Christina Bauer

Wolves and Roses

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Mon­ster House Books • 978-1945723070 • magi­co­rum­ You par­tic­i­pated in the Women’s March this Jan­uary. Would Br­yar have marched with you? Why or why not?

I drove pub­lic re­la­tions for the Mas­sachusetts chap­ter of the Women’s March. The only state chap­ter that drove more reg­is­tra­tions than we did was New York … and Br­yar Rose is a res­i­dent of Manhattan. Co­in­ci­dence? I think not.

Why would Br­yar have par­tic­i­pated? Two rea­sons. First of all, Br­yar is a New Yorker. All the ex­tra se­cu­rity around Trump Tower means that about four square blocks of prime Manhattan street space gets rou­tinely shut down to traf­fic. That makes it a beast to get any­where. Not okay. Sec­ond, Br­yar isn’t the kind of girl who stands for off­hand com­ments about as­sault­ing girls. In other words, when Br­yar and Elle showed up in DC, they def­i­nitely would have been wear­ing pink hats.

Why did you choose to adapt such fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters for new au­di­ences?

I didn’t so much adapt the char­ac­ters as rein­tro­duce them to a pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tion. The brother’s Grimm recorded the most pop­u­lar ver­bal sto­ries of the time, and most of those tales were orig­i­nally told by women. I’m ex­cited to rei­mag­ine those sto­ries once more, but this time with a more modern twist.

What ad­ven­tures await Br­yar Rose, and your other char­ac­ters, in com­ing ti­tles?

Here’s what’s com­ing up. For Elle, we’ll dis­cover the true story of her fam­ily and what the heck is re­ally hap­pen­ing be­tween her and Alec, aka the heir to the Lecharme jew­elry dy­nasty. Next on this list: I’ve al­ways had a soft spot for the evil queen from Snow White. I mean, the girl runs a coun­try while hav­ing her own po­tions busi­ness on the side. How cool is that? And fi­nally, Scar­lett (Red Rid­ing Hood) is an African-amer­i­can and a were­wolf. I have so much re­spect for the in­sight, courage, and hon­esty of black women in Amer­ica. It’s a tall or­der, but I want to try and cap­ture some of that spirit in Scar.

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