Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.
If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.
High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.
With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.
Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.
Today we welcome Genevieve for an interview!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I always wanted to be a writer. As an introvert, I was a bit of a loner and a dreamer, and I was always making up stories and personal mythologies. I’m also a lover of language, so it’s the writing life for me!
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
Four to six months, depending on how complex the plot is and how much nuancing the story needs. That’s also me writing every day, drafting and/or revising 2K+ per day.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I find that, while I start knowing what the story is about—you know, the who, what, where, when, and why—the actual theme comes only after I’ve drafted it and am well into revision and nuancing. That’s because, so often, we write TOWARD meaning, not FROM meaning.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I have daily writing goals. The actual word count changes depending on whether I’m drafting, revising, or nuancing, but I’ve found that writing every day keeps the story fresh and my mind primed to solve plot problems that arise.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Because I’m always writing on a deadline, writing comes first. It’s the first thing I do when I get up in the morning, and I don’t move on to other things until the writing’s done. Of course, no one makes their daily goal every single day, but that’s why you have daily goals—because some days, you’ll struggle to write 1000 words, and other days, you’ll knock it out of the park. Daily goals help balance the good days and the bad—or the days when life happens and you’re dragged kicking and screaming from your keyboard.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
Universal emotions—love, hate, jealousy, fear, hope, anger, mercy, sorrow. These are the building blocks of any character’s motivations. No one wakes up thinking, “I’m going to save the world today!” More often, the heroine’s motivations are simpler.
Take Rey, for instance. She doesn’t set out to save the galaxy or even to become a Jedi. What she wants is a family, to belong, to have a home. Acceptance and love. Who doesn’t want that? That’s what makes her a great heroine—you can relate to what she wants and needs.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Drafting. The blank page is very daunting. It’s very easy to let that blank page intimidate you, tell you you’re no good and that no one’s going to read what you write anyway. You’ve gotta turn off that little voice and get something—anything—down.
That was one of the hardest things I had to learn: you can’t edit a blank page.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written a few things before the Circuit Fae series, but so far, I’ve gotta say, Moribund is my favorite. It’s been my dream to write an angsty
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Oh wow, that’s like asking a parent who her favorite kid is! I love Syl and Rouen pretty equally, but I feel like Rouen’s voice is easier for me since she’s more of a compensating introvert than Syl and a bit broody—like me.
10. Where do you write?
I am officially a weirdo in that I have a desk dedicated to writing and nothing else. My computer on that desk doesn’t even connect to the Internet. The desk itself is covered with hand-written notes, concept pictures of my characters, and geeky curios. I do all my writing and thinking at this desk, and it helps to have that psychic distance from my editing desk.
11.When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I worked with Christina, the founder of Monster House Books, as an editor on both her Beholder and her Angelbound series. She loved my work, and was gracious enough to approach me with the idea to write Circuit Fae as Monster House Book’s first LGBTQ urban fantasy. Of course, I jumped at the chance!
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My mom’s super-proud. It’s pretty cool.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I’ve been a practicing martial artist for over 20 years. I also like hiking in the woods and traveling—anything that involves being close to the natural beauty of the land. And of course, reading with a soft kitty in my lap.
1. Do it. Start right now. There is no later.
2. De-ritualize the act of writing. Rid yourself of the idea that you need a special time, a special notebook, a special pen, a special anything. You don’t. The magic is inside you.
3. Write. Write, write, write. Write some more. Turn off your inner editor. Surround yourself with people who support you and your writing. Learn the rules of writing. Break them. Get a critique group. Listen to them. And for the love of all that is holy, get off the Internet.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
It’s hard to name my favorite book or favorite author. I have several from Sarah Waters to Sarah J. Maas to Sabaa Tahir to Leigh Bardugo. My favorite books from them are, respectively: Fingersmith, A Court of Mist and Fury, An Ember in the Ashes, and Six of Crows.
It’s odd, but I credit Dungeons & Dragons for my desire to write. I grew up playing with my brother and his friends, and that’s where my love of story was truly born.
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
My editor, Erin, is a genius. She always sees the clear path when I’m lost in somewhere in the trees. My girl, Laura, is super helpful reading and re-reading draft after draft and giving me her honest opinion—even when I don’t want to hear it. And Christina’s awesome. She’s always so supportive and helps keep me going.
17. Are you working on anything now?
I’m on the final draft of Ouroboros, the sequel to Moribund. I’m also drafting Circuit Fae 3: Inimical. Aaaaaaand…I’m sketching out details of my next series, which I hope to reveal soon!
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
1. Selfless acts of kindness
2. Seeing representation in mass media
3. Experiencing natural occurrences like thunderstorms, the wind through the trees, fog on the water, a warm rain, the muffled sound after a snowfall
4. Adorable animal videos of kittens, bats, baby sloths, and skunks
5. Witty one-liners
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
2. Our current political climate
3. Any movie where any animal dies for any reason whatsoever
4. The fact that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us
5. I’m still sad about the Library of Alexandria
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
I adore Ireland and would love to go back and hike the Gap of Dunloe and the entire trail over the Cliffs of Moher. The countryside there is breathtaking. If you’re looking for Fae folk, Ireland’s one of the best places to go!
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.