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This is the second to last interview!
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As you can tell today I am interviewing Alicia Gaile!
Let’s get to know her a bit more
About Alicia Gaile
I wrote my first fairy story when I was eleven years old and have been hooked on writing ever since. I received a Creative Writing degree from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and started writing early versions of Trial by Song while living abroad in Southeast Asia. When I’m not writing I like to draw, paint, and try out new cooking recipes.
Cluttered. My binders would have sheets of story notes sticking out between my homework, not to mention the crumpled up drafts that I can’t throw out in case there’s a line or idea I can use again later. Character sketches would be taped to the inside of the door.
They’re talking about Trial by Song, a YA retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack Sorley gets dragged through a portal into Faerie and escapes with a magic golden harp the fae are determined to get back. And things don’t get any easier when a girl with skin like snow turns up on his family’s doorstep with unexpected ties to the fae.
Apart from finding new ways to get my book in front of new readers, the hardest thing is trying not to give too many details away. I love talking about what Jack and Eira have in store for them, but I don’t want to ruin anything before readers get the chance to experience it for themselves.
The obvious couples are Jack and Eira. From the moment they meet, their lives both take a hard turn toward the uncanny. However, the more volatile pair are Logan and Daisy. He has the faery gift of persuasion. She’s one of the few people in town who can see through him. Their attempt at a relationship ends with Daisy carving her namesake into the side of his Mustang. However, daisy chains are known to provide protection from the fae, and considering what she knows, the Sorley brothers just might need a little extra protection.
I would love to see Winterthorn transforming from his stag form into his faery one with the Wild Hunt around him.
I make eye contact but don’t say anything unless he speaks up first. I don’t trust myself to be subtle enough to pull off accidentally, on-purpose running into someone swoon-worthy.
I brought a thermos full of soup and a bag of pretzel sticks. I’m a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to sharing drinks and spoons so I probably won’t share the soup unless we can find you a bowl, but you’re more than welcome to have the pretzels. Oh look, there’s a cookie! We can split it!
I’ll stay and play–as long as we’re not running laps. If I’m in the stands I like watching a softball or baseball game, but if it’s on TV I’d rather read a book than watch sports.
I draw on a lot of people and places I know to create the worlds in my novels. Trial by Song incorporates a lot of folklore and fantasy elements which gives me plenty of flexibility, but it’s set present day so I don’t have to do much historical research for setting. I do try and gather as much information about faeries and their ways as I can, the different types of faeries, how their courts are set up, who their leaders are…. I can’t use everything, but I love delving deeper into the lore that is already out there to put my own spin on things.
Trumpet (I played for three years in school). I like to listen to instrumental movie soundtracks while I write. John Williams, Danny Elfman, and James Horner have written some gorgeous soundtracks and themes.
It’s been amazing to meet so many new people who share a love of fairy tales and fantasy stories! I’ve met some truly wonderful, supportive people through social media, and I’ve really enjoyed swapping stories and advice.
If you want more stories like Trial by Song, I highly recommend Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, the first of her Night and Nothing novels. It’s a retelling of Tam Lin set in upstate New York. Or the faerie stories of Holly Black. Tithe was one of the first books I read that showcased the dangers of faeries, and it has stuck with me ever since.
Thank you for having me! I had a great time!
I heard retelling I’m totally ready to read Trial by Song XD ❤
I may be addicted to retellings . . .
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