[Blog Tour] Interview with F.M. Boughan, Author of Cinderella, Necromancer!

Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan
Publication Date:  September 5, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

Darkness can only be controlled by those with the darkest of hearts.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. Now, sixteen, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her vicious daughters.

When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her eventual freedom.

Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother’s and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting with Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival where she might see him once more.

But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince again? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she’s ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother? And what if she actually liked watching her stepmother suffer?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, it becomes harder to tell whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.

CINDERELLA NECROMANCER is CINDER meets ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany

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1) What inspired you to add necromancy to the classic tale of cinderella?

About a year or so before I sat down to write Cinderella, Necromancer, a family member gave me a book at Christmas called Magic in the Middle Ages, written by a professor at Northwestern University. The book has a chapter that talks about the dark magic underground of the Catholic clergy in 15th-century Europe. This led me to another book by the same professor that is dedicated to a specific 15th-century grimoire. 

One day when I was thinking about fairy tales and how much I wished that the “heroines” of those tales had a chance to fight back for themselves, instead of relying on princes and fairy godmothers to save them… well, somehow my brain mashed the two things together, and here we are!

2) Which character was the most fun writing? The hardest? 

I had the most fun writing Ella’s best friend, Liesl. I love her so much, and I kind of wish I could write a spin-off book just for myself about Liesl’s adventures in being, well, Liesl—helping to run a small business, brushing off suitors because she’s too busy for their nonsense, eating great food because it makes her happy… it doesn’t get much better than that!

The hardest to write was Edward, Ella’s little brother. I don’t spend a lot of time around very young children, so I had to really listen hard to conversations around me, observe (non-creepily!) how children behaved and talked to their siblings, and do a bit of research online. Ultimately, my research came down to “kids are smarter than people give them credit for,” so I tried to include a bit of banter between Edward and Ella in the story… uh, before everything in their world falls apart, that is.

3) Do you see any possible spinoffs to this story?

I actually handed in a sequel to my publisher earlier this year. Surprise! So, we’ll have to see how that shakes out. If you thought Cinderella, Necromancer was dark, uh… the sequel takes it to a whole new level. Or at least that’s where it’s at before edits, so you never know!

And like I said, I’d totally write Liesl fanfic for my own work. I wish we could be friends! Haha

4) What else are you writing? 

I’m always working on something, but right now I’m between projects and in the process of plotting out ideas for new work. I like to let ideas marinate in my brain for a bit before starting the outline process, and usually that involves randomly making notes here and there as things come to me. I may do another dark fairy tale retelling, but we’ll see!

5) Any advice to aspiring authors?

I know that people like to say “don’t let your dreams be dreams!” in a joking way, but it’s actually good advice! If you have a story to tell, tell it. You owe it to the world, and to yourself, to create what’s been put in your heart to create. It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re at or what your background is or what other people tell you to do, the simple fact is that if you have a story that’s bursting to get out, let it out. Don’t deprive us of what you have to offer! It’s not going to be easy, mind you—being an artist of any kind almost never is—but persistence and patience and getting back up when you get knocked down is all part of the process. You can do it!

About the Author: 

F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

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