First, I want to Thank You Cam for this great interview, which is itself a beautiful story.
Second, I hope you all enjoy.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Because I am nuts. Lol. Seriously, there is something wrong with the wires in my brain. My sole reason for writing stories is that I looked for them in the bookstore and couldn't find them, so I finally said, wow, why don't i write them to amuse myself and then if others like it that would be awesome too.
So about Snow White Sorrow, I've always thought that the way fairy tales are approached in books and movies is nonsense. In face, as much as I love Disney, I don't like their takes on most fairy tales. The other thing is that I've always wanted to read a book where I can spend a real time with Snow White, not just a steroptypical fairy tale, and I've always wondered about the Queen, who she is and what her real name was, and why she was so evil.
And one day, I noticed that Snow White and Dracula have the same color theme in common between them. They both appear in black, red, and white color. Both of them were pale. And it suddenly hit me. What if Snow White was a vampire? Why not?
So I searched the internet to see if this story has already been written, and found Neil Gaiman's and Tanith Lee's take on the story. They both have written short stories where she was a vampire. But then, it wasn't enough, not fulfilling. They didn't give a reason or see it my way. When i continued my research, I almost think now that she is a vampire, and that is what the story is about. What will her story be like, if she were a vampire.
2. Tell us about your book.
I think I answered this in question one. I know. I talk a lot. That's why i have to put into books.
3. What determined you to try to shake centuries of story, to write another version of Snow White, a new and unimaginable version?
Although this might also be answered in answer number one, I'd add that i have done crazy research about why she could be a vampire. I mean in the books I will tell where the mirror came from with evidence, who here mother was, and why her mother wanted a child that had lips red as blood and hair black as ( night in my case ) and skin white (pale) like snow. I created a family tree and an own history of snow white that is dark and unimaginable that the Brothers Grimm had to bury the truth.
4. What was the think of the first person who read your book? But the first impression about the new Snow White?
I can't say. Because the story itself is full of twists. That's why I wrote the Grimm Prequels, short novellas that prepare for the main book, so a reader gets an idea about what to expect. But over all I get the comment this book is like a poisoned apple, once you take a bite, you will never think about fairy tales the same way again.
5. If in real life you could choose to be one of the characters, what would it be? Why?
That's an awesome question. There is a character I consider myself to be in the fairy tale world. I really want to say, but if I do, I might spoil all of book 2 for you.
6. What advice would you give writers who are starting out?
First of all, I need advice like all writers. I an indie writer, self published. But from my short experience in the last three month publishing short stories and so, I'd say one thing: Don't Wait! You got a story, now? in your mind? Go sit and write it before it evaporates, before the feelings that came along with it stiffen. Then use today's ebook revolution, whether kindle, nook, or even Fiction Press and publish it. Put it out free, because what you need is feedback, and you will in a shorter time than anyone.
I used to play guitar in a band until I was 23. And I know one thing for sure, that in my very first concert, the singer dropped mute, and I froze and couldn't strike the chords, and in the very last, I had fans who didn't want me to leave where I was performing. To become an artist, you will have to throw yourself out to the lions. Use the new technology and decide that it's not the final product. It's a place to learn from until one day when you read your own book, you say, ha! This will kick ass. I like it, and that's what matters:)
7. A message to readers from Romania:
Like I said in many other forums, Romanian youth have been the kindest to me. I get alot of email from them and they are encouraging and very creative. I met Romanian people and they seem all to have heart. I can't explain it further. Somethings are only felt:)
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.
Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.
When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.
The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.
What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.
Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live.
About the Author
Cameron writes books that he can't find elsewhere, basically to amuse himself. Everything Cameron does is for fun, so don't take him seriously. Never call him a writer. He hates that. He prefers the word: Storyteller, or the boy next door who claims he can tell stories.
If you like his books, horaaaay! He loves ya too. If ya don't, hoooray! Now we know in advance that this relationship isn't going to work.
Although his books are ordinary on the surface, they hold many secrets that he might reveal one day. What matters the most to him are characters struggling to find their identities and place in the world.
He also writes under another pen name that shall be revealed later.
Things you Don't need to know:
He celebrates his birthday twice a year, the day he was born and Friday the 13th. He wants to live in a bubble house. He lives in San Fransisco when he has no money. When he does, he travels away, and that's when he writes best. He is a damn good guitar player. He is damn good architecture college drop out. He likes boats, beaches, bears, beards, bananas, bars, barfights, beans, bikes, bones, butter, babes, bakery, blizzards, and pirates ( he thought it was spelled Birates when he was a kid. )
And honestly, writing in third person sucks! It's so fake.
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Source about the author: Goodreads - Cameron Jace