Saturday, January 31, 2015

2 Sarah Cross, author of TEAR YOU APART, on not rejecting yourself

What was your inspiration for writing TEAR YOU APART?

I wanted to do another book set in Beau Rivage (a city where people are cursed to live out fairy tales), and "Snow White" is one of the fairy tales I was most surprised by when I first read the Grimms' version, because it's so disturbing and the "happily ever after" is not romantic at all. I really wanted to play with that story, and write about a girl who was anticipating that twisted fate.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

The hardest scenes to write, for me, are the emotionally intense scenes. I tend to rework those the most, going over and over them until I feel like the intensity I want is there. I don't know that there's a scene I'm most proud of; at this point in the process, it's hard for me to break it down like that. I'm really proud of the book as a whole.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

Anyone who likes dark reimaginings of fairy tales should check out Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, Tanith Lee's Red as Blood: Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, and Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Don't give up. Seriously. That is the most important thing. The most devastating rejection is the one you give yourself. It's the only "no" that's final, the only one that can really stop you.


Tear You Apart
by Sarah Cross
Released 1/27/2015

If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.

Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.

But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything—but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen.

All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?

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Sarah Cross is the author of the fairy tale novels Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart (coming January 2015), the superhero novel Dull Boy, and the Wolverine comic "The Adamantium Diaries." She loves fairy tales, lowbrow art, secret identities and silence. Visit her website here


  1. Thank you for the encouraging interview. This is a wonderful quote: " The most devastating rejection is the one you give yourself. It's the only "no" that's final, the only one that can really stop you."

  2. just blogwalking.. Nice post and have a nice day :)


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