Who is Author Klarissa King?
When not writing, Klarissa can be found in bed poring over a great new release, or reluctantly walking her demanding dogs who pretty much run the house.
She is not-so-secretly the writer, Isla Jones. Isla uses the pen-name Klarissa for fantasy and writing, while using Isla Jones for her darker, grittier horror works. Klarissa strips the Disneyfied tropes of fairy tales, and drags them back to their raw roots, where horror and true danger lurk behind every symbolic event. From every book in her Feared Fables series, a darker message that relates to modern times (particularly about woman and oppression) can easily be plucked from the pages. Except lots of anti-heros and metaphors for the toxicity of society.
What’s your latest book all about?
My latest book is HEARTS, the third in the Feared Fables anthology series. To put it simply, if Wonderland was fractured into four broken countries–Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs–and the only way to unite what was once a unit was through bloodshed, dangerous games with malevolent ringmasters and (of course!) tea parties where truths are barely spoken without thin veils, then only one could step into the role of the ultimate revolution against the Queen of Hearts. But not without devious allies who have their own agendas, anti-heroes who hold all the secrets and poisonous kisses, and lost loved ones fallen to betrayal and treachery.
Hearts takes Rose White on a gruesome journey through the Hatterthon, the most dangerous game known to Wonderland, but at the seams, darker magic leaks. Magic older than the game itself. And though all she wants is to go home, Rose quickly learns that her place in the Hatterthon was not a fall down a dark, damp well–it was fate. A fate never to be told, if she had it her way.
As the third in this series, the first installment is a dark retelling of Red Riding Hood ‘where she might not be so little after all’. The second, The Prince’s Prisoner, is a fae retelling of the ORIGINAL (can’t stress this enough, going back to Grimm Brothers’ times) Beauty and the Beast, and perhaps what the Beast craves to break his curse of inner ugliness isn’t true love, but his ideals of the family he never had being restored…ideals he will stop at nothing to get.
How did you get the idea of writing this book?
I was watching the Disney AIW with my little cousin when the ideas started to form. Originally, I had planned out a story based on Greek Mythology where the gods watched mortals compete in Gladiator-style arenas for their own entertainment. But as I watched Alice in Wonderland and all its niceties, I saw a perfect landscape to twist and mangle into something it should be–a warning, a true horror fable. And two years later, we’re weeks from release!
Where can readers contact you?
I’m reader-friendly! Not only can readers contact me through my website (it sends straight to my email, and I reply within the week), I can be messaged either on Goodreads or Facebook. I also have a close-knit Facebook Group (Kings and Queens) for my more loyal of readers, where I try to spoil them as best as I can, with cover reveals, and teasers of upcoming releases, and–my favourite–random giveaways!