Have you been writing for a long time?
I can’t remember a time that I haven’t been writing! But I really began to take it seriously when I started taking writing classes at a local college. It was great to interact with other writers, even though it was scary at times to share my work. It was a supportive environment, though. I learned how to write short stories, and after a while I sold a few of them. After that, I worked up enough courage to start submitting my work to contests. Finally, about five years ago I completed my first novel. It’s been a progression from one step to the next.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
Since childhood I’ve always wanted to become a writer. The best thing is that I’ve been able to use writing in my various careers. (I’ve had a few!) From being a catalog copywriter to working in IT as a programmer and then as a technical writer. I’m fortunate that writing has always been part of my life in some way. Of course, writing fiction is much more fun than working on a technical manual! Writing for me is something I have to do. It’s that important.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
My original idea was for three short stories to be included in one book. But as I began to write, the stories got longer and longer. Finally I realized that I had two short novellas. So, I just went with it. This book is a stand-alone that includes the two novellas (which are also available as individual books). If it turns out that the third story gets expanded one day, I might release that as another book in the series.
Why did you choose this genre?
Fairy tales are so fascinating because they seem so simple on the surface, but they have important lessons about life. There are so many tales from all over the world, and a lot of them have similarities. For instance, there’s a version of the Cinderella story (based in China) that is thousands of years old. Stories connect us and I think by reading them, we can learn a lot about what it means to be human. I’d never considered writing a fairy tale before, though I have read a few retellings of popular stories. Of course, I had to add shifters because they’re fun to write and they make terrific heroes.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice would be to write as much as possible. Writers would always tell me to write every day. Sometimes I followed that advice, often I did not! I let other things get in the way, or I procrastinated because of fear that my stories wouldn’t be good enough. But you can’t get better unless you write. Also, it’s a great idea to either seek out writers’ groups or mentors for support. Be open to criticism to make your work better. However, keep in mind that everyone will not like what you write (or how you write your stories). That’s just how it is. It takes a lot of courage to believe in yourself and your work, and know that you have no control over how it will be received. That’s why, in my opinion, it takes a lot of love and commitment to be an author.
About the Book
Title: Once Upon A Princess Duet
Author: Deborah A. Bailey
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Once Upon A Princess Duet
In these two sexy paranormal romance “fairy tales,” two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.
“Heart of Stone”
In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.
There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.
If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.
“Beauty & the Faun”
Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.
But Kayla’s plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.
She’s the author of the “Hathor Legacy” Science Fiction Romance series and several shapeshifter Paranormal Romance novels. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.”
In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books including,“Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”
Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone (individual novella – also available in KU)
Once Upon A Princess Duet: Beauty and the Faun (individual novella – also available in KU)