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Crossroads Tour: Amanda Ashby


In your newest book Fairy Bad Day , Emma is out to get cute, little fairies. Why?: )
Hahaha, believe me, if Emma had anything to do with it she wouldn’t go near those little fairies. They are the bane of her existence. However, after doing numerous tests she gets assigned to them and has no choice but to try and kill them. Of course the little fairies delight in mocking her and killing them is a lot harder than she ever thought it would be!

How would you describe Emma and Curtis?
Emma is focused. Very, very focused! In fact, she is my first heroine who doesn’t like shoes or shopping. All she wants to do is be a dragon slayer and this really drives her character through the entire book! As for Curtis, he is a lot more laid back than Emma, though he also has goals and when they clash with Emma’s he does feel bad about it (unlike Emma, who would just feel justified if the tables had been turned).

Are there any other paranormal creatures you’d like to include in future books?
I would love to do a book on the Norse Gods though I’m not sure if that’s a bit old hat. Anyway, even if I don’t, I think the idea of Loki is so brilliant that I’m sure I’ll slip in into a book under a different guise!

The cover for Fairy Bad Day is so funny! What was your first reaction to the cover, and did you have a part in the design process?
I love the cover to Fairy Bad Day and while I didn’t have any part in how they put it together, when my editor asked me for suggestions, I said that it would be cool to have my heroine, Emma, holding a big sword so that we could mainly see her legs. I think you can agree that they went with it!

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby Publisher: Speak (June 9th, 2011) Reading Level: Young Adult Paperback: 336 pages
While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy — and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

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