Rebekah L Purdy celebrated the launch of her latest book The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex last week.
The book, published by Astrea Press, is the third in two years for this extraordinary mom of six from Greenville, Michigan.
The story of teen fairy godmother Maggie Winters follows My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters (the follow up to which is her current project) and Staking Shadows, a darker tale of forbidden love in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Rebekah’s output is even more impressive when added to the fact that besides six children and a menagerie of pets, she commutes 120 miles every day to a fast-paced job in the court system.
“Some days are easier than others, “says Rebekah. “I really try to plan my scenes in my head while I’m working at the day job or during my commute. I also keep my notebook by me so if I have an idea for a plotline/dialogue I quickly jot it down. Knowing I’ve only got sixty-minutes to get words down is a great motivator.”
Keeping family time and writing time separate is important to Rebekah, although her husband and children understand if she needs to take time out to meet a deadline. Her own family background has played a huge part in her writing career.
“Writing was kind of an escape for me growing up. My family moved A LOT. And although I did cheerleading and made friends quickly, I liked having a place I could kind of lose myself. Creating characters and stories became my outlet. “
Rebekah’s stories focus on the paranormal, and with books about shapeshifters, fairy godmothers and soul-sucking monsters under her belt, it’s no surprise that she had some pretty spooky childhood experiences
“When I was in middle school my mom and dad bought this really old house,” she remembers. There was always crazy stuff happening. But two events in particular still stand out to me. One was when I was home babysitting my siblings (who were playing upstairs). I was just finishing up the dishes when I heard a knock on the door behind me. I went to answer the door, but no one was there. But in the window, I saw my reflection and the reflection of a man standing behind me. When I turned around, no one was there.
“Another thing in this house was when me, my mom, and sister were all home together. Me and my mom were downstairs. All of a sudden my sister screamed from upstairs then came running down. She told us someone had turned off her bedroom light and touched her leg. At first my mom didn’t believe her, then all of a sudden we heard giggling from upstairs and footsteps running across the floor. Totally freaked me out.”
Her latest project is a follow up to her 2011 success “My Dad’s a paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters.” This new book sees Ima travel to Ireland, a country close to Rebekah’s heart.
Says Rebekah: “Ireland is beautiful. The countryside is amazing and the people I met were so nice. It’s almost like time stands still. Driving in the morning, seeing the fog roll over the hills, breathtaking.
“My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator 2 takes place there because I’ve always loved the folklore and myths. And I could see Ima, my main character, kind of losing herself in the history and beauty of Ireland. Not to mention, she can get into some real shenanigans.”
There’s no doubt we’ll all be sharing those adventures at some future date, but for now, Rebekah L Purdy fans have a new heroine in Maggie Winters, the narrator of the Fairy Godmother Files. Maggie’s adventures, both funny and scary, her friendships, romances and heartache are a page-turning read. Rebekah’s trademark blend of humour, drama and romance has never been better and the good news is, there’s not one but two follow-ups on their way.
“They get a little darker as we go, although there’s still a lot of humour planned, “says Rebekah. “I’m hoping in the next six to eight months to start working on the next one — as time permits. Or maybe even sooner, depending on how quick I can get the current book I’m working on written.”
The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex is available now at Amazon; http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fairy-Godmother-Files-ebook/dp/B007MOM5H8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332507766&sr=8-1
And here’s a little more about it…
Sixteen-year-old Maggie Winters can’t think of anything more exciting than junior year. There’s her first prom to look forward to, she can drive, and most important Connor Prince has finally noticed her. But unfortunately so has the school snob, Katrina Melville, who goes out of her way to make Maggie’s life a living hell. If that’s not enough, Maggie’s grandma has decided to retire, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal. That is until she finds out her grandma is a Fairy Godmother, and not just any Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother, as in Cinderella, pumpkins, and mice. And she has informed Maggie that she’s next in line to become the new Fairy Godmother.
At first Maggie is excited, the whole getting wings, flying (or rather trying not to crash), and a wand that lets her grant wishes. It’s like being a superhero, without all the action, explosions, and spandex. Then she gets her first assignment, Katrina Melville, her nemesis. And if that doesn’t make her want to poof herself into oblivion, she finds out that part of Katrina’s happily-ever-after is Connor Prince. Life is so unfair. Even worse, she can’t tell her two best friends about any of it and they’re getting sick of her disappearing acts. Then there are the dangerous creatures, called Grimms who will stop at nothing to keep the happy endings from being fulfilled, even if it means destroying the Fairy Godmother responsible. With time running out, Maggie has to make this wish come true or it will ruin the fates of everyone involved, and open the world to darkness beyond imagination. Maggie will soon find out what it truly means to be a Fairy Godmother—and it isn’t all about princes, gowns, and wings, but something much more.
To celebrate the launch, Rebekah’s offering an ebook to one lucky commenter. So drop me a line and you may be the one!