Former soap scribe Danielle Paige tackles a different kind of drama
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.”