Friday, November 02, 2012

Blog Tour: Two and Twenty Dark Tales

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Two and Twenty Dark Tales:
Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Publication date: October 16th 2012
by Month9Books


In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.

Today as part of the Two and Twenty dark Tales blog tour, I have the lovely Leigh Fallon over for an interview. Leigh is one of the authors in this anthology, in addition to her novel, Carrier of the Mark–which you will have a chance to win! 🙂

Interview with Leigh Fallon
Q. Is this the first time having a short story published in an anthology? How different is it writing a short story vs a full length novel?

Yes, this is the first short story I’ve had published. I have to admit; it was a bit daunting writing a short story for the first time. Trying to squish background, plot, and interesting character that the readers will connect with, into three to four thousands words is no mean task. There’s no time for tension build up, so you have to be able to wham it all out on the table and hook the reader right from the beginning. I did a little research before I started writing and studied how different authors worked their story curve. So I had a good idea how I was going to tackle the retelling before I started.

Q. What does your daily routine look like?

The morning is crazy, I have to get my four kids out to school.  Once they’re all up and gone, I settle into some writing time. I’m trying out a new writing schedule. I try to write 1 to 2 K a day, then catch up on my admin work, like interviews etc. before lunch. The afternoon is a chaotic mix of housework, starving children, cooking, editing and beta reading if I can squeeze it in, and all that dribbles into the evening, where I finally (once the kids are in bed) collapse on the couch with a cup of tea and the remote.

Q. After reading your bio I have to ask, convent school! What was that like?

Strict! All girls and never allowed to mix with the boys school down the road. We had to wear this maroon uniform, a pleated skirt (below the knee at all times), White starched blouse, Maroon, white, and blue striped tie (very Harry Potter), a maroon V-necked wool jumper (sweater), white socks (pulled up to the knee), black shoes (the more nunnish the better), grey gabardine (a woolen long trench coat that soaks up every bit of moisture – not such a great choice in a country where it rains 90% of the time), and a maroon, blue, and white scarf. Makeup was strictly forbidden, as was any sort of hair coloring or nail varnish. Teachers were either nuns or cloak wearing lay people, and some even wore mortarboards. Field hockey was the sport of choice, and we had to wear these little gymslips for all gym activities. Ugh.

Q. I also saw you moved to the US from Ireland, how much of an adjustment was that? Like, did you often find yourself driving on the wrong side of the road?

Actually, I adapted to driving on the other side of the road no problem, but there were a few things that I found a little harder to get used to. Did you know our light switches go in the opposite direction to the US ones, and that we write dates the opposite way to here? Even the way we tell the time is different. LOL! But the biggest change for me was that I had to change how I talk, and how I express myself so as not to offend people or leave them confused. It’s nothing major, but just little things can be taken up the wrong way. The Irish use language differently, we use sarcasm in every day conversation, and we’re always just a step away from cracking a joke. It can be really misinterpreted by people who don’t expect it. But I think I’ve gotten used to it, well that or people just know what to expect from me. LOL! I hope it’s the former.

Q. Is there anything else about you that would surprise your readers?

I’m not sure about surprised, but here are some lesser-known facts about me.

I was born in South Africa.
I got engaged at the summit of Mount Etna, Sicily.
I worked in Treasury for most of my career.
I worked all over Europe.
I have four kids including identical twin boys.
I used to be a soprano singer (and I use the words ‘used to’ very strongly).

Thanks so much for dropping by, Leigh! I think I may be Irish! I’m sarcastic on a daily basis >.< And I loved the facts! Soprano singer was definitely surprising and so cool!!

I was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in my 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork I discovered a love of writing. I write mainly for the young adult market. My current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted me to abandon my ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and have been writing ever since. I have another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects I’m working on. My family and I now share our time between Ireland and the US.

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Canadian blogger, wife, mother, coffee lover, and sarcastic at heart! She has had a love for all things bookish since before Amazon and eReaders existed *le gasp*. You can also find her organizing tours and other fun things at Xpresso Book Tours.

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17 Responses to “Blog Tour: Two and Twenty Dark Tales”

  1. Nick

    Great interview, Giselle!
    The answer to the question about adjusting to the US was great. I moved here 2 months back and I’m still having a hard time with the whole opposite driving side and the way dates are written!
    And yeah, the Soprano singer part was definitely surprising!
    Thanks for sharing, Giselle! 🙂

  2. Jenn Renee

    Great interview. Leigh sounds so amazing, and she seems to have been everywhere. I need to talk to my hubby and ask why I wasn’t proposed to on a mountian! I have Carrier of the Mark on my TBR this month. I have the audio and can’t wait to get to it. Great post!

  3. Megan K.

    Oh, I can’t imagine going to a convent school. Not mixing with boys? That’s pretty old-fashioned! 😛 But Leigh looks like she’s had a pretty cool life. I mean, she’s been to LOADS of countries I want to go, like South Africa. 🙂

    Great interview, Giselle and Leigh!

  4. Holly Bryan

    Loved the interview! Two and Twenty Dark Tales sounds fabulous – why have *I* never thought to myself, “gee, did Jack really fall down that hill? Or did that crazy witch Jill PUSH HIM?!?!” I mean seriously, whose brain comes up with that?! And why can’t mine?!?! 🙂

    I continue to be AMAZED by women who have four, five, even six children and do such amazing things as Leigh!! I have ONE four-year-old, who honestly would win world’s best, most polite, most loving, most well-behaved child award (ie, he’s pretty much ZERO trouble, ever), and I still can’t do much more than two loads of laundry a day… HA!

    PS – Leigh, this cover is divine, and I saw the next book’s cover recently on your reveal – love it too!!

  5. Michelle

    Love the interview! I love to hear how things like lightswitches and stuff like that are different in other places. It’s the little things that you never think about.

    I really want to read this anthology, it looks awesome… I wish I would’ve gotten to it before Halloween though. It looks like the perfect book to get you in that kind of mood 🙂

  6. efstathiast

    Excellent interview!
    Hey, I’m new around here so can you pleasee visit my blog and leave a comment!! It’s written in my language but I know Engish very well! I would apreciate that! thanks.