Grimm and White
Emily Ann Hansen
Genre: Fairytale/ Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: January 26th, 2016
Number of pages: 287 kindle
Number of pages: 245 Print
Word Count: 89,000
Cover Artist: Murphy Rae
How far would you go to save your own life? Would you kill the one you love?
I want you to put your hand over your heart. Press down against the skin, meld your fingers into the flesh, and listen to the beats. Can you hear how that one organ is keeping you alive? One pump. Two pumps. Three.
Alice White Cabot would consider you lucky. She can press down in that same exact spot and she would feel … nothing. She is under the curse of the Heartless, and on her nineteenth birthday she will have to rip out the heart of the one she loves or she herself will die.
Kallin Grimm is a regular nineteen-year-old guy from the Chicago suburbs. He’s completely normal, except for the strength he can’t explain. Not to mention, Kallin is in love with a girl that he has never met. The only means of communication between the two of them is through an enchanted journal. Whatever is written in one can be seen in the other. For the past year Allie and Kallin have shared their secrets and their souls, which is why Allie knows they can never be together. It is the only way to keep his heart safe.
Enter the dark world of curses, secrets, and a history as old as time. The novel opens on Allie’s eighteenth birthday. With one year left, she, along with her best friend Miles set off from California to find out more about the curse, her past, and to stay as far away from Kallin Grimm as she can. Their first lead is in Chicago. Maybe this curse is stronger than she thinks. Tick-Tick-Tick.
Who would you choose?
Prologue: “Happily Never After”
On Lighthouse Avenue, inside the house at the end of the street, lives a girl with no heart. This is not to say she is cold or unloving, but it is literal and true. If you peeked inside her pale skin, peeled back her veins and muscles, you would find a cavernous hole of sorts.
Her name is Alice White Cabot, and she is eighteen-years-old today.
A light turns on in the shed behind the Cabot house. Beyond the roses that line the aged rocks on the side wall of the large house, past the stepping stones, a few feet farther than the toad rot, gundly flax, and verbena flowers (I’m sure we will get to that later), and finally we reach a small wooden box. What served as a gardening shed, now is filled to the brim with papers, maps, pens, various supplies, two pictures, one knife, and the girl in question.
About the Author:
Emily Hansen is a writer currently living in Baltimore City. She grew up in Illinois and will always call Chicago home. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Fiction. She is a 9th grade English teacher. She became a writer because she thinks that people should not have to look far to find magic in their lives. Her obsessions range from depressing poetry to one or ten cups of coffee a day. Grimm and White is her first novel.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from forty minutes outside of Chicago. I was born and raised in the kind of town where you walk outside and watch the funnel clouds instead of running for cover.
Tell us your latest news?
I’ll be contributing to just breezies magazine soon! http://justbreezies.com/
When and why did you begin writing?
I know for sure that I was writing in the third grade with the knowledge that I wanted it to be a career. I wrote a melancholy poem called “Greatest Fear” in which the first line was “Walking down my street of terror…” I was reading Emily Dickinson, what can I say?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
What inspired you to write your first book?
Love. We’ve all been there, except maybe a lucky few. We’ve all been to the point where we felt like our heart has been ripped out because of a relationship. That could be because of a divorce, breakup, or maybe the reason is unrequited love. The point is, that with love there is choice. I find it so fascinating that people just pick each other. Out of all the other humans on the planet, they choose one another, and say, “I love you.” The idea of the Heartless came about after really contemplating this notion. What would it be like to have to choose yourself or the one you love?
Read more about this on my blog: http://emilyannhansen.weebly.com/blog---adventures-in-wonderland/the-birth-of-the-heartless
Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is the non-style style. If I do, I’m unaware of it. As Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
How did you come up with the title?
Grimm is the last name of one of my protagonists and White is the middle name of my main protagonist. For over a year it was something else entirely and when I said my current title aloud, I was like, “YES! That is it!”
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! Two in fact:
#1 The people you love are worth fighting for. There are so many people who are not able to be with the person they love. If it is at all possible, make it happen.
#2: Life is precious. What would you do with your remaining minutes/hours/days if you knew they were numbered? Tomorrow isn’t a promise. That might not be a pretty theme/message but it is the truth. Be thankful for your life and remember to live it for all the people who don’t have that luxury.
How much of the book is realistic?
Allie and Fitch work at a bar. I’ve worked in the service industry for nearly ten years. Also, there might be some lines that were inspired by someone who I love very much. You know, the one who got away.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I probably pick different books every time I am asked this. For today this is my list:
Anything Emily Dickinson
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Harry Potter, of course.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Cheryl Strayed without a doubt. I love her voice and her courage. She is a newer hero to me.
What book are you reading now?
I have a shelf that is filled with all fifteen books I am "currently" reading. Right this second: I’m reading the Legend Series by Marie Lu.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I don’t know how new she is but R.S. Grey has some really cute romance books that I am absolutely loving. I have such eclectic reading tastes. One second I can be reading Colleen Hoover and the next I’ll be re-reading East of Eden.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing the sequel to Grimm and White. It’s even darker than the first and I’m having so much fun. I’m also working on something called “The Lies of Lizbeth Dresden” which is an adult fiction novel. It is about a girl who gets roped into being the life coach of a guy she detests. It’s so different than Grimm and White, which really allows me to take a breather from each project when needed.
What would you like my readers to know?I put all the heart Allie doesn’t have into this project. Every minute was worth knowing that it might put a smile on someone’s face
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