I love the first line of the synopsis. We always hope to be part of a fairy tale, but what if that’s going to be horrible? I mean, if you think about it, a lot of things that happen there are horrible…. Snow White? The stepmom wanted her heart. Literally. The Sleeping beauty? Taken from her parents to hide. 101 Dalmatian? Stolen to be slaughtered. This book. And I could go on. So, careful when you with for a fairy tale.
Finding Perdita by April Grey is a Dark Urban Fantasy
Fairy Tales can come true, it can happen to you…Run!
Down on her luck and out-of-work, actress Cindy White’s life changes for the worse when her roommate kicks her out. Landing in new digs in an old Chelsea tenement Cindy discovers a tunnel to the land of Perdita, a place she’d thought her father had made up in the fairy tales he’d once told her.
A dangerous, ruined place of fairies, demons and captives, like her father who she thought was dead.
In this dark fantasy, a young woman discovers her true self and must align it with the old in leaving the world she knows behind in an effort to free her father.
She stripped out of her wet clothes and ran a bath. In the note Sadie said to use up whatever was in the apartment. So be it. One of the old style cabinets revealed a collection of booze and there was soda in the fridge. With a medicinal rum and coke in hand, Cindy eased into the steaming tub.
A furious thumping on the front door roused her from her peace. Knocking? More like the men in blue had decided on an unannounced raid. “Hold your horses.” Cindy, wrapped in a towel, headed through the kitchen to find out who was making such a noise.
“Sadie, hurry up I got news,” came a bass voice from the other side of the door.
“She’s not here. What do you want?”
Silence for a long minute.
“Who in blazing hell are you?”
Well, with that attitude Mister Voice could stay where he was in the hallway.
“I’m the sub-lessee. Now go away. You can ask the Weird Sisters what’s going on.”
“You let me in this moment. You’re in danger and you’ve got to get out.”
“Nice try, buster. I’m not buying it.” She heard footsteps leaving.
It was getting dark out, yet the kitchen clock said it was only 4:10 in the afternoon. After getting dressed in a semi-dry tee and shorts, Cindy searched through Sadie’s store of snack foods. The nacho-flavored Doritos looked good.
Bag in hand, she froze when she heard a key in the lock. Too late, she ran to put the chain on the door. He was in. Oh my, he was a big one. He looked like an escapee from the World Wrestling Federation. She took a frying pan from the stovetop and held it over her head with the bag of Doritos clutched to her breast.
“What are you planning to do? Poison me?” He nodded at the Doritos. He was taller than Josh’s six feet one. He had about 20 pounds on Josh, all in muscle. His black tee displayed rippled biceps. His reddish-gold hair, mustache and sideburns made him look like a cross between a Confederate Rebel and a 70’s rock musician. She held the frying pan higher. He slid past her. “I don’t know what you’re planning, but I like my eggs over easy.” A comedian.
“Get out.” Cindy waved the pan.
“We need to talk. I don’t know what Sadie told you, but this place isn’t safe and she shouldn’t have involved you.”
Cindy stayed near the open door still holding her weapon.
“Go ahead, talk.” Cindy lay the bag of Doritos on the kitchen counter only to have them snatched up by the stranger. He ripped them open. With a wink he held half the nachos from the bag in his bear-like paw. In the living room he plopped down, taking up the entire couch.
“How much did Sadie tell you?” he said with a mouthful of neon orange-colored crunchy corn triangles.
“Thor, she doesn’t know anything.” Cindy whipped around to see her neighbor, Leo, standing in the hallway.
“Tor? Like a granite outcropping?” Cindy asked.
“No, Thor like the god.” The intruder smirked. “The “h” is silent―It’s the Scandinavian pronunciation, unlike the Marvel movies.”
About the Author
April Grey’s short stories are collected in The Fairy Cake Bakeshop and in I’ll Love You Forever. She is also the author of two urban fantasy novels: Chasing the Trickster and it’s sequel, St. Nick’s Favor.
She edited the anthologies: Hell’s Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments; Hell’s Garden: Mad, Bad and Ghostly Gardeners, Hell’s Grannies: Kickass Tales of the Crone and last year’s, Hell’s Kitties and Other Beastly Beasts.
She and her family live in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she’ll find out. Please visit http://www.aprilgrey.blogspot for her latest news.
Hi April, and thank you for being here today!
Can you tell us what inspired you to write this book?
I call Finding Perdita “Barbarella goes to Narnia.” I still remember the wonderful anthropomorphic creatures from The Lion, the Witch and the Warlock read to me as a child. My father had died just a few years before Perdita was written and part of the book encompassed my longing to find him. Also the main characters are actors involved in careers which involve commercial endeavors such as soap operas and action films, but their hearts are still in the Shakespearean productions of their college years. My background is in theater so I pulled on my history in that field to write this novel.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Originally it had a very different title and was written in two parts with two different titles. Eventually I saw that Perdita, a character from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, symbolized all that the main character Cindy White was looking for. Finding Perdita, was Cindy finding her lost self, and I think it’s a journey of discovery all young women should take. The triple goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone, has some influence in the writing of this novel.
Who designed your book covers?
I used artwork provided by Dirk Strangely for several of my Hell’s anthologies but with Finding Perdita the cover art was created by Dawne Dominque of Caliburn Press. After Caliburn crashed and burned I bought the artwork since I really loved her style. You can find her covers at Dusktildawn Designs. https://dusktildawndesigns.com/book-cover-art-portfolio/
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Either a young Kaley Cuoco or Anna Faris. Though a dark fantasy, Cindy White is off-beat with a snarky sense of humor.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Oh, the characters are in charge. I don’t plot my books unless I get stuck. Originally, Finding Perdita was all in first person from Cindy’s POV, but they Josh wanted equal time so I changed it all to third person to allow a second viewpoint. The romantic through line then became much stronger because Josh had a say in the matter. He really fought for his relationship with her. That’s what happens to me, a secondary character wants more time and fights for it.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I think we all have a Perdita, a lost self, that needs to be re-discovered. Puberty is a bitch and so often women start to take second place in their needs to whomever they are in a relationship to. So there is a lesson in Perdita, helping women to see more in themselves than they thought they had, and to go for it.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
There’s The Lycanthrope’s Tale, a Regency Gothic, and Griffit City (working title) a ghost city book. They are both still WIPs so I won’t say much more.
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