I had the pleasure of interviewing Erin Lee about one of her latest releases While Bella Slept. The eBook released January 23, 2021. I absolutely loved this one! If you enjoy fairy tales be sure to check out this retell.
Let’s dig into one of your new releases While Bella Slept.
Tell us a little about your story and the story world you've created. While Bella Slept is a modern Sleeping Beauty retell. I wrote this book after an invite into a SASS charity anthology. We were able to choose any fairytale we wanted and the image I used for the cover struck me. This is the story of a woman in a coma and what’s happening inside her own world (her mind) and outside of her (in her hospital room) while she’s unconscious. Out of all the fairy tales out there what made you pick sleeping beauty? I had a client in a coma when I picked this story. For that reason, I wanted to work through those feelings while using that image that also spoke to me. Sleeping Beauty made sense for both reasons. Can you tell us about some of the characters in your book? Any favorites? Bella’s mother is my favorite. She loves her daughter fiercely but has a hard time understanding who her daughter really is. Her transformation in this book is inspiring to me. I also love her mother’s friend, who helps facilitate this. How did you select the names of your characters for this book? The name Bella was obvious because it means beauty. With all other names, I use names of people I know who remind me of the characters or baby name books. Which character was most challenging to create? Why? Bella’s nurse. I didn’t want to give too much away but needed to show who she was. Because I couldn’t spell her story out fully, I had to work around her more than I normally do with characters. What was your favorite part about writing While Bella Slept? Knowing what the twist would be. I love books with twists and throwing in those tiny hints along the way for readers is always fun. Did you edit anything out of this book? Adverbs. Any challenges that you faced when writing this book? Showing Bella’s dark inner world was much harder than the real time things happening in her hospital room because I wanted her inner world to be dark and twisted to represent locked in syndrome. Which scene or chapter in the book is your favorite? Why? The last because of Bella’s mother’s transformation and the important messages that come with it. I personally loved this book. Do you currently have other retells available or have any planned for the future? I have an entire series of retells coming under EL George. I’m currently working on Shrinking Tink and will soon be publishing Shrinking Cin as the first book in the After Tales Series. These retells will combine my experiences with real life clients and people to the original classic tales. Just for fun, if you could pick any fairy tale to be in which one would you pick? Alice. I have always wanted to live in a place like Wonderland. I’d love to attend a Hatter tea party. What do you hope your readers take away from this book? That true love comes in all forms. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with readers? I am writing Shrinking Tink and can’t get enough of it. The main character, Wendy Darhling, is a spitfire who feels entirely misunderstood. She has a spectrum disorder diagnosis but a secret that makes that questionable. Determined to never grow up, she attends school at Neverland Heights High School and can’t understand why the adults in her life insist she attend the Lost Boys group therapy sessions. In her mind, it’s the adults who have lost their minds and not the other way around. That is all that I have for today. Thank you for taking the time to do this Q & A with me and congrats on your release! I am excited to hear about the upcoming retells. I'll be impatiently waiting for those! Thank you so much and for all you do for indie authors!
Grab your copy of While Bella Slept. eBook: mybook.to/BellaSlept