Asleep Sneak Peek
Asleep is a decidedly less-than-traditional take on the sleeping beauty tale. I deliberately flipped the roles, so that it's the prince who's "sleeping" and the princess who must rescue him. I also wanted the prince to be a complete character in his own right rather than an object for the princess to save, so the question was how to achieve this while he was sleeping. Somehow, I didn't think readers would be all that interested in a hundred or more pages of the letter "z" by way of the prince's character development.
In the end, I did away with the spindle and spinning wheel and went with a semi-conscious Dev. This enabled me to show what was going on in the tower where he's being held captive while also giving me the means to tell the back story of his love affair with Jess through his dreams.
I'll confess it: I'm extremely fond of Dev--and his brother, Tanvir, isn't half bad either. I love Dev's and Jess's love story, and I hope you will too. If you're looking for an entirely fresh take on this particular fairy tale, look no further.