I must confess that sometimes I regret taking the self-publishing route, as I have much to learn about being market savvy and I find it difficult to find reviewers for self-published works. So I was absolutely thrilled when Fairy Tale Central decided to interview me and review my latest novel, A Fair Account of the Traitors Snow White and Rose Red. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and amazed by the in-depth analysis of the book's strengths and weaknesses. Here are seven of my favorite snippets from Christine's review, with my emoticon-enhanced commentary:
*"An intricate plot, a gorgeous fairy tale setting, beautiful writing, compelling characters—this novel was everything I want in a fairy tale retelling…and more!" (Aww, this scintillating snippet calls for sparklestars! 🌟⭐🌟)
*"S.E. Page can paint words like no other. Her description and prose is like stepping into a field of flowers, you just want to breathe it in and soak up the sights. I couldn’t get enough of it." (Not going to lie…totally crying English major tears of joy here. ⚘⚘⚘😭⚘⚘⚘ I am always getting into trouble for my efflorescent scribbles, so it is nice to get them right sometimes.)
*"I gotta say, though, my favorite character was probably Jack. Not only is he a magical elf (which, ya know, is the BEST) he’s also a total sass master. I do so love the snarky ones." (Everyone keeps telling me Jack is their favorite character!😎 Heh 😄 heh 😅 I guess I need to write him his own book).
*"It was one of those novels that made me want to ART. If you’re a writer (or an artist!) you probably know what I’m talking about. It was just so inspirational. It filled up my creative soul." (It is my secret wish in life to write tales that take over people's imaginations🎨 and make them wonder up new futures, new art, and new paths for my characters. I just start the story. The readers do the rest.)
*"If you’re looking for a fluffy, romantic fairy tale…this isn’t it. This is the dark, creepy, dangerous kind." (Yay! I had to work hard for the danger vibe as my ink naturally tends towards the fluffy. 😆 Thanks, pesky little editorial sister for insisting on all those grueling revisions. I guess I owe you chocolate or something for putting up with all my griping! So much chocolate . . . . )
*"This was truly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read in my life. I felt like it took the meaning of a fairy tale to its core and brought it to life in such a vibrant way. I could seriously fangirl forever. Just…just read it, guys!
The plot had me enraptured, the world was so complex and fascinating, the characters’ emotions were tangible, the stakes were high, the writing style blew me away. It was a masterpiece of a novel."
(Thank you for taking the time and effort for such an incredibly in-depth review!😁 Insert: squees of happiness☆★☆★☆)
When I begin a new novel, I feel like I start with a twig hut and painstakingly build up towards the dream of a cathedral. But no matter how grand or palatial the narrative, in the end, it is only the reader's imagination that lights up the jewel fire in the story's stained-glass windows.
I am so glad you decided to take a chance on Snow White and Rosavere's (and Jack's😊) misadventures, Fairy Tale Central.
And to top off this amazing week of wonderful surprises, artist Hannah S. J. Williams created a gorgeous fan-made cover of the book. I've been extravagantly lucky to have artist Audrey Bagley illustrate my work, but I've also always hoped that one day, a reader would love one of my stories enough to create fan art. Writer wish unlocked!🌟
And one last cherry on the random happy things sundae: Audrey found this gorgeous music video "Snow White and Rose Red (featuring Ulli Perhonen)" by Blackbriar. It could totally be the main theme song for my story! Not telling how many times I have hit the replay button already . . . .