While working on the Poisoned Apple manuscript for Decadent Publishing, I fell in love with the main character all over again. For me, a lot of what’s kept me at a distance from the Snow White story is the passivity of it. Snow White’s stepmom’s a bitch! Sucks to be Snow. Snow White’s life is threatened by said evil stepmom! Damn, still sucks to be Snow. When she does find some solace with the dwarfs, the stepmother ruins it again, to the point where she’s comatose! Man, shit just rains all over Snow, doesn’t it?
What’s never covered in these fairytales though is the massive amount of damage that level of tragedy does to someone’s psyche. This isn’t just your average let’s place a Snow White veneer over a romance story. This is plunging into the depths of all the hell she’s been through and how her mind ticks. This is plowing through the pain, the loss, the grief, and still finding a girl willing to fight. Neve’s not just some tough girl–she’s a survivor.
We’ve been told time and time again, poor, poor Snow White. But hey, writing’s all about showing, not telling, right? I wanted to show the side of her that isn’t covered in the fairy tales–the anger, the hurt, and most of all, how she blames herself. Because when a child grows up feeling that unwanted, there’s a lot of self-hatred involved. Yet despite all that, she still musters up enough strength to keep going.
Needless to say, I’m really excited to share this story.