Cyn Balog’s debut novel, Fairy Tale, hit stores June 23 this year! Her next book, Sleepless, comes out July 2010! You can visit her on the web at http://www.cynbalog.com
I wanted to write a story about fairies but I thought the whole “girl finding out she’s a fairy princess” thing was overdone. So I thought it would be much more interesting if the guy learned that HE was the fairy! Imagine him having to explain that to all his friends?If you could bring only 1 character to life from Fairy Tale, which would it be?
Pip; he’s such a cutie. And if I asked him to do my laundry or make me a sandwich, he would just do it.
Fairy Tale was originally titled Fairy Lust, were you upset at all about the title change?
Well, Fairy Lust is certainly more memorable. I know that when you hear Fairy Tale, you don’t automatically tie it with me, because it is so generic. So in that way, I was a little concerned. But then again, having a title like Fairy Tale means that I don’t have to constantly explain, “No it is NOT erotica” whenever a young girl and her mother approach me at a signing, so it’s all good.
What was the road to publication like for you?
Luckily I had the help of friends that I met online. They helped me find both of my agents, so I received very little rejection when looking for an agent. However, my first novel did not sell so I did get rejected by editors. But meanwhile, I kept writing Fairy Tale, which I churned out in three months. It sold 6 weeks later.
What can your share with readers about your 2010 release, Sleepless?
It’s about a Sandman who falls in love with a mortal girl whose sleep he controls. It’s coming out July 13, 2010!
What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
Do not give up. Keep writing. While you are waiting for response from agents, work on your next book. It is very easy to get discouraged in this business, but if you keep at it, you will get there. Of all the friends I met online, I would say MOST of the ones I still keep in contact with have gotten book deals. The other ones got disheartened, gave up, and disappeared. Just keep working at it, keep connecting with other writers, and keep the faith. It will happen.