An Interview with Regina Doman
Which character was the most fun to write about? Probably Minot, as many people have guessed. I've always wanted to do an Oscar-Wilde type character, and she was my chance.
We've heard that RLD is geared towards an older audience. Is it still a fairy tale novel? Yes, it's a novel for adults. I guess it's still a fairy tale novel, but I might have been happier making it a separate series altogether. But in the end, it did seem to "fit" as one of the FTNs.
Are Fish and Rose in it? Yes.
What was the hardest part about writing the book? Getting the content just right. Figuring out how to tell the story so that I could tell it truthfully but not salaciously. Premarital sex is such a heavy and tragic problem in our culture, mostly because it's almost become a routine sin which many people now treat as basically harmless and forgiveable. Trying to reawake "the sense of sin," in T.S. Eliot's phrase, meant treating it more realistically. I wanted to show the devastation of the sin, how it destroys the innocence of young love. That is, what I feel, that the fairy tale is meant to be about.
What part of this book did you enjoy writing the most? Probably the ending! That's typical for me.
Will guys like this book as much as much as they did the other Fairytale Novels? I hope so! But it's a more sobering book to read. I think that the reader feedback from guys so far says that they appreciate the realism.
What inspired you to write Rapunzel Let Down? Oh, the original fairy tale. I realized that a) most of us don't know what the original fairy tale was really about and b) since most moderns don't think that sex outside of marriage is a sin, the retellings of the story tended to emphasize the twisted mother/daughter relationship (ie: Tangled) while omitting or glossing over the real problem, which has little to do with the witch and everything to do with the prince.
How did you come up with the main characters' names? I picked "Raphaela" since I think it's a lovely name and it sounds a little like "Rapunzel." The prince is Herman, nicknamed "Hermes," who is the Greek god of gamblers and thieves. When you read the story, I think you can see why I picked that archetype for him.
What thoughts do you want your readers to come away once they've finished the book? What lesson do you hope to teach? I never try to teach lessons in my books. That's for nonfiction. Think of the book as a meditation on what happens when the prince fails, on the problem of man and woman: how we hurt one another, let one another down: are people right when they say that heterosexuality is nothing but a trap for the sexes, and that liberation is going to be found someplace else? Or is there an answer to the twisted problems we men and women create for ourselves?
So once again, I think it all comes back to hope.