A repaired mirror is the next episode of USA today Best-selling author Alix E. Harrow’s Fractured Fables series and we chat with Alix about this new release, 2022 book recommendations, and more!
Hello, Alex! Thanks for joining us once again! How have the last 18 months been since our last conversation?
Oh it’s easy! Time is totally wrong, and I’m also starting to have my suspicions about space.
When did you discover your love for writing?
I would have liked it to be something artistic and profound – a moment of pure enlightenment – but in fact it was in the first year, when we were in a circle to share what we had written. The teacher stopped in front of mine and said “ok everyone, get ready for a true story.” And in that moment, a terrible goblin part of me woke up and never really went back to bed.
Quick Lightning Ride! Tell us about the first book you remember reading, the one that made you want to become an author and the one you can’t stop thinking about!
My Father’s Dragon was the first book with chapters that I read to myself (in silence! In my head!). boat down made me want to be an author, and I can’t stop thinking about Emily Tesh’s next movie Desperate glory.
your new novel, A repaired mirror, is out now! If you could only describe it in five words, what would they be?
Aarne Thompson Uther Index #709.
What can readers expect?
One hundred and forty-four pages of pop culture references, lightly interspersed with intrigue. A bit of romance. A bit of horror. Sworn. Two women chained to their old bad stories, determined to break free, whatever the cost.
Where does the inspiration for your Fractured Fables where does the series come from?
I left the theater to spider worms and I told my husband – with the light of divine inspiration in my eyes – that I was going to tell a fairy tale. I kind of wonder if there were dozens of versions of this same conversation going on simultaneously, given the recent boom in multiverse content.
Can you tell us a bit about the challenges you faced while writing and how you managed to overcome them?
I am a person of immense privilege; the only challenges I face are those that I have personally created (my children). I was able to overcome these challenges with the help of my greatest privilege (my husband).
Are there any favorite moments or characters that you really enjoyed writing or exploring?
Over the past two years, I have started to openly, intentionally, and happily read romance novels. Now – you may or may not know this – but many romance novels include something called to joke. These tense and revealing volleys between two characters who have finally, finally found their match. I like joking! But none of my previous work had much room for it. I’m happy to report that I finally got to try it out for myself, and it was exactly as fun as I feared.
What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
The worst advice is always to make it look like it came from the bottom of a macaroni and cheese box: write 1,000 words every day; simmer a year; adhere to the three-act structure and serve hot. The best advice is basically the same: read.
What’s next for you?
Starling House, my third full novel, will be released in June 2023! My editor described it as “Faulkner’s great-great-grandniece made a movie with Guillermo del Toro” which is so flattering I just dug up the old email to make sure that she really said that.
Finally, do you have any 2022 book recommendations for our readers?
OH BOY, ME! If you liked Nghi Vo The chosen and the beautiful, You will like queen of mermaids even more: queer Old Hollywood glam with supernatural layering. The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayesby Cat Sebastian, is perfect for people who love historical novels but also love being gay and committing crimes. Nona the ninth is everything you hope for, plus a few. Nicola Griffith Spear reminded me of what it was like to be young, dreaming of swords in the stones.