About The Evil Queen, out June 25th!
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Everlife trilogy, the White Rabbit Chronicles and the Lords of the Underworld series comes a fantastical and dark new fairy-tale fantasy series featuring the least likely of heroes… Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. Choose your side wisely.
Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.
Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future. Though Princess Everly Morrow was raised in the mortal human realm, she knows she’s destined to rule a kingdom in Enchantia, thus fulfilling a beloved fairy tale. But which one?
At seventeen, when an ability to commune with mirrors manifests, she begins to suspect the truth, and it’s more sinister than anyone ever realized.
She is destined to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to prove herself good—Everly returns to the land of her birth, smack dab in the middle of the creepiest forest of all time. There, Everly meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after the other, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Soon, she will have to choose. Be a hero and walk away, or become the queen—and villain—of her dreams.
The battle between good and evil is on.
Aurora: What was your inspiration behind The Evil Queen?
Gena: So often the phrase “meant to be” is used to comfort people after a tragic event. I wanted to write a book that explores the concept of fate versus choice. What decides our future? A predetermined destiny or our choices.
Which character do you most relate to and why?
I most relate to Hartly Morrow, the Evil Queen’s sister. She loves and adores her family, and will move heaven and earth to keep them safe. She loves and adores animals, too, and even has conversations with her dog, Thor. (Thor is actually one of my dogs in real life.)
Why do you feel young adult books are so popular and have such a voice right now?
When the world is a dumpster fire, books offer a wonderful escape, no matter the genre.
What do you hope readers will take away from The Evil Queen?
Happiness is never found in the opinion of others.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on The Darkest King, the next book in my Lords of the Underworld series, which is my adult series, featuring a reader favorite character – William the Ever Randy, a ruthless immortal playboy and the son of Hades. Wiliam is tormented by a witch’s curse. If ever he falls in love, the object of his affection will want to slay him. His only salvation is a book of indecipherable codes. So, he kidnaps the world’s leading cryptanalysts to finally break the curse. That’s when he meets Sunny Lane, a rare and wondrous creature of myth. As she works to decipher the book, they fall in love…and the curse takes hold.
What’s your favorite writing method that you follow for inspiration?
Block out the rest of the world, and write what you want to write. That’s where the magic is.
About the Author:
Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose teen titles have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and a menagerie of dogs. Become a fan on Facebook and visit her website at genashowalter.com.