It’s time to brighten up this cloudy day where I am! (Just rainy and gray.)
So, let’s bring some sunny rays with this wonderful interview with author, Carrie Anne Noble!
Her and her book are so kind and just thrilled to be chatting with her this morning!
Come on, let me introduce you to her book and then let’s dive in!
About the Book
Sixteen-year-old Gretchen has been waiting forever to trade life on a dreary orbiting station for life on gloriously regenerated Earth. Still, visiting faerie-infested Britannia is not on her agenda—especially since no human who’s ventured there has ever returned. But when her stepsister sneaks off to the island to meet a faerie boyfriend, Gretchen’s stepmother forces her to choose: risk death to rescue the runaway, or forfeit her father’s life.
Lost in the faeries’ forest, Gretchen meets a family of Bearfolk—faeries who can shift between human and bear forms. Kindhearted seventeen-year-old Arthur volunteers to help, but his wily mother has other plans. Believing Gretchen is the legendary Silverhair who’ll bring the Bearfolk victory, she deviously leads them along roads fraught with magic and peril—and directly into the warzone.
When the battle proves costly to everyone, Gretchen and Arthur must each gather the courage to sacrifice what they hold dearest in order to save the ones they love most.
– Welcome Carrie! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Imaginative, introverted, and nerdtacular!
– LOVE! I want to join you in being nerdtacular! I saw you mention on your website you were a theatre student! That is so exciting! What kind of “position” did you have during productions? Has that affected your writing today?
In the university theatre department, I gravitated towards backstage work, especially costuming. I thought I wanted to be an actor but I was such a big chicken! I later realized I just wanted to play dress-up and pretend—which is kind of what I do now, only in my head. As an author, you have to inhabit all sorts of characters and transcribe their emotions and actions onto paper. The stuff I learned about digging for the motivations and hidden intentions of characters in plays is absolutely applicable to creating characters for novels.
– One of my siblings loved doing costuming in theatre! I love how you describe the process of storytelling to be like dress-up and pretend but on paper! What a fun way to look at writing. I know in the past you’ve mentioned being a huge fan of NaNoWriMo as well as an avid participant each year. I think that’s awesome! Did you write Gretchen and the Bear during NaNo? Also, do you have any special pre-NaNo celebrations you do each year to get ready?
Yes, I did write the first draft of Gretchen and the Bear during NaNoWriMo, in 2017. It was vastly different than the version that was just published. I don’t remember much about it except that it was set in the 1800’s and probably read more like a romance than an adventure. It was not good—but it was a start!
To get ready for NaNo, I try to get the house straightened up and have some snacks ready, and ideas for simple dinners for the family. That’s not much of a pre-NaNo celebration—but my region does always have a fun Thank Goodness It’s Over party in December, with lots of treats and nerdy writer games!
– How interesting to know that! I think this story was a wonderful adventure! <3 And speaking of, MANY congrats on the release of Gretchen and the Bear! That opening line was epic! “Every color Gretchen had ever seen was a lie—or at least a very serious understatement.” Gah, I just love that! What colorful place do you think Gretchen would love if she visited it in our world?
Thanks! I imagine, especially as a plant lover, Gretchen would love to visit the colorful tulip fields in Holland. I bet I’d cry myself seeing all that glorious color! I would love the chance to find out. Want to go?
– I’m 100% up for it!! I could imagine I would cry too! Though I hope we don’t run into any “villains” like a certain someone in your book. Evil stepmothers are just the worst! What do you think makes them such compelling villains that you just want to wipe off the screen, or in this case, page? Oh, and how can we go give Gretchen’s stepmother a good scolding? 😉
Evil stepmothers are despicable, aren’t they? I think everyone can relate to the feeling of being undervalued or unjustly treated by someone who holds power over them, so it’s pretty easy to despise a villain who operates that way.
As far as scolding, I think Gretchen’s stepmother would just turn up her nose and ignore all criticism, the beast!
– Oooo! That is SO well said! Very true! Ugh! Yes, she probably would, which is even more frustrating! LOL! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
I’d like to hang out with Arthur. He’s just so kindhearted and sweet. We’d go on a picnic in a safe part of the faerie forest, and he could draw the scenery after we stuffed ourselves with food from one of those magical dinner-wish blankets.
– Be still my heart! He was one of my favorite characters! He really is so sweet! I hope you can snag me one of his drawings! 😉 For my last question, if you came across some Bearfolk by chance tomorrow, how do you think you would react?
Well, I did see a baby bear crossing the road a few miles from my house today! If I met Bearfolk in bear form and I wasn’t in my car, I’d probably scream loudly and head for shelter. If I met them in human form, I’d ask them a hundred questions about their traditions and food and how they feel when they get to be bears dancing in the moonlight. Maybe, if we became friends, they’d let me watch one of their Bearfolk celebrations—if I agreed to bring a lot of pies. That would be amazing, don’t you agree?
– I totally agree! Also, I’m pretty 99.9% sure I would have the same reaction meeting them depending on their form! LOL! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Carrie!
About the Author
In the wake of her thrilling past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie Anne Noble now writes novels and short stories. A member of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), she enthusiastically participates in National Novel Writing Month every November. When she isn’t writing, Carrie enjoys reading, napping, snacking, hosting spectacular tea parties, and spending time with family and friends.