We have a lot of fantastic authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. Today we’re talking to Laura Wettersten, author of MY FAIRE LADY, coming from Simon & Schuster BFYR in 2014. One author, four questions. Here we go!
Hey, you’re getting published! How’d that happen?
As usual, it’s a long story. I started writing seriously in 2004, but it wasn’t until about 2009 that I felt comfortable enough with any of the novels I’d written to send them out. For the first time, I’d written a young adult novel and felt like I’d finally found my voice. It was kind of crazy. I sent it out to maybe 21 agents, but just had a gut feeling about one of them in particular: Kenneth Wright, who worked at Writer’s House, and wouldn’t you know? He offered me representation. He’s since left agenting to be the VP at Viking Press, which meant that my book kind of got stuck in the submissions process. But no worries, I met my editor at Simon & Schuster through the submission for that book, one thing led to another, and I started a brand new book for them, MY FAIRE LADY.
What’s your debut book about? Can you share any cool details with us?
Here’s the blurb from GoodReads:
Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.
As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.
Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?
Cool details. Well. The boys in this book are dreamy, plain and simple. And it’s as close to a fairy tale as you can get in today’s world. I mean, Ro, my main character, gets to wear beautiful Renaissance gowns, have troubadours sing to her, and hang out with knights. You can’t beat that.
I had a lot of fun researching this book, that’s for sure. I sat for several hours with a face painter at a local Renaissance faire, watching her work. (And stuffed myself with turkey legs, apple dumplings, and mead while she worked. I was really helpful.) She shows up in my book as Robbie, one of the artists at King Geoffrey’s Faire. I also based the layout of King Geoffrey’s on Ohio’s Renaissance Faire, so if you read the book and visit that faire, you might experience some intense deja vu.
What are you most excited about in the debut process?
Really, each step along the way has been thrilling. From the initial email from Simon & Schuster to everything about the editing process (no, really) to meeting other debut authors and looking forward to things like seeing my cover for the first time. Honestly, the thing I’m looking forward to most is just seeing it on the shelves. I won’t lie – when I’m in Barnes & Noble I often gaze wistfully at the spot in the W’s where the book will be placed.
What cool facts might readers not know about you?
- When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be the next Jim Henson. I had probably 50 stuffed animals, and each had their own personality, story, and voice. (Probably good practice for this writing thing).
- I was born on Dec. 27th. People feel sorry for me because my birthday is so close to Christmas. They obviously don’t understand how awesome that is.
- I truthfully like caramel more than chocolate.
- I totally believe in ghosts. I lived in a haunted house for a year when I was little.
- My most embarrassing moment was one day my classmate discovered that my mother’s underwear was in my book bag because it had been used the week before as a vacation bag. My mother’s purple-flowered undies ended up on the classroom ceiling fan.
- My maid of honor (a friend since high school) told this story during my wedding toast. I didn’t blame her one bit for using such great material.
|Laura Wettersten lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband and their two neurotic dogs. She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she’s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns. Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases from Simon & Schuster BFYR in 2014.|