless, gorgeous tales.
NA: Thank you for spending this time with us! It was great to have you! May God bless you and your writing!
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