They appear in countless cultures--and
every culture offers its own unique twist. There are evil faeries and good
faeries, faeries who knot your hair and faeries who steal your children and
faeries who cobble shoes all day. When the Grimm brothers wrote their tales,
faeries were something to be feared. Faeries had an agenda, and chances were it
wasn't good for us mortals.
Faeries are known for entrancing mortals to
the Otherworld with music and dance. Taking them under the big top in my
serialized novels, The
Immortal Circus and The
Immortal Circus: Act Two, seemed like a logical next step. I've been in the circus world for a good
chunk of my life, and if there's any place or job on earth that would harbor
mythical, beautiful, talented—and slightly devious—creatures, it would be the
I grew up with the twisted faerie
tales—never the happy ones. This might explain more about my psyche than
anything else, but hey, full disclosure, right? Here are some of the many
inspirations for my Immortal Circus novels.
Fairy Tales was a staple in my youth (The
original Snow White? Terrifying.) My
favorite movie growing up was Labyrinth
(and not just for David Bowie. I won't lie: I tried to get the goblins to
take my little brother more than once).
I was obsessed with On All
Hallows Eve by Grace Chetwin and the idea of people being
transported to the other side—I loved anything Halloween related,
actually. Yes, I was that kid and yes, I did make haunted
houses in the basement. They were amazing.
I also got into world mythology and folklore really young, so
it wouldn't be surprising to see me reading Celtic myths in tandem to Everworld by K.A. Applegate.
The TV series Dollhouse. I was in
love with the idea of a character who didn't know who she was, but found
out along with the audience. So thanks, Joss Whedon, for the inspiration
for magical amnesia.
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa—this is a series that does faeries justice.
The Courts are plotting, the kingdoms vast, and the characters rich. I
wanted to capture some of that magic and give it my own twist.
Cirque Du Soleil. If you haven't seen it, do. And support your
local circus scene as well. A good show does exactly what faeries do in
the first place—it takes you somewhere you've never dreamed of.
Together, these influences helped birth a
story that is dark, twisted, and a little bit sexy. Exactly how a good faerie
tale should be.