Guest Post: Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Posted October 4, 2016 by Jamie in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts // 1 Comment

spindletourHello and welcome to our blog tour post for

SPINDLE by Shonna Slayton!

We have a Guest Post for you today about how to make a fairytale your own! At the bottom of the post you can win signed copies of CINDERELLA’S SHOES and CINDERELLA’S DRESS so make sure you keep scrolling to enter! But first let’s learn more about the book!

Guest Post: Spindle by Shonna SlaytonSpindle by Shonna Slayton
Published by Entangled: Teen on October 4th 2016
ISBN: 1633754936
Pages: 400
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Set during the Industrial Revolution, Sleeping Beauty's happily ever after isn't the end of the story...

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness—and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.


How to Make a Fairy Tale your own Story

Fairy tales are fun to play around with. The basic stories only give you bare bones to work with, so the possibilities are endless. Plus, they are filled with magical enchantments which can also be tweaked in countless ways. Add a princess and a prince, and you have everything you need.

I like to use bubble charts to spark ideas. I write a word in the middle of the page and circle it. Then I draw spokes out like a wheel and start playing with ideas.

For example:

Let’s take Sleeping Beauty’s spindle. Write spindle and circle it.

Now, ask questions about the spindle: What does it represent? How was it created? What is it made of? Who made it? How was it cursed? Is it magical? How? What can it do? How does the curse work? Where did it end up after the fairy tale? Who can use it?

As you come up with answer to the questions you ask yourself, write them down. Circle them. Draw spokes out from these and start asking more questions. When you hit on an idea you really like, highlight it with another color, or with heavier lines so you don’t lose your line of thinking.

Pick apart the various nuances of the story to see what you can change: The characters, the magic, the setting (time and place), the outcome. Brainstorm all these areas and pretty soon, you’ll have the makings of your own fairy-tale retelling.


About Shonna Slayton

SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes, set in the 1940s are out now. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s, will be out October 2016.

She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

The best way to keep in touch is by signing up for her monthly newsletter. She sends out behind-the-scenes info you can't read anywhere else. Sign up is on the sidebar of her website Shonna Slayton.


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