Interview with Tasha Lewis

What was your favorite fairytale growing up? 

 Little Mermaid

What song did you listen to while writing? 

Stars by Skillet; Trumpets by Jason Derulo; Break Your Heart by The Gaslight Anthem

Why did you start writing? 

I’ve always been a dreamer with a story in my head. Writing just seemed fitting to get those out of my head. 

What is the toughest thing about writing? 

Editing. Hands down! I know it makes the story better, but good land… Sometimes it kills my heart a little. Until the finished manuscript… Then it was all worth it. 

How is this book different from your other books? 

This is my first fairytale retelling. And something I have been wanting to write for ages! This collection was the push I needed to do what I’ve always wanted to write. 

What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear “Fairytale”? 

Hopeless Romantic

How long have you been writing? 

Since I was 12 – but took a sabbatical, when I read my best friends writing and thought mine was garbage. Since then, writing for the last four years, with the intent to publish. Finally published my first novel in 2018

Who are your real life secondary characters? 

My family – biggest supporter is my mom. 

My grandpa – who passed away this past fall. The thing I miss most was telling him about my progress and having him give me two thumbs up and telling me good job. If I could have just recorded it… I would give anything to hear that one more time. 

Do you think books need villains to survive, or all they need is love? 

I’m a hopeless romantic – so love! Plus, I LOVE the villains redeeming story. 

Which of your books is your favorite? 

Tailor Fit – it was a mental battle to write, but one I’m so very proud of! I “quit” writing it about 4 different times. But kept coming back to it over and over again. 

 Please organize (from first to last) based on your writing process: Heart, brain, conscience.