Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult
A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.
All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!
Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.
B.R. Myers spent most of her teen years behind the covers of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Lois Duncan. When she’s not putting her characters in awkward situations she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Halifax with her husband and their two children.
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
I like to map out a brief outline of eight sequences on paper (with lots of sticky notes), then I brainstorm as many attributes/faults I can about the protagonist and antagonist. Once it’s time to get the story on the laptop, I write the end of the chapter first, particularly a nice cliff-hanger or bit of suspense to keep the reader turning the page. I write faster if I know where the characters are supposed to end up. Of course, there’s always the exception when the characters decide to go off script.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you’re finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I always leave editing to the last. The first draft is about getting it down, not getting it right. I usually rewrite the story four or five times before I let someone else see it.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
Not at the moment, but that’s something I would like to change this year.
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
Who knows? One scene usually comes to me and it festers in my brain for a while. Then I start asking myself questions: who are these people? who will tell the story? is this the beginning or middle or ending? If I come up with enough interesting answers, I’ll start outlining.
5. How long have you been writing?
I started my first story, NIGHT SHIFT, in March 2007.
6. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Write without fear.
7. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres: I like to read across all genres. Some of my favourite authors are Sarah Watters, Haruki Murakami, and my teen idol, Lois Duncan.
Movies/TV Shows: Since last year, I’ve gotten caught up in the treasure fever of The Curse of Oak Island. I grew up in that area and it’s so fun to see all the interest it’s gotten with this series.
Music: I haven’t listened to the radio since Duran Duran broke up.
Food/Writing snack: I’ll eat anything as long as I don’t have to make it. When I write, I find chewing bubble gum is helpful.