FAN­TAS­TI­CAL BEASTS

Former soap scribe Danielle Paige tack­les a dif­fer­ent kind of drama

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Special - — Michelle Moro Park­er­ton

Dur­ing her 10year r un as a GUID­ING LIGHT scribe, Danielle Paige’s fa­vorite char­ac­ters to write for were the teenagers, so it’s fit­ting that, in her post-soap ca­reer, she’s com­bined her knack for young-adult chat­ter and love of fairy tales, au­thor­ing the New York Times- best­selling series Dorothy Must Die and Steal­ing Snow. “I trans­lated my soap-writ­ing skills — how to make un­be­liev­able things be­liev­able — to fan­tasy fic­tion,” she smiles.

Ice, Ice Baby

Fol­low­ing her hugely-suc­cess­ful Oz-set books, Paige moved to a chill­ier set­ting for her new series, Steal­ing Snow. “Ev­ery­one thinks it’s Snow White, but think teenage Frozen,” she says of her mod­ern-day reimag­in­ing of the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fa­ble. “It’s an ori­gin story of how [my Snow] be­comes evil. She doesn’t know she’s the snow queen yet. She’s 17 and in a men­tal hos­pi­tal be­cause she has this dark en­ergy and anger is­sues… and es­capes.”

The sec­ond Snow in­stall­ment is due out next year, and also Paige has plans for an ori­gin story about Cin­derella’s fairy god­mother. But she hasn’t ruled out a re­turn to the fan­tasy world of day­time! “I still watch soaps,” smiles the Emmy win­ner. “I am such a fan.”

“I wrote one of Matt Bomer’s last episodes,” Paige re­calls, “be­fore Ben was killed. He and Ma­rina were about to have sex for the first time, and he had to tell her he was a male pros­ti­tute.”

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