So as you all know I LOVED Hold You Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt. And I loved it so much, I wanted to know more about the series. So I interviewed the great Tiffany Schmidt (the author of this amazing book) and she added a little giveaway along with the interview 🙂
1. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something like this book?
I’ve been fascinated by the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea since I was a little girl. Not so much the story that is told, but the story that isn’t, the parts of the princess’s story that never made it on the paper. Why was she alone at night in a rainstorm? Where is her family? Why is it appealing that she bruises.
Hold Me Like a Breath is not a retelling. It’s a re-imagining—it’s my chance, all these decades later, to take my childhood fascination and tell the story I wanted to read.
2. What made you want to become author yourself?
Stories have always held their own sort of magic for me. I’ve always cared a whole lot less about what actually happened and more about what else could happen. This made me a challenging child—it wasn’t that I wanted to lie, I just didn’t particularly see the value in the truth. I’d much rather tell the story of the dragon that attacked my classroom and clawed my leg, than tell my mom I’d ripped by tights because they got snagged on a pointy part of my desk.
Stories on the TV, stories in books, and the stories I made my friends and siblings act out in the backyard were all equally fascinating. Woe on anyone who was stuck with me on a long car ride, because I was going to use the time to tell them some epic adventure: 1% truth and the rest pure fantasy.
Learning to read and write my stories down was a great outlet for all my creative energies. I don’t remember a time before I was a storyteller and I can’t ever see myself wanting to stop.
3. Are we going to see more of Penelope and Char in the next book? *she asks hopefully ☺*
Absolutely. The next book is told from Magnolia Vicker’s, point of view, however, so you’ll be seeing them from her perspective.
4. What fairy tale retelling are you using for the next book?
I can’t answer that yet… (sorry!) but, I will give you two hints.
- It’s been made into a Disney movie
- It’s a Grimm fairy tale (whereas Hold Me Like a Breath is based off The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen)
5. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Carter Landlow. Growing up, I though having a big brother would be the coolest thing in the world and I imbued Carter with the traits I wished for in my imaginary brother: protective, impulsive, adventurous, loyal, and possessing a hot best friend for me to crush on 🙂
6. Which character do you think would mostly like to be your BFF?
I’m sure that Magnolia Grace and I could get in some serious hijinks together. Both of us have ‘Trouble Magnet’ coded in our DNA.
7. Any fictional boyfriends (We all have them.)
Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Wes from The Truth About Forever
Wes from The Archived
Mal from The Grisha trilogy
8. Any favorite books/series’?
Curseworkers by Holly Black
Gallagher Girls & Heist Society by Ally Carter
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Summer series by Jenny Han
Anything by David Levithan, Sarah Dessen, Libba Bray, Courtney Summers, or Stephanie Perkins
9. Any recommendation for us?
If you mean book recommendations, ALL of the ones I listed above.
General recommendations: Wear sunscreen. Look both ways before you cross the street. It’s okay to ask for help—this is a sign of courage, not weakness. Occasionally say ‘yes’ to things that scare you (not dangerous things, but things that will stretch you as a person). Don’t judge things by their covers—try out books and movies and people you don’t think you’ll like; they may surprise you. Naps are always a good idea. Eat your veggies.
10. Do you have any advice for young writers who would like to be authors in the future?
Keep reading and keep writing. Keep improving your craft. Don’t ever let anyone tell you your ideas aren’t good enough or don’t have value. They may not be good enough YET, but they always have value. Your stories are unique. Only you can tell them.
The lovely Tiffany Schmidt is giving away a Anatomical Heart Necklace and Organ Gummies! (US ONLY!) Enter here
Thank you again for doing an interview with me! Let me know when you have your next book coming out ☺