|Posted by Lydhia Marie on May 1, 2015 at 11:20 AM|
In need of a good laugh or simply to get out of your ordinary life? Then I have the perfect remedy for you. Pickles and Ponies: A Fairy-Tale (adult fairy-tale) by Laura May.
Thanks to a curse, Prince Vanya was born with a silent heart. Luckily, he has his talking horse (conveniently named 'Horse') to help — and he'll need it. The prince is on a quest to save Melodia, Princess of Rather Fishlike Things, who's been thoroughly brainwashed. On his way he'll encounter friends and foes, most of them with attitude. Meanwhile, Melodia stumbles into ill-advised adventures of her own.
Will the prince manage to rescue the princess? Will he break free from his curse? And most importantly, will there be a happily ever after?
Read the following to know more about the author and her inspirations.
Title of most recent book:
Pickles and Ponies: A Fairy-Tale (a fairy-tale for grown-ups)
What inspired you to write this book?
My grandmother made me promise to write her a book, so it was really all emotional blackmail. I was living in Russia when the ideas started coming together, which led to a fair bit of Russian folklore sneaking in. Apart from that, inspiration was just from the crazy situations I found myself in, and the amazing people I met while travelling!
Is there a message in your novel that you would like writers to grasp?
There are quite a few in there. I can’t help myself I’m afraid—I’d been teaching from ‘The Little Prince’ immediately before I started writing it, so didn’t hold back with delivering moral messages! Definitely believing in yourself, seeking balance in your life, and understanding that you can’t control others’ feelings are three of the big ones.
What do you like the most/least about writing?
The first thing that comes to mind is that Ernest Hemingway quote, that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.” Typewriter and vein-opening aside, this is pretty spot-on. Inevitably, I find that a lot of the things you personally struggle with or have personally been through as an author make their way into your writing, whether that’s pain or pleasure. One of the things I like most about writing is how cathartic it is—getting something off your mind, or rewriting things perhaps the way you would have wanted them to be. On the other hand, I think it’s quite difficult to be exposed like that, especially when your book is available to the world! Haha though now that I’ve said that, probably the thing I like least of all is redrafting. And redrafting again. And redrafting some more. But does anybody like that part?!
If you could be any animal or insect, what would you be?
Well obviously a lion. Who wouldn’t choose a lion? Lions are awesome, just look at Simba. Sure he had some teething problems growing up, but he got to kick some serious ass by the end.
Is there one subject/theme you would never write about and why?
I avoid writing about anything really depressing nowadays, as I find it really sucks you in. “Never” is a long time, but for now anything super-dark is off the cards.
What kind of books do you read?
It would be easier to tell you what I don’t read (namely: Westerns and true crime). My favourite genre is magical realism—if that’s not a genre, it should be!—especially by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Ruis Zafon, Lisa See, and newcomer Yangszee Choo. I also love really ridiculous and absurd comedies (think Douglas Adams or Sorin Suciu), plus quite a bit of fantasy (eg Sarah J Maas). Ooh, but then there’s Dianne Wynne Jones and Yasunari Kawabata, and Wilbur Smith as a guilty pleasure.
Do you believe in “Happily Ever Afters?”
In the literary sense I think they’re inevitable—they’re what people want to read, and books and film are escapism after all. Why live another life if it’s never going to go the way you want? We all want the girl to get the guy, the demons to be defeated, the personal growth to occur, happiness to be attainable. In real life though I’m very deeply cynical, and remain unpersuaded. I guess I’ll have to keep you posted (and if I start writing trashy romance, you’ll know why!).
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I’d like the ability to make people happy. I just really don’t like that people have to be sad sometimes, and I’d like to be able to alleviate that for them. Actually that’s part of the reason I started giving my book away for free (www.explaura.net/book-giveaway) —I figured that if it could bring a smile to some unknown face, then that was pretty awesome.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes! I’m currently working with my friend Sorin to put together an anthology in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett, with all funds raised going to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Submissions are open at the moment (until the end of May), and we’ve had some fantastic ones pouring in. It’s a really exciting project, and for a brilliant cause. Any budding writers who are interested in learning more can check out www.explaura.net/call-for-submissions.
Thanks for reading!
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