Friday, July 9, 2010

An Interview with Allison Wonderland

I couldn't actually put together a book called Alison's Wonderland without including the fabulous Allison Wonderland, could I? Of course, not! My favorite mention of her story in a review is this one from Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust: ...and let's say that at some brand-name theme parks with a certain mouse mascot, the shortest route may not always be straight....

Here, Allison visits Alison to answer my questions!

1) Which fairy tale character would you most like to do and why?

Belle. She’s a beauty. Plus, she’s audacious and tenacious, not like those princesses who are passive-regressive.

2) If your fairy godmother or fairy godfather (I’m an equal opportunity fairy employer) waved a magic wand over your head and granted you three wishes, what would you be wearing during your wishing?

Hot pink fishnet stockings and a bubblegum-colored dress like the one Sleeping Beauty wears. Because I would be tickled pink if I met my fairy godmother.

3) What would you wish for?

I’d wish to be fearless, to have the ability to play a musical instrument (piano is preferred), and to travel back in time to the 1950’s so that I could be in the studio audience at a taping of I Love Lucy.

4) Do you own fairy wings? A little red riding hood? Glass slippers? If yes, please describe! Or send photos!

None of the above. However, I do have many magic wands. I hope this doesn’t mean that I now have to be the wish-granter instead of the wish-maker.

5) What question would you most like to ask another author in the line-up?

Lana Fox: your story, “Always Break the Spines,” got me thinking about how I never break the spines. I have this thing about keeping books intact, pristine, like I don’t want anyone to know I’ve read them. Of course, after having read your story, I’m tempted to break this very odd habit of mine. So, do you always break the spines?

6) What would you like to tell readers about your story in Alison’s Wonderland?

You know how the saying goes: "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your princess." All right, so in all fairness, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but the sentiment is still pretty much the same. Carla has kissed her share of web-footed amphibians, not to mention a handful of horny toads. But none ever slipped out of its shiny green skin and into a garish gown and polished pumps. Until she met Kendall. “Sleeping with Beauty” is a tale of two theme park princesses who find love and lust at The Happiest Place on Earth.

7) What fairy tale would you love to tackle in the future?

Definitely Cinderella. A hundred and one uses for a magic wand…

Allison Wonderland has a B.A. in Women’s Studies, a weakness for lollipops, and a fondness for rubber ducks. Her favorite sound is Fran Drescher’s voice, and her cocktail of choice is a Shirley Temple. On the fairy tale front, she is quite fond of Jane Yolen’s collection, Not One Damsel in Distress. (She finds the dearth of distressed damsels very refreshing.) Allison has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Hurts So Good, Island Girls, Best Lesbian Erotica 2010, and Fairy Tale Lust. Find out what else she’s into and up to at her blog:

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