February 10, 2014

Character Interview: the fairy Poppy from Valentine Wishes @DaisyBanks12 #RLFblog

Valentine's Wishes 
Title Valentine Wishes
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Name Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Full of good intentions the novice fairy Poppy grants her first big wish at a Valentine's Day party. The wish to bring her mortals love is powerful but misses its target and lands in the party punch. All three of her sweet mortal girls take just a sip and each one falls for the wrong man. There hasn't been a fairy disaster this bad in centuries and Poppy has no idea how to put things right. Add to the catastrophe the arrival of Cedar Heartwood, the fairy of her dreams, who drinks the punch too, and Poppy's dilemma grows. Cedar loves her in ways she's only dreamed about. Should she take back the wish from both the mortals and the fairy she adores? She must step with care or lose everything.

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Interview with the fairy Poppy from Valentine Wishes.

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
At the beginning of the story there are two things I want most. One is to help my mortals, so I will have good things to tell from my fly about when I go back to the fairy court. The other thing, the most important thing, is a secret only I know. I want Cedar Heartwood all to myself. I adore him. I left the fairy court to try to get over him, but even after so long away; he is still the fairy of my dreams. He is gorgeous, I mean it, and you would faint if you saw him. Well, yes, I expect you would, as he is a fairy with fabulous wings.
While I lived at the fairy court, I wanted him so much I used to get stomachache. Whenever I saw him I used to go all dizzy, tongue-tied and… Well, you get the idea. Doing fly about was hard but I found my three girls and they are great fun, despite all that, I still want Cedar.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
The odd thing is, as a fairy all I need to do is grant wishes, it's my job. My girls aren't very good at asking though, they just don't say the 'I wish' words. I help them with little wishes like keeping the oven clean, but big wishes are different.
There are lots of things I try to do, but mostly my problem is I'm ever so clumsy. I don't mean to be, but I am. I bump into things or drop things all the time. I don't think I'm very clever either. Other fairies seem to know a lot more than me. They used to laugh at me all the time when I was at the court. Daisy, my writer, she did her best, poor girl, but even she couldn't make me get the big wish right.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I suppose the problem is caused by me not trusting myself to grant wishes properly. I have to say it is very hard to trust yourself with something as special as a love wish when your track record with magic is like mine. Please, don't laugh.
How would you feel if you turned your brother blue? The color wouldn't wash off and I had to look at him for days while it faded. He looked awful and so many other fairies laughing didn't help at all. Even worse than a blue Yew, when the girls…Oh my, I can't bear to think about it. I won't tell you any more about the bad things. I try not to think of them.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
At the beginning of the story, I was very frightened that if I went back to the fairy court and I didn't have some good news about helping my mortals, I could be banished to a Christmas tree for years. I can't tell you how horrible it would be to have to spend most of the year in a box, and then when someone gets you out and dusts you off they shove prickly pine twigs up the back of your skirt. What a nightmare!
By the end of the story, my fears became very different. You'd be astonished how something so simple can be very special and change everything in the whole world. I'm not going to say too much about this or Daisy will be cross. People will want to read the story to find out.
There Daisy, I remembered.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
For years, as long as I can remember I have loved Cedar Heartwood, the most wonderful, beautiful, clever, gorgeous, sexy, delicious fairy that has ever flown or ever will fly. He is so special. I did fly about because of him though. I left the fairy court and went to find experiences in the world of mortals. You see he is so marvelous and I never ever thought he'd even look at someone as clumsy and silly as me.
I couldn't believe it when he arrived in my garden. I went all jellified. Things got really complicated once he turned up.
Daisy is looking cross, so I'd better not say anymore. I know you're all going to love Cedar too. I can't think of anyone who couldn't love someone like him.
What would that person say about you?
Cedar says I have a very pretty freckle shaped like a tulip, just by the side of my mouth. I think it's a horrid freckle, but he likes it. He also says it's easy to get too involved with mortals. I think he's wrong about that. One of the reasons fairies do what they do is because of mortals. I love my mortals, they are fun and I like helping them. My girls are so sweet. They have a beautiful garden with lights and flowers in pots, and herbs too. I enjoyed being one of the girls. Cedar would probably say I go inside too much, he thinks it's dangerous. There is the nasty net curtain at the windows but if I'm careful, it's not a problem. My mortals don't have a cat, so where's the danger?
What is your family like?
My parents don't live at the fairy court any more though they did at one time. They moved to an orchard in Worcestershire, to work helping some mortals grow apples. My brother, Yew, he's really good looking, except when he's blue. He is a courtier, he loves all the gossip, the parties, dancing and … Ah, I won't say anything about the other things at the court. Yew and Cedar are friends, that's how I got to see Cedar so often when I was at the court. I used to watch him and daydream all kinds of things.
I didn't tell Yew how much I wanted Cedar. My brother would probably have laughed at me because Cedar had so many fairies he could pick to share a bargain with him. They followed him around, a gaggle of them, all doing things to make him notice them. I couldn't do the things they did. If I tried to make mini butterflies all cling to me as my dress, I can guess what might have happened. I'd have had lots of fairies laughing at me.
I didn't enjoy the fashions at the court, some of them were silly, three flowers and a weed, you try making an attractive outfit out of that.
There is a word for what I think about the court; I'll have to ask Daisy, I think she'll know. Anyway, I didn't like the court because it was superficial, that's the word according to Daisy. I was glad to go on fly about to get away from all of it but the thing that made me go was Cedar. I couldn't bear watching him and wanting him the way I did. I thought it would be better to go from the court and try to forget, if I could. I did miss him. I missed him every day. He was always in my head.
What special skills do you rely on?
Flying and magic. I love flying and flying with Cedar is the best thing ever. I love granting wishes because it is so exciting. I love watching the wishes work, when they go right.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am thrilled with the way my story ends. Don't let her know, but I think Daisy could have done a bit more writing to be truthful. I mean, it wouldn't have broken the computer to add another couple of chapters. I was having such a good time and so were my mortals. I have to be very careful what I say here as Daisy has just come in and she is staring at me. Her eyes go all pointy at the edges when she gets cross. I've told her she'll get wrinkles but she doesn't seem to care.
Anyway, I loved the ending to my story and so did my mortals. There were a few hiccups along the way to get to there, but I think it was worth it.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
I'm an obsessive writer who loves to write. A new story is a thrill to work on and I want readers to have the best time reading my stories.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I have loved fairy stories since I was a very small child. To write an adult fairy tale, with fairies with adult motivations felt very natural. Poppy is rather an accident-prone fairy, but I couldn't help become fond of her. She tries so hard.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Yes, Poppy's lack of faith in herself and her magic did surprise me. I'd assumed she'd realize how beautiful and magical she is, but she doesn't seem to have any idea at all. I thought she'd understand that despite the odd accident here and there, she is an incredible fairy, but she struggled so hard to see that in herself. Her sense of self worth needed a lot of work. I have to say working with a fairy with such low self-esteem proved troublesome some days.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Poppy is happiest when she is helping the mortals and her wishes work. I felt happy when she did. She is such a caring fairy. When the big wish went wrong, I could have cried for her. Poor Poppy was desperate. When Cedar arrived, I didn't have much hope things would improve. The magic made a big difference.
Why do you write?
That question is a bit like asking why I breathe. I write because I must. I know that may sound rather odd but it's the way it is for me at present. I work on my writing in one way or another every day. I write because there are stories in my head demanding to come out. My writing, as it allows me to use my imagination and create, is a pleasure for me. I like working in a range of genres and finding my way in them. I love reading too and if I am not writing then I am reading. I learn from reading too. I hope in ten years time I will still be reading, learning and writing.
What do you want to write next?
I have a new historical that is about half way done. I also have an idea for another. I have just finished the sequel to my story Timeless, and will be submitting that before the end of February. There is a third part to that story too.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
At present, I am not planning a sequel to this book. I may write another fairy tale in the future but I'm not certain. I'd like to explore the darker side of fairy.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I'd like to say a big thank you to them for taking the time to read my stories. I love it when I hear back from people who have enjoyed a story.

Author Bio

Romance author Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy novels in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. Daisy uses a fresh and lyrical voice to weave a compelling and magical spell for readers.

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  1. I loved meeting Poppy, and I'm very excited the book is out. Happy Book Birthday, Daisy! :D

  2. Thanks so much, Sotia. I do hope you enjoy the story.

  3. A wonderful interview Daisy, looking forward to reading more!

  4. Thank you, Layne. Let me know if you enjoy the book.

  5. Oh Miss Daisy! The more I learn about Valentine Wishes, the more excited I am to read it. Can't wait! You are such a talented writer - I can tell everyone that here. I wonder if Yew would have his own story? I know you aren't planning one, but perhaps he will whisper to you one day while you are bobbing your tea bag in a mug or racing out of the rain.
    Congrats on this Valentine's Day release, I know it will do well! xo

    1. You are very kind, Cd. I might write another fairy tale in the future. Thank you for the good wishes. I do hope you enjoy the story.

  6. Welcome Poppy and Daisy. It's flower day on RLF! ^_^

    1. Thanks so much, Kayelle. It is lovely to be here. Everything should be fine as long as Poppy and I don't both go to seed. :-)

  7. Poppy - you do lead an interesting life, can't wait to find out more about it!

    1. Thanks, Allyson. I know how busy you are today with Operation Cupid coming out. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  8. Lovely to learn more about you Miss Poppy. I very much enjoyed your story.

    I agree that a story about Yew would be interesting esoecially as he is such a courtier - very different than Poppy & Cedar. Lots of opportunity for drama!

    1. Thanks, Heather. Yes, perhaps one day I might write that tale. I like Yew he is a very devoted courtier.

  9. Poppy, I love that you wanted more "read" time - and you so deserve it.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Diane. Yes, Poppy surprised me with that request. I suppose it was the garden that prompted the need for more.

    2. Thanks for commenting, Diane. Yes, Poppy surprised me with that request. I suppose it was the garden that prompted the need for more.

  10. Next time around I'm coming back as a fairy, one of your fairies of course, not any old fairy. Love your characters. I would hate to have a stick up my skirt on the top of a Christmas tree - punishment indeed.

  11. Thanks for commenting, Virginnia. Glad you enjoyed the post.


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