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Spindle by Shonna Slayton
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger…
Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?
When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness…and Briar’s not immune.
If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.
Inside the Mind of an Author
Do you really want to go inside the mind of an author? It’s a strange place fueled by chocolate and coffee and you could get hurt…because it’s the author’s job to make bad things happen to people.
I say people because our characters feel real to us. When I look at photographs from the late 1800s, I can say “That’s where Briar lives.” Or “That’s Briar’s spinning frame.” I still think about Kate from my Cinderella books and wonder how she is doing since it’s been over a year since she and I last had a chat.
But the terrible thing about constantly thinking about bad things that can happen to people is that you tend to project these situations onto your children. My son calls them my “doom prophecies.”
We joke about it, but I’m constantly posing worst case scenarios to him, and before he leaves the house he has to tell me how he’d get out of the bad situation. I call it survival training, but really, it’s the consequence of being the child of an author. There should be a word for it. Preacher’s kids are called PK’s. Missionary kids are MK”s. I guess author’s kids would be AK’s (?) They could form support groups and everything.
A trip to the grocery store is never that simple. Driving down the road I notice a car behind me. Is it following me? For what purpose? A highly skilled team of kidnappers, or are they about to pull a fake-crash insurance scam?
At the store, all the neatly-stacked produce is a breading ground for salmonella or a rare strain of bacteria that could spiral our world into a dystopian future. And all the packaged goods are filled with chemicals that will eventually kill us all anyway. Maybe I should move my family off the grid now.
Meanwhile, back at the house where I’ve left my children alone, I imagine the hot-water heater exploding. A gas leak could cut off the road and then how will I get back to them? And that car that was following me earlier? It really was a band of kidnappers and they’ve circled back to the house and in the chaos of a house blown to bits have absconded with my children!
Good thing my kids know how to escape when their hands are tied with zip ties. Silly kidnappers. These kids are AK’s. They know how to survive.
About the Author
SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes, set in the 1940s are out now. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s, will be out October 2016.
She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.
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