I’m happy to welcome Jenniffer Wardell, author of Fairy Godmothers, Inc., to the blog today. Jenniffer is the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle reporter for the Davis Clipper. She’s won several awards from the Utah Press Association and the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is her first novel.
Goodreads Synopsis: In a world where fairy tale situations are as much a fact of life as death and taxes, everyone knows hiring Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is the best way to assure that your beautiful daughter or enchanted frog of a grandson will get the happily-ever-after he or she deserves. Sure, sometimes a little love potion is required to make sure those quotas stay up, but what Prince Charming doesn’t know won’t hurt him.
Kate, an experienced Fairy Godmother, who’s enough of a romantic to frustrate her rigidly rule-bound boss, has just received a specialty assignment from one of the company’s board of directors. Cinderella—Rellie for short—was placed with an appropriately wicked stepfamily years before, and now needs the dress, ball, and handsome prince to complete her happily-ever-after. The fact that Rellie isn’t sure this is her dream come true—balls are fun, but princes tend to be less interesting than fluffy bunnies—isn’t something management considers a problem.
Complicating things a bit is Jon, the youngest son of the royal family, who meets Kate, and is smitten, but isn’t quite ready yet to reveal his true identity. After all, it’s his older brother Rupert who’s supposed to marry Rellie, which means pretending to be a lowly civil servant will give him the chance to spend more time with Kate. (As long as he can get the ball arranged, and stop Rupert from getting himself into trouble over his “self-actualization” business, he should have the perfect opportunity to explain everything and get started on making a little magic with the Fairy Godmother of his dreams.)
But, of course, things never ever happen as planned.
Q. You’ve worked as an entertainment reporter, and you’re now a published author. Obviously, you enjoy writing, but has becoming a novelist always been your dream?
A. Absolutely. I’ve wanted to write books since I was five years old, and that desire has never gone away.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about the process of publishing your first book, Fairy Godmothers Inc.? I expect a lot of blood, sweat, and tears are involved in a debut publication.
A. About halfway through the second draft, I realized I had taken completely the wrong approach. I had to tear the whole thing down and rebuild it from the ground up. While I learned a lot, it was kind of like learning how to swim by being dropped into the Pacific. I’m just grateful the characters and I made it out alive.
Q. Fairy Godmothers Inc. is a fun, modern twist on a fairy tale we all know and love. What inspired you to write this spin on Cinderella?
A. Every time I read “Cinderella,” I always wanted to know more about the fairy godmother. What was she like? What was she doing there in the first place? When I finally started trying to answer those questions for myself, the story came to life.
Q. Rellie is a bit…naive, shall we say, while Fairy Godmother Kate has her feet firmly on the ground. What do you most want readers to know about these two characters?
A. Kate is smarter than Rellie in a lot of ways, but she also needs Rellie’s perspective. Kate lets herself accept the rules a little too often, even if she knows that they’re stupid. Rellie, on the other hand, is more than happy to point out how dumb something is.
Q. What can you tell us about your upcoming book, Beast Charming?
A. “Beauty and the Beast” is traditionally the story of how a sweet, innocent girl saves a crabby guy with anger issues that she has absolutely no reason to be attracted to. But what if she was just as crabby as he was? What if they needed to save each other? The answers to those questions led me to “Beast Charming.”