Jenniffer Wardell is the arts, entertainment, and lifestyle reporter for the Davis Clipper. She’s won several awards from the Utah Press Association and the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is her first novel.
Write a Haiku about your book
Life may be messy
But real magic can be found
If you just reach out
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
The shadows are where the wilder and more interesting creatures dwell. Also, I keep hoping I’ll run into Batman.
Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
The title comes to me as a write, though sometimes it will change three or four times according to my understanding of the story. “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” was the first title I chose, though a later option was “Wishful Thinking.” Still, none of them seemed to fit better than “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” did.
If you could take over the world, would you?
Never. Think of all the extra work that would cause.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
I can’t pick a favorite scene, but I do love the moment when Kate’s official Fairy Godmothers, Inc. entrance goes horribly wrong. I can understand the frustration perfectly, and who doesn’t love the thought of swans going rogue? As for the difficult parts, I’d have to say it was hardest to write Jon Charming, Kate’s handsome prince. He’s naturally very reserved, and it took me forever to get to know him properly. I had to re-write all his scenes at least once during the first few chapters.
What’s your favorite word?
It changes all the time. I think codicil was the most recent, but they usually have to have at least three syllables or otherwise be really fun to say out loud.
Describe your book in 5 words
Romantic, funny, quirky, sweet, different
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Yes. My friends can all identify themselves. My enemies never seem to, but my friends can all point them out.
What words or expression do you overuse?
For awhile, I was obsessed with the word “slightly.” I also went through a period where every single character raised an eyebrow in pretty much every single scene. It was mortally embarrassing.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Not only do they talk, they insist on arguing with me on a regular basis. It can be incredibly inconvenient in public.
Where do you write?
Anywhere. I have a notebook in my purse, and I’ve been known to drop to the ground in movie theater hallways and just start writing.
What is the last thing you bought?
“Heart of Obsidian” by Nalini Singh. A fantastic book – go out and read it now!
Fanfiction – Love it or Hate it? Have you ever written it?
Some of it is clearly the product of a deranged mind, but there’s also some really glorious stuff out there. And yes, I have written it.
In a world where fairy tale situations are as much a fact of life as death and taxes, everyone knows hiring Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is the best way to assure that your beautiful daughter or enchanted frog of a grandson will get the happily-ever-after he or she deserves. Sure, sometimes a little love potion is required to make sure those quotas stay up, but what Prince Charming doesn’t know won’t hurt him.
Kate, an experienced Fairy Godmother, who’s enough of a romantic to frustrate her rigidly rule-bound boss, has just received a specialty assignment from one of the company’s board of directors. Cinderella—Rellie for short—was placed with an appropriately wicked stepfamily years before, and now needs the dress, ball, and handsome prince to complete her happily-ever-after. The fact that Rellie isn’t sure this is her dream come true—balls are fun, but princes tend to be less interesting than fluffy bunnies—isn’t something management considers a problem.
Complicating things a bit is Jon, the youngest son of the royal family, who meets Kate, and is smitten, but isn’t quite ready yet to reveal his true identity. After all, it’s his older brother Rupert who’s supposed to marry Rellie, which means pretending to be a lowly civil servant will give him the chance to spend more time with Kate. (As long as he can get the ball arranged, and stop Rupert from getting himself into trouble over his “self-actualization” business, he should have the perfect opportunity to explain everything and get started on making a little magic with the Fairy Godmother of his dreams.)
But, of course, things never ever happen as planned.
Fairy Godmother Rule Number One: Never argue with a client. As long as someone’s willing to pay for them, dancing elephants, solid gold princes, and fifty-foot-high stacks of down-filled mattresses are perfectly fine requests.
And never, under any circumstances, point out when a client is being an idiot.
“I’m sorry, but I’m afraid there’s been some confusion.” Shifting forward to find a slightly less uncomfortable position for her wings, Kate tried to keep her voice polite as she thought terribly insulting things about the woman sitting across from her. “Finding a nobleman who’s been enchanted into a dragon isn’t really going to be an option for your granddaughter. There’s an unspoken rule among evil witches and sorcerers not to use a curse to transform someone into a member of an already sentient species—it’s seen as an insult to be considered a ‘curse’ in the same light as a frog or a cow. The species rights groups get upset and lawyers show up. The last case that went to court ended up dragging on for years.”
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. Mission Statement
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is committed to delivering a complete “fairy tale” experience to young people looking to make a socially appropriate marriage. We are the world leader in romance creation and distribution, and are relentless in our quest to deliver optimal “happily ever after” scenarios no matter the circumstance.
No love story or royal wedding is complete without the services of Fairy Godmothers, Inc.