21 Jun 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry // #Interview

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Author: Christina Henry
Series: N/A
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 18, 2019

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic "Little Red Riding Hood"...about a woman who isn't as defenseless as she seems.

It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn't look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined. 

Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...
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Describe THE GIRL IN RED in 10 words or less.

Christina Henry:  Post-apocalyptic Red Riding Hood.

What was the inspiration behind Red's character? How can women find themselves in Red's character?

Christina Henry:  I had an image in my head of a woman in a red hoodie holding a bloody axe. I wanted to know who she was and how she got there.

As for how women can find themselves in Red's character – like any character, I think that connection is personal. At least 50% of any book review has to do with the reader, not the writer. A reader's taste, personality, mood, preferences, experiences – all these things play into whether or not you're going to like a book or a character. This is why you might love a book at age 16 and dislike it at age 35, or vice versa. How you feel about a character has a lot to do with your personality meshing with a writer's style.

What did you learn in writing ALICE and LOST BOY that you applied to writing THE GIRL IN RED?

Christina HenryI don't know that I learned anything specific while writing those two books, but every book I finish does make writing the next one easier. Writers always hope that each new book is stronger than the last one because they hope that experience makes them better writers.

What do you enjoy most about writing retellings of classics in a post-apocalyptic setting?

Christina HenryWriters love apocalypse scenarios because the grand-scale devastation is the perfect opportunity to focus on small-scale results. Change, conflict and difficult choices for characters are all baked into apocalyptic situations, and writers love dealing their characters lots of strife.

What can we expect from you next?

Christina HenryI have two books coming out next year – Looking Glass, which is a four-novella collection set in the Chronicles of Alice universe, and The Ghost Tree, a horror novel about a cursed Midwestern town.
CHRISTINA HENRY  is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

ALICE was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2015. It was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in Horror and one of Barnes & Noble’s Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2015.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think this one is for me, but thanks for sharing! I might know someone who'd love this, so I'll pass it along.


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