Interview and contest: Kristine Grayson – Wickedly Charming

Today I have Kristine Grayson over for an interview. And the end of it there is a giveaway of 2 copies of her new book Wickedly Charming.
Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!

Tell us something about yourself, so we can get to know you better…
KG: I love to read and I love to write.  I have too many cats.  I travel a lot, but I’m really quite shy.  So writing is the perfect job for me.
Your latest release is called Wickedly Charming; can you tell me what it is about?
KG: In it, Prince Charming, newly divorced from Cinderella, falls in love with Snow White’s “evil” stepmother at a Los Angeles book fair.
How did you think of the idea to write about fairy tale characters?
KG:  I’ve been writing inverted fairy tales for years.  I figure nothing is ever quite as it seems—not even fairy tales. So I have a lot of fun with this.
Will we see more fairytale stories from you soon?
KG: Next, Sourcebooks will reissue Utterly Charming, my first fairy tale novel, in which Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Charming falls in love with Sleeping Beauty’s lawyer.  Yep.  My brain isn’t quite normal. 

Who is your favorite fairytale character and why?
KG:  I love the princes charming.  I really do.  They are the Perfect Man for every woman. Or maybe I just watched too many Disney movies as a kid.

You also write under other names. How is it to write in different genres and to use different names?
KG: I didn’t even know what genre was until my friend Kevin J. Anderson (who now writes the bestselling Dune books) told me when we met in college.  Since I don’t really “see” genre, I don’t notice when I’m crossing into a new one.  But as a reader, I have learned that I like some books by certain writers and not others. For example, I love Barbara Michaels, but don’t like Elizabeth Peters—and both are pen names for the marvelous Barbara Mertz.  So I took a leaf out of her book and decided to put my very different books under different names.  My Grayson books are sweet romances. My Kristine Kathryn Rusch novels are all over the map and can sometimes be dark.  My Kris Nelscott books are noir mysteries set in the 1960s.  And I’ve just started a new pen name, Kris DeLake, which will be steamy sf romances.  I’m having fun.
Could you tell me about a little about all the other books you have written?
KG:  If I told you about all the other books I’ve written, we’d be here for weeks! I’ve written about 90 novels.  Many are mysteries, like my Kris Nelscott books. But I’ve also written some mystery/sf crossover novels.  I have a detective series set on the Moon, called the Retrieval Artist. That’s under Rusch. And so are the novels about my kick-butt heroine, Boss.  She appears in Diving into the Wreck and City of Ruins, with more to come.  And then there are the DeLake books, upcoming from Sourcebooks. And I do romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter.  And there’s more. But that’s the shorthand version.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
KG: Write a lot.  Have fun.  And learn the business.  More careers die because a writer doesn’t know business than for any other reason.  A bad book won’t kill you, but failing to understand contracts and copyrights will.  (I write a blog about this every Thursday at

Thanks for stopping by!
KG: Thanks for asking me!

2 winners: Wickedly Charming

1.US and Canada
2. Ends May 29th
3. Just enter or if you wanna make it fun:
comment on the book/interview, or tell me your fav fairytale or anything 🙂
Winners: Mocha Latte and Melanie


He’s Given Up on Happily-Ever-After…
Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future. That is until he meets up with Mellie…
But She Might Be the Key to Happily-Right-Now…
Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn’t stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she’s ever met and discovers she’s going about her mission all wrong…
It’s only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads—and vulnerable hearts—together…

Before turning to romance writing, Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon. Her next book from Sourcebooks Casablanca, Utterly Charming will be in stores in October 2011. For more information, please visit and

36 thoughts on “Interview and contest: Kristine Grayson – Wickedly Charming

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    Thank you for the interview :)I did not know when I read the book that you were also KK Rusch! I read your Fey books like 8 years ago and really enjoyed them

  2. Diana (Book of Secrets) says:

    Pen names are intriguing. It's fun to find out two of your favorite authors are the same person. Or, finding out one you like and one you don't are the same!My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for the giveaway!Dianabookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Nise' says:

    It is great to meet Kristine. She is a new to me author and after reading what Wickedly Charming is about, I want to read it!

  4. Misha says:

    Great interview!I had no idea that Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters were the same person :OMy favorite fairytales are Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.(Not an entry)

  5. vvb32 reads says:

    love the twist with this story! what does the prince see in snow white's evil stepmom? as i think of the stepmom being much older she must have those cougar-like qualities. guess i'll have to read the book to find out!vvb32 at

  6. Jenny Q says:

    Great interview! I had no idea she was such a prolific writer. Please enter me:, commenting on your entry into my giveaway for Here Be Dragons–girlfriend, I can't believe you haven't read that book yet!! It is one of the best books EVER! I hope you win so I can send it to you!

  7. Melanie says:

    Wow! Wickedly Charming sounds like a great read! Cinderella and Snow White are both my favorite fairy tales. :)Thanks for the giveaway!melvautour(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Margaret says:

    On the cover it looks like the Newshwanstien castle (I know I didn't spell that right)in Fussen,Germany. I have been to it once and it is truly a fairy tale castle. The view from it of the Austrian mountains is amazing!

  9. Erika says:

    I just added this one to my TBR list this morning! I love the idea of this book. My favourite fairy tale is either Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin. It just depends what mood I'm in :PerikadlugoATyahooDOTcom

  10. says:

    Kristine – You said you enjoy traveling, so what was your favorite place to visit and why? If you had a dream vacation where would you go? Anywhere in the world…no limits!Blodeuedd – Thanks for another amazing giveaway opportunity. Man, you are on a role girl! My favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty and I really liked The Little Mermaid…oh and Aladdin (does that count as a fairy tale?!?!). 😀

  11. carolsnotebook says:

    I love fairy tales and always enjoy when authors twist them around.Pen names tend to get me confused. I'm always surprised when so-and-so is the same person as someone else.

  12. Missie says:

    Awwww! We have so much in common. I love Prince Charmings too! They are just so… so… well, charming. :)Thanks for the giveaway! Very exciting. missie at

  13. Staci says:

    Don't enter me…I'm currently reading this one right now and loving it!! Thanks for the interview as I enjoyed getting to know Grayson a bit better!

  14. Barbara E. says:

    Wickedly Charming sounds like a wonderful book, and I'm looking forward to reading it. I always enjoy those books that take fairy tales and tweak them into something new and fun. My favorite fairy tale has always been Cinderella, so I'd love to see what happens to Kristine Grayson's Prince Charming.Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  15. Lolarific says:

    I love the modern romantic re-tellings of fairytales. Although I'd like to see some of the harder ones tried at some point. But I love the idea behind this story and can't wait to read it!

  16. Lisa R/alterlisa says:

    Great interview!One of my favorite fairy tales has always been The princess & the Pea.(\___/)(='.'=) (")_(")alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Blodeuedd says:

    @DianaThat is a good one and I love that she is a booklover@NiseIt was so very sweet@MishaNeither did I@AlyssaIt was really sweet and I do like fairytale variations it seems@VVNo no, they are pretty much the same age, and she is not evil at all. Snow White was just a spoiled brat@JennyI have heard that 😀 And dunno how many times I have been told to read the book. I am so very curious@MelanieThose stories are good :)@Donna:)@AmusedThanks, I am glad you enjoyed it@MargaretI love that castle! And I do not know how to spell it either ;)@HamnaThanks!@TeaI like that one too@ErikaI hope you get to read it@DennaI know, I have had a A LOT of interviews lately! 😀 I like those stories too and sure Aladdin is one too@CarolAnd I never even know the people are the same even though I have read both penames lol@AnaYou can, just never know if an author shows up. This prince or? Cos nope, but Snows prince was a creep@VanessaGood luck@MissieI know, awww charmings :D@SusiLol, makes me wonder what I would call myself@JennyI do love twists!@AmandaIt's a good one@MelissaI liked it too :=)@StaciYay, I am glad you like it@barbaraI hope you get to read it then and find out@ElaineI sure enjoyed it@LolaThey are so fun to read :D@Shannonit was :)@LisaI love the bunny!@NaidaI do love cute@BrittanyThanks for stopping by

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