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Shonna SlaytonShonna Slayton<div class="ExternalClass50B1804FCD6848129F9AD429E4292AE4"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/5033056" target="_blank">​Snow White's Mirror​</a> by Shonna Slayton<br></h2><p>​<br></p><div>Shonna Slayton is the author of the <em>Fairy-tale Inheritance</em> series of young adult novels, beginning with <em>Cinderella's Dress</em>. She edited curriculum for an education company before homeschooling her own children using literature-based whole book learning. She's taught writing using fairy tales in school classrooms and workshops, as well as in public libraries as a writer in residence. Join her reader's group and receive a free prequel story as a welcome gift when you sign up at <a href="http://shonnaslayton.com/" target="_blank">ShonnaSlayton.com</a>.  </div><h3><br></h3><h3> What prompted you to write this book?  </h3><div>Even before I started writing historical fairy tales, I’ve been wanting to write a book set in a mining town. When I got the idea for a Snow White adaptation, it seemed the perfect time to include a boomtown setting. I researched a few mining towns in Arizona and settled on Bisbee. It was great fun to weave copper mining into a story set in the early 1900s, a time when copper was becoming so important to the newly electrified world.  </div><div> <br></div><h3>What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.?  <br></h3><div>My historical fairy tales grew out of an idea for a Cinderella story. I was browsing the picture book section at Ironwood Library with my daughter and saw a modern-looking cover on a Cinderella book. My first impression was that it was a story about Cinderella’s dress as an heirloom being passed down through the generations. It wasn’t. But the idea stuck and merged with another idea I was playing with, and in the end, I started a series of historical fairy tales centered on inherited magical heirlooms.  </div><div> <br></div><h3>Are any of the characters in your book based on real people and if so, who?  <br></h3><div>Since I’m writing historicals, you’ll find a few famous names scattered throughout the series of books. In <em>Snow White’s Mirror</em>, specifically, you’ll find some names of early Arizonan politicians and some first names of early miners. And, in one of those Easter eggs that authors like to include, the drilling team that won the 4th of July competition that year came from the area where I grew up, so I had to put them in there!  </div><div> </div><h3>What type of research did you do to write your book?  <br></h3><div>Research is my favorite thing. I could get lost in the past if I didn’t have deadlines. When writing <em>Snow White’s Mirro</em><em>r</em>, I read every book on Bisbee I could get my hands on. My favorite was <em>Bisbee: Queen of the Copper Camps</em> by Lynn R. Bailey. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum has some great videos and photos on their website. I also found newspaper articles from the time and pulled information from those.  </div><div> <br></div><h3>What book are you currently reading?  <br></h3><div>You mean, book(s) plural, right? The last book I opened was <em>Titanic: The Edith Brown Story </em>by her son David Haisman. The story of a 15-yr old survivor of the Titanic sinking.  </div><div> <br></div><h3>Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out?  <br></h3><div>Right now, I’m writing the last book in the Fairy-tale Inheritance series, a Little Mermaid novel set a few years after <em>Snow White’s Mirror </em>takes place. It’ll be published in April 2021.  </div><div> ​<h3>If you weren't a writer, what would you do?  <br></h3></div><div>This question is too hard. (!)  <br></div><div><br></div><h3>Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there?  </h3><div>Yes! Ironwood is my local library. I tend to keep the librarians there busy pulling research books for me (bless them!). Before COVID, I’d be there a couple times a month with my teens to swap out books and pick up seeds to plant in our garden. I’ve sat in on a few workshops; my favorite was making book art.  </div><div> ​<br></div><p><br></p></div>

 

 

 

 

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