Iron and fae aren’t friends. But Tasha has no
choice but to be in the human realm: her very
life is at stake.
High School isn’t much safer than Faerie,
though. Clicks, falling in love and navigating
day-to-day activities are dangerous enough
without the added dread of being unmasked
as being otherworldly.
But when something happens and everyone
reveals their true selves, Tasha has a choice
to make: will she save them from the curse
upon them and reveal her true nature, or will
she let them die and stay safe?
What was your inspiration to write this book?
In 2018, the IWSG held an anthology competition with the theme “Masquerade” – the characters, storyline and themes just came to me when I saw it. From there the story just flowed. I always use the fae in my stories and I thought it would be interesting to have one go to High School.
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Tasha. She refused to show me her full motivations – lying to me at some point about her powers – and had me wondering the whole time where she was running to.
Have you experimented writing in other genres? If so, which one(s)?
Yes. This is a young adult, urban fantasy romance. I’ve written fantasy, fairy tale retellings, urban fantasy comedy, and sweet romance – for various age groups.
Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?
Yes. My newest novella “Magic at Midnight” was released earlier this month and I’m currently working on rewriting it in Afrikaans. I’m also working on rewriting “Dark Desires” in Afrikaans. Merely translating a work leaves it lifeless…
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?
Be prepared for hard work. It isn’t merely writing a story and pushing publish: you have to hone your craft, learn the business, and be mentally prepared for as much rejection as praise for your work.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That I can be funny. Not intentionally, though – it just happens. I’ve never thought of myself as being humorous.
What's next to you while you're writing?
Does having my Rottweilers surround me, count?
What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?
Don’t give up. And that everything you want is on the other side of fear.
What is your favorite line from a book?
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
From Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
What hobbies do you actively pursue?
Composting. Sewing. Obsessively cleaning up after the Rottweilers, chickens and horses…
Author Bio Ronel 2019
Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes
for teens and tweens, though she is known to write
mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older
readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can
be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.
Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things
that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching
folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers
when she’s not actually writing.
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