Twisted Fairy Tales
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: July 6th
Number of pages: approx. 180
Word Count: 58,883
Cover Artist: Kyleigh Castronaro
Once upon a time, that’s how most of these stories start. But this isn’t one of those stories… Sure, it has the heroine and the hero but they’re not as you would expect them. Both of them have a bloodlust, one different from the other.
Quill was born and raised as a cold killer who takes enjoyment from the kill. Nero is the son of a Viking and a 1500-year-old vampire whose never been denied his pleasures before.
Until he meets Quill. He forces her to exchange her life for Rose’s, his indentured servant and Quill’s little sister. Drawn by her fearlessness and strength he has to have her but such a woman cannot be possessed. Both must learn to give up their carefully afforded control to let the other in. Only then may they have their happily forever after.
Sink your teeth into this dystopic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and satiate your booklust.
“I thought I might choke and die on your blood, but because I’ve already ingested some I would come back to life… like you.” She looked up at, her eyes wide with the panic that had gripped her before looking down at her feet again and taking a deep breath. She hated feeling vulnerable in front of him like this. But most importantly she hated not having all the answers like he seemingly did.
“The process is a little more complicated than that, but you would be temporarily held in a state between beings until I decided to claim you.”
“And would you have?” She looked up, her voice quiet as she spoke. There was an underlying fear in her question. A part of her was repulsed by the idea and yet the rest of her longed to know he would have her. She needed to know he would keep her even if she weren't the feisty human woman he claimed he was so intrigued by. When had she decided that his opinion of her was that important? When had she decided at all to allow a man to determine her fate?
Nero looked back at her unflinchingly as he moved closer to her, reaching out and tracing her lips gently before bringing his hand up along her jaw toward her ear. His fingers toyed with the hair tucked behind her ear before he shook his head at her.
“I would have to, I’m afraid to admit.”
She stared back at him in surprise, unsure of what she was supposed to say. She was far too distracted by his lingering fingers and how they gently caressed her skin, moving along it and forcing it to blossom into gooseflesh.
Bringing herself back to the moment she swallowed hard, forcing some kind of sound from her lungs, “why?”
“Because you have enraptured me in the most illogical way. Never before has a human woman been able to hold my attention for so long. Something about you calls to me like a familiar lullaby I once knew.” He paused, seeming to gather his thoughts. “My life will last forever but trifling with a mortal can feel like an eternity in hell. Humans by nature are far too slow, uncultured, undomesticated and someone my age doesn’t have the time to break something like that. But then I met you… You, curious you, who fights back, who questions me, who doesn’t want me in the way all women who have ever looked at me have. I don’t understand it, but I want to and worst of all I want you in a way I have never wanted anyone. I don’t need others, but I need you. I feel myself longing for it and whether it would be against your will or not I would change you because I cannot live without you.”
“One day you will have to.” She whispered quietly, staring at him with a bewilderment he had grown so accustomed to.
“Not today.” He whispered back, his voice much lower than hers as he leaned in and caught her lips with his. It was a bruising kiss that she felt all the way down into her toes. It ached in a way that touched her heart and soul. She felt it flow through all her veins and consume her like a fire.
Did you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, I did. I’ve always been telling stories from a young age, be it standing on the fireplace mantle and forcing my family to watch and listen or spending summers with my best friend coming up with fantastical stories that she drew the pictures for.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I think I’ve always considered myself a writer. There hasn’t been a time when I wasn’t writing down the stories in my head. But the first time I considered myself an author was actually about six or seven months after my first book was published when a blog posted a review of my book and I hadn’t even asked them for it. That made it all feel real.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first book was finished for quite a while and just sitting there. It took me about a year to finally work up the courage to say to myself “this is it, it’s done, it’s as good as it’s going to get.”
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I’m a tarot reader/psychic outside of writing. I’m also currently in school for holisitic therapies such as crystal healing, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, life coaching etc. But mostly my main career is my job and I’m lucky to have a husband who is willing to support me while I try and get myself off the ground.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Desecrated Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with vampires. Beauty isn’t as helpless as she is in Disney.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends really. I’ve written a book in as long as three months (that was the longest) and less than a month. It depends on if the characters are co-operating and if I’m enjoying the topic. I’m luckily a pretty fast typer so if the idea is flowing I can write a whole book in a short period of time.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Gosh, lots to expect. I have another Twisted Fairy Tale almost finished that will hopefully be out before Christmas. I’m trying my hand at a contemporary romance serial. I have the third book in my Grace of Gods series that will hopefully be available at the end of August or early September. I have another contemporary romance that’s knocking around in my head, which I’m hoping to start in a few weeks. I also have another Twisted Fairy Tale that wants telling as well.
What genre would you place your books into?
Definitely Romance. There’s always a Romance of some kind in my books. Currently all my available books are paranormal fantasies with supernatural creatures (vampires and Greek Gods).
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’m a hopeless romantic myself so there always is a hero and a heroine in my stories naturally. I also tend to write what I would like to read and I feel like there’s a lot of vampire books out there but none that are what I wanted. So I wrote Desecrated Beauty and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do. Even the bad ones. Although so far I have been lucky and the worst I’ve gotten is “This book is good but could use stronger editing.” Which I agree with however I don’t have the funds right now so you get what you get. I’m willing to overlook these things in books I read if the story is there so I just hope sometimes my readers do that too. That being said, I take a lot of care to try and not have too many errors. I got one review that was 2 stars and I felt so sick with worry when I clicked on it but surprisingly it said something like “really enjoyed this book, could see it on B&N shelves” and it left me scratching my head as to why she gave it 2 stars. That taught me not to take the ratings too much to heart so reading the reviews is a bit easier now.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Always write the book first. Sometimes titling can be really difficult. With Desecrated Beauty I actually took to Facebook and had people offer suggestions for the title and held a vote from the options I was given. That’s how I came up with the book’s name.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
This is going to sound really daft but the characters tell me. Nero went through three name changes before he finally admitted to his real name. Quill gave me her nickname but I knew her real name was going to be Isabelle because of “Beauty” obviously. Same with Rose, she represented the rose of the real story so her name had to match. But mostly they give me their names and until they do my manuscripts will read: “—walked into the room and turned to – with a grim smile, ‘—said we have to leave today.’” It can get confusing if the characters aren’t forthright.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I don’t really decide on character traits. I’m sure that sounds funny but the characters come to me as whole individuals. They tell me about themselves and what their story is so I tell it. Half the time what they tell me is bull-crap because they end up changing their version of events while I’m writing. But that’s okay with me, makes the journey more interesting.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?
Learning to trust not just other people and loved ones but trusting yourself. I think this is something that is underrated and a lot of people don’t realize that the first two forms of trust will only come from self-trust.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Right now eBook is my preferred form because I’m living in England and I’ll be moving back to Canada. But once I’m home again I look forward to rebuilding my paperback collection.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I loathe these questions… I really don’t think I have one favourite book. I have a bunch of different books I love for different reasons. So instead I’ll answer your second question… The book I have read the most is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It is most definitely in my top ten favourite books.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think it truly depends on the director and their commitment to the fandom and true story. I’ve seen some movie adaptations that are generous to the story in a good way and others who completely bastardize novels. My favorite movie transfer would have to be I Capture the Castle or Memoirs of a Geisha. The worst movie transfer would have to be The Hobbit or Vampire Academy.
Your favorite food is?
I love mac and cheese and pizza. And nachos… Basically anything covered in melted cheese!
Your favorite singer/group is?
My favourite group for writing inspiration would be Bastille or Marianas Trench. I also like Sam Smith, John Newman and Ella Eyre. (See! I have trouble picking favourites.)
Your favorite color is?
Purple. Pink. Yellow… Haha, you see where this is going?
Your favorite Author is?
Michelle Moran – I’d love to write historical fiction like her.
Kyleigh Castronaro is the author of the debut series Grace of Gods. She is a self-published author who tackles many of her projects entirely on her own. She designed the cover of her first novel, self-edited and prepared all formats of the book for publication. Originally from Milton, Ontario, she currently lives in Nottingham, England with her husband and their adorable miniature dachshund Hera.
When not writing Kyleigh enjoys spiritual development, crafting, travelling, spending time in nature, going to the movies, cooking and baking (and then eating), working on self-improvement and spending time with friends and family.