Friday, December 21, 2012

Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil by Charlotte Henley Babb: Character Interview and Excerpt: FMB Tour Stops


Character interview with  Maven Fairy Godmother

  Who is your favorite author?

Mine, of course. I wish she wrote faster and gave me more fun adventures.

  What do you think makes a good story?

I think a story should find the good in a person. Almost everyone has some good, and most people choose to do the better thing. Not everyone does, but it's interesting to find out how and why the person chooses to do the wrong—like Parts 2 & 3 of the Star Wars Trilogy and the fall of Darth Vader.

A good story does not put white hats on the good guys, and the good guys have to struggle against their own inner desires. The  bad guys have good reasons for what they do, even if their perspective has been skewed by the choices that they have made.

Xena is a great example of a bad character who is working to change, but has to convince everyone, even sometimes herself, that she isn't primarily out for blood

 Tell us about your family.

As a girl, I was considered only good for getting married and having kids. I went to college instead, and the one marriage didn't work out. No kids, thankfully, but my family said it only went to show that I was trying to be uppity and to forget my roots. They were right. I very much wanted to escape their redneck ways and rise up to the middle class. I had a couple of older brothers, one of whom died in Vietnam and another who just disappeared. Both my parents are dead, so it's just me out here, doing my thing, trying to find my way to have something to show for my life.

  What was the scariest moment of your life? 

Facing Grizelda the Troll and knowing that she was planning to eat me for dinner was terrifying. You'd be amazed what you can think of when you keep breathing and need a solution to a problem. Now she's my best friend, but I always hope she has eaten recently when I visit her.

 As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a fairy and fly away from home. My wish has been granted, and I didn't do the granting, so it should be safe. I'm not exactly a fairy, but I do have wings and a magic wand. It's all good, most days.

  What songs are most played on your Ipod?

If I had an ipod, it would have old hippie music—Joplin, Stones, Clapton, Hendrix, Arrowsmith, Joanie Mitchell.  And some jazz and blues—Stevie Ray Vaughn, Indigenous, Robert Johnson, Coltrane.

 What group did you hang out with in high school?

I was the girl who hung out with the chess club, but never really learned how to play.  I was a member of the band, but mostly I hung out with the out group.

   Do you play any sports?

I only play blood sports, like life, for example. No one knows the rules, and no one ever gets out alive, but we keep on playing anyway.

Who should play you in a film? 

I have several favorites—Kathy Bates, Kathy Najimi, maybe Kirsty Alley when she gets a little older. They are all sassy and they have some earthy groundedness. I like Queen Latifa too, thought I don't think of myself as African-American. She could certainly handle the part.

  Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

There is only morning if there is coffee…copious amounts of coffee. Otherwise, there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. Luckily for me, I can make my own coffee, and those places that do their own magic, like the Twilight Lounge, will almost always accommodate.  

 Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

The best advice is to be careful what you ask for because you might get it. What's important to know is that whatever you say, you are asking for.  If you say, "this is going to be a bad day," you'll be right. If you say, "Things never go right for me,"  you'll make it so.

It's worth learning to say what you do want, and let that manifest instead.  It takes time and effort to learn to think that way. I'm still working on it. 

Series: Maven Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil

Fairy Godmother, Book 1

Author: Charlotte Henley Babb

Genre: Fantasy,  

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing Company


Pages: 279 / 101k words





Book Description:


Maven's new dream job--fairy godmother--presents more problems than she expects when she learns that Faery is on the verge of collapse, and the person who is training her isn't giving her the facts--and may be out to kill her. Will she be able to make all the fractured fairy tales fit together into a happy ending, or will she be eaten by a troll?




A Handsome Prince (Excerpt from Maven Fairy Godmother)


As she entered the Twilight Lounge, Maven transformed into Biker Trash leather, complete with a tattoo on her shoulder—“Trolls need love too.” The handle of her wand peeked out of the calf of her right boot.


At the bar, Maven straddled a black fatboy motorcycle that rose to the occasion. She didn't question how the Twilight Lounge knew what a motorcycle was.


Belle handed Maven a mug of some golden, frothy liquid without comment on her persona.


“What I wouldn't do for a beer,” Maven sighed after knocking back the mug's contents. She hoped it wasn't hemlock. Belle did not seem pleased to see her.


“What good is it to work in a place where you grant wishes for a living, but you can't get a beer when the job is done?”


“This is Faery, not Heaven,” Belle said, slapping the bar with her polishing rag.

Maven leaned back on her buddy bar and propped her boots on the gas tank. She fished her wand from her boot and held it to her ear to listen for the stories from her clients. She could not get a clear signal.


“Is this seat taken?” A Handsome Prince stood beside Maven. He smiled, sure of himself from his raven coiffure to his velvet-clad tush.


Maven looked up at him, a bit disoriented. “No. Take it.” She pulled herself back together, remembered where she was and how she looked. Whoever or whatever it was taking her away from Vivienne and Daisy, it was not a prince. “Take it somewhere else.”


She sat up and swung her leg over the bike facing away from him. She held the wand to focus back on Vivienne, but now the picture was unclear. The impostor prince blocked the signal.


“You must not be from around here,” The Prince said. “I have never seen anyone like you before.” He sat on a gilded throne.


“Just imaginative,” Maven said. Next time she'd be a harpy or a warthog. She didn't know how close it was to midnight. She didn't have lot of experience being hit on in bars in Mundane, especially not by enchanted un-Princes. “I am just learning how to turn people into frogs.” Maven smiled, but not sweetly. She aimed her wand pointedly. “Would you like to be my first attempt?”


The Prince transformed himself into a large slimy Frog with golden eyes, perched on a lily pad. “So, you like amphibians?”


“I'm all out of wart repellent.” Maven slid off the Harley and strode out of the Twilight Lounge, not stopping to change her garb. Maybe the short walk would let her think in peace.



Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name--although she sometimes mistook ""Chocolate"" for ""Charlotte"" on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter. 

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better. Her current favorites are Terry Pratchett's Discworld and Shelly Adima's Lady of Devices.


In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning...corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, washing machine gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.


She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours.Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, eded Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoymentucation, bankruptcy, and widowhood?


Charlotte loves Fractur


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1 comment:

Charlotte Babb said...

Thanks for hosting Maven and letting her share a few thoughts. She doesn't get out much these days, being stuck as a cat who can't (yet) talk or wear boots.