A little while ago, I got the best email! I was asked to join the blog tour for Lexa Hillyer’s Winter Glass and oh my goodness, I might’ve just screamed. YAY. YAY. YAY!!! I absolutely LOVED Spindle Fire when I listened to the audiobook last year and Winter Glass was one of my most anticipated releases. I got to read it earlier and I got to ask author Lexa Hillyer some questions! Read her answers down below.
For those who don’t know anything about Spindle Fire and Winter Glass, could you summarise it in a few sentences?
Spindle Fire is a feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty in which Aurora doesn’t actually fall asleep but enters a creepy world made of the Night Faerie’s dreams, while her half-sister Isabelle is the one who goes on a heroic journey to try and save her by bringing back the prince, even as the evil faerie Malfleur threatens war on the kingdom. Winter Glass turns Isabelle into an unexpected Cinderella-figure as she discovers a glass slipper that holds the secret to her legacy, and becomes a means by which she can take on the war against Malfleur, while Aurora has other plans up her sleeve.
Aurora and Isbe are on two different journeys in Winter Glass, which one was your favourite to write?
Aurora’s was more intense and challenging from a technical standpoint – she gets more of the cool action in this book! But Isabelle’s was more challenging emotionally; she’s really grappling with how she’s supposed to fit into the story. But I loved writing the intensity between her and William!
Winter Glass is told from different perspectives, which one was most difficult to write?
Writing the side characters and faeries’ points of view is always such a fun break from the main voices of the story that I usually love writing those the best. I guess Violette was sort of the hardest because she’s the WEIRDEST.
Spindle Fire was inspired by Sleeping Beauty and Winter Glass has a Cinderella element, why did you choose for those fairytales specifically?
With both, I wanted to invert the fairytales by taking the symbols that were sexist –sleeping beauty being trapped, helpless and asleep, and Cinderella being dainty enough for a tiny magical slipper—and instead use those symbols as agents of the women’s journeys toward independence, empowerment and selfhood.
Love plays a huge part in Winter Glass, what was it like incorporating all these different kinds of love stories into one book?
That was the goal! I loved layering in different kinds of love, from infatuation to unrequited to slow-burn to deep but complex. A big part of my purpose in this duology was to break open the idea of true love and make it more than just an end goal but a living, evolving, complicated beast, equal parts false ideal and saving grace.
Will you be writing more stories set in the world of Spindle Fire and Winter Glass?
Winter Glass is the ending I really wanted to write, but I do love this world, so I have thought about the idea of spinning off somewhat from this base of characters. Nothing in the works at the moment, though!
About Winter Glass
Aurora, torn from the dream world and Heath, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage a winning war against Malfleur’s army of Vultures.
But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice. Devoted half sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.
About Lexa Hillyer
Lexa Hillyer is the author of the young adult novels Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, as well as the poetry collection, Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books), the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry, and a recipient of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in Best New Poets 2012, and she has received various other prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both Harper Collins and Penguin, before founding the production company Glasstown Entertainment along with bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their daughter, and a very skinny orange tree.
Thanks so much to Lexa for answering all my questions! I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this Q&A, and of course that you’ll enjoy the book when it comes out! Also make sure to check out the other people who participated in this blog tour! I’ve included the schedule down below.
Have you read Spindle Fire? Will you be reading Winter Glass? Let’s chat in the comments!