Name: April Grace
Please introduce yourself (250 words or so):
I’m April, I live in Milton Keynes, UK, with my partner and, two nights a week, his cheeky boys. I write YA fantasy books with a fairytale edge, and in Steel Princess’s case, a futuristic twist.
Tell us about your book(s) – title, genre etc (short)
Steel Princess is my debut novel. It’s a YA fantasy novel very much inspired by fairytales but with an evil steel queen who hunts humankind for sport, or takes them to use as her prisoners when they run out of the resources used to build more bots. It goes off into two different adventures, following Silver, the stolen heir of the Steel City who didn’t realise she was a princess until the guards found her family and accused them of treason, and Eden, a tinker in the palace who goes off on his own adventure to find his parents, only to be kidnapped by pirates from the magical enemy kingdom. I’m currently writing its sequel, Songbird Heir, which focuses more on the magical side, and some of the world’s history on the other side.
My next release will be a dark retelling of Snow White called The Girl Behind The Glass, if Snow White had a stepsister and a coven of witches to back her up.
When did you start your writing adventure? What was the inspiration for it?
I have been writing books since I was a teenager, and I haven’t stopped since. I wrote the original version of Steel Princess when I was fifteen, about a teenage android who wanted to be more like her human friends.
What writing plans do you have for the future?
I have a lot of books that I spent years querying that I want to get out there! Steel Princess is going to be the first in a series of four books, with a prequel as well. The Girl Behind The Glass is going to be a part of a duology, and there will also be other fairytale retellings set in the same world, with different characters popping up in different books. I want to show different sides of different characters and kingdoms through these books. So you might love one queen in one story, but they might be the villain in a different book. I also have a couple of Greek myth inspired stories as well. I just want to take the time to make them the best they can possibly be first.
What do you like to read?
YA fantasy, and some thrillers and contemporaries, too.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you’d started your writing adventure?
Write the book you’d want to see on the shelf!
Twitter & YouTube: @aprilgracereads