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Rhiannon Thomas

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Rhiannon Thomas is an English Lit grad from Princeton University. She currently lives in York, England, in the shadow of a 13th century Gothic cathedral. When she isn’t lost in YA fantasy, she writes about feminism and the media on her blog, FeministFiction.com.

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Rhiannon Thomas The idea for A Wicked Thing came to me while Twilight was still the big thing in YA, and I was upset by how many insta-love, fated to be together,…moreThe idea for A Wicked Thing came to me while Twilight was still the big thing in YA, and I was upset by how many insta-love, fated to be together, creepy-stalker-is-romantic stories I was seeing. I really wanted to write a story that explored the idea of fated insta-love, and just how weird and uncomfortable it would be to actually be told, “Hey, this guy you’ve never met is your true love.” That set me thinking about Sleeping Beauty, which in turn got me thinking about all the other weirdness in that story, from the possibility of sleeping away a hundred years to a fairy cursing a newborn baby because she wasn’t invited to a party. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to explore all these things and see what would happen after Sleeping Beauty woke up.

And other things that inspired the story… well, there’s a lot. Disney movies (especially Tangled). Game of Thrones. The Civil Wars and Florence + the Machine. Reading too much vitriol against Sansa Stark. A life-long obsession with fairy tales. The sexy rebels trope. Dragon Age. And more influential YA novels than I can count.

As for what I want readers to take away from it, most of all, I hope they enjoy it! I don’t think it’s a writer’s place to tell a reader what they should get from a novel (the author is dead, and all that), so I just hope that readers find something to like or relate to in the story. :)(less)
Rhiannon Thomas Hi Maddy!

There are a bunch!

- Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift (I basically listened to this on repeat while writing -- thank god for headphones!)
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Hi Maddy!

There are a bunch!

- Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift (I basically listened to this on repeat while writing -- thank god for headphones!)
- Devil's Spoke by Laura Marling
- Falling by the Civil Wars
- I Don't Need You by the Pierces
- Blinding and Rabbit Heart by Florence

And a bunch more. I'll definitely put together a playlist nearer the release! :)(less)
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I am a total achievement hound.

Recently, I’ve been putting many not-that-fun hours into Stardew Valley, because dammit, I’m only missing two artefacts for the museum, and I must have them. According to the guides I’ve been reading, one is found in town, the other by the bus stop, so I scour them every game day, then run around giving guide-approved gifts to villagers to make them be my best...

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“Burn them all, little dragon.”
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“Few female characters get to be “the Chosen One” in science fiction and fantasy. Leia is as much the child of Darth Vader as Luke is, but only Luke gets to use the force, be recruited by his dad and ultimately save the day. We don’t get impossibly clever female sleuths or the sexy spies with the awesome gadgets. And on the rare occasions that we do get those characters, they’re denigrated as unrealistic Mary Sues.”
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“She had spent years locked in a tower, unable to see anything of the world but the scarp of forest beyond her window, but stories had provided her escape. New books, old books, dramas and histories and fantastical adventures, stories of ordinary lives, stories of dragons and demons, murders and mysteries and myths from long ago. A hundred possible worlds, more true to her than her own, more compelling than a life of staring at the same walls and same trees, waiting for the day when the lock would click and she would finally be allowed to be free. A story could not hurt her.”
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