Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Curse Undone (Gold Spun #2) by Brandie June. Another duology completed this year – another one I need to binge! I was lucky enough to get an interview with Brandie June and I’m excited to share her thoughts below. Be sure to check out the tour schedule below to find out other’s thoughts!
Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Her debut novel, Gold Spun, is a fresh retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale through the miller daughter’s POV. Except now the miller’s daughter is a con artist and Rumpelstiltskin is a mysterious faerie with a dark secret.
About The Book
Title: Curse Undone
Series: Gold Spun #2
Author: Brandie June
Publisher: CamCat Books
Publishing Date: October 4th, 2022
Page Length: 386
Age Range: YA
Two crowns. Two kingdoms. One chance to rule.
Nor and King Casper are captured by the fay army and forced to face the indomitable Faerie Queen, Marasina. At her command, Casper is thrown into a mysterious prison while an even sinister fate is in store for Nor—a deadly fay poison that reveals Nor’s true nature. She’s not only half-fay. She is Queen Marasina’s heir.
Revealed to be like the very creatures she despises, Nor must not only find a way to free Casper but also navigate a court that is as deadly as it is beautiful. Her allies are few, and though Pel claims to want friendship, Nor finds she cannot forgive his betrayal. As tensions mount and war looms between the kingdoms, Nor must choose a side, before it’s too late.
In this epic conclusion to the Gold Spun duology, Nor discovers that a glamour and a curse may be two sides of the same coin.
In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Curse Undone?
Faerie kingdom, lots of action, more fairytales, epic conclusion
Without spoilers, can you tell us a scene you had the most fun writing?
The is a wedding scene (which is a bit of a spoiler, but I won’t say whose wedding) that was in my head for a long time. I imagined this happening to these two characters in a lot of detail and it was such a delight to finally write it down. I am so excited to finally be able to share this scene, along with the rest of Curse Undone, with readers!
When you started Gold Spun, did you already have an idea of how Curse Undone, and the duology, would end? Did you find it more difficult to write the first book or the finale?
I always knew that there was more to Nor’s story than what was covered in Gold Spun. Initially, I thought it would be a trilogy, so I wrote a very early draft of Curse Undone with this in mind. After my publisher picked up Gold Spun, I had several conversations with my editor about the rest of the story. We eventually decided that a duology worked best. I had an unusual time editing after that, as I had to cut my draft in half and then write the ending. In this way, it was more challenging than writing Gold Spun, but I am very happy with how it turned out.
If you could spend the day with Nor and Casper what would you do with each of them?
Nor is adventurous and very adept at getting to know how things work behind-the-scenes, so I’d be happy to let her take the lead. I imagine we’d end up in the kitchens making ourselves sick with desserts or if this is modern day, then backstage at a concert we didn’t even have tickets for.
Casper plays by the rules but is well-versed in high society events. I’d want him to escort me to a ball or if this is a modern day get together, I imagine he’d have no problem scoring us tickets to the Met Gala.
Now that you’ve done a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, is there another fairytale/ myth/ folktale that you would want to retell next?
I’m currently working on a piece set in Wonderland. It’s not so much of a retelling as a fabulous world to play in. I can’t say much more at the moment, but I don’t imagine it will be the last tale I look at penning a retelling.
After loving the Gold Spun Duology, what do you recommend a reader pick up next?
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is another excellent Rumpelstiltskin retelling as is the Gilded Duology Marissa Meyer. I also recently read Book of Night by Holly Black. It’s a great choice if a reader is hungering for another female con artist.
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