The following FAQs are based on the most common questions I have encountered so far. There are no spoilers, but if you want to know very little, then skip this section.
A: The initial book sets the tone for the entire series and I have geared the work for older teens to adults. The age ranges suggested by Lodestone Books is 16 and older.
Q: Are there scenes of violence or themes unsuitable for younger readers?
A: While the books are strongly influenced by Grimm’s collection of fairytales, please keep in mind that the original folk and fairy tales of the brothers Grimm were not exactly the stuff of musical cartoons. They were, in fact, quite brutal. I would recommend that parents offer this tale to readers who are in their upper teens and older. The language, humor, and themes will appeal to readers who are typically age 16 and older.
Q: Is Briar Blackwood based on a real person?
A: Briar is an amalgam of many young women I have known across my lifetime who I have found to be funny, strong, daring and able to handle difficult life struggles. There is no one person on whom Briar is based.
Q: Is Briar Blackwood’s Grimmest of Fairytales simply a re-telling of the Grimm’s Fairytales?
A: Briar Blackwood’s Grimmest of Fairytales is an original, fast-paced, suspenseful and funny young adult novel that incorporates themes and storylines based on the Grimm’s tales.
Q: What is the genre of your series?
A: The genre is young adult fantasy, however, the story is loaded with humor, action and quirky romance.
Q: Will Briar eventually find her one true Prince Charming?
A: I’m curious to know what YOU think will happen. Briar is pretty independent. She has many changes and experiences yet to face. Yet, many of us long for that perfect “soul mate” to come along. Briar is much like all of us. But will it happen? It depends on what occurs along the adventure, so stay tuned!
Q: When is the next book in the Briar Blackwood series coming out?
A: If only I had a crystal ball… I do, but it must be on the fritz. The plan is to have the second book draft completed by December of 2015. It will need to go through the editing process before it goes to the publisher. So hang on! Its coming!
You might have other questions. Feel free to contact me. The information is on the contact page.