On a day full of clouds and gusts of wind, Angela Parkhurst visited a park to look back on the journey of writing her series of young adult books.
The series is entitled "The Forgotten Fairytales," and features classic fairy tale characters like Cinderella and her prince who have been given a brand new set of twists and turns. So far, Parkhurst has published two books in the series, the first also bearing the title "The Forgotten Fairytales," and the second entitled "Forget Me Not." She is currently working on the third novel, "Fire and Fury."
As she thought over her initial inspiration, Parkhurst described an eery photo of a castle on Pinterest.
"It was very dark, and it had clouds all around the base of it," she said, "and you could really only see the tops of it coming out of the mountains. And I thought to myself 'what would be like if you were riding up to that castle? And what's inside that castle? And who's that person, in that carriage, riding up to the castle? What's their story?' And the first scene that I wrote was them, riding up to the castle in the carriage, and that is the opening scene for my book."
Like most writers, Parkhurst doesn't work completely alone. Her best friend Stephanie Bounds Bedwell has also become her editor, a job she adores.
"I get to see the raw unedited mess that it is before she works her magic on it and makes it become something incredible," said Bedwell, "I get to go through and help her decide what should stay or go. I get to read parts and cry over things that are so touching and then tell her she made me cry."
While she gets to experience the writing process of these novels, Bedwell is still an avid reader.
"I have read them many times, during the editing process then again when it was all said and done and each time it seems like I find something new that I might have missed the last time I read them. There is so much imagination behind what she writes and I’m just amazed how she comes up with some of the things she thinks up. "
While "Fire and Fury" is going to be the final installment in her trilogy, Parkhurst has no plans to say goodbye to the mystical world she has crafted.
"I have a whole spin off planned," said Parkhurst, "featuring some of characters in this book, but mostly it takes place twenty years later, so you're dealing with their children...Mostly, you see the hybrid children, and Cinderella's children that she had with Prince Charming, and you get to see how they live their life." She is also working on books from the point of view of Wolf and Goldilocks.
As far as moving from paper to screen, Parkhurst's stories would have an easy transition.
"When I formatted my books, I did a lot of research," said Parkhurst, "Instead of following the natural course of books, which is why books are so hard to turn into movies, I follow more of a line of how a film goes."
As far as her favorite passage goes, for Parkhurst it's a nearly impossible decision.
"It's so hard to pick one because 90 percent of the stuff that I have between Wolf and Norah are my favorite."