From the Ashes Sneak Peek
I love a good Cinderella story, and one of my favorite interpretations is the movie Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore. Her Cinderella is spirited, determined, and capable of taking care of herself, and I wanted the same for my Cinderella.
One day I hit on the idea of making my Cinderella the head of a rebel group, joined by the disguised prince, and I never looked back. The book turned out a little differently from what I'd originally envisioned in that there are more concealed identities than I'd expected, since the prince has no idea what role Lucinda plays. Developing this web of intrigue was fun, and I liked the idea that each character wrongs the other by being misleading about who they are, yet they're not really being misleading at all. Lucinda sees the real Benicio and he sees the real Lucinda, the people who exist once all expectations about their roles are stripped away.