The two share nothing in common. Except their reflection.
Anastasia "Ana" Ward has lived in a gilded cage her whole life. Valerie "Val" Price has worked for everything she owns and never has enough. When the two meet at ballet class, they decide to temporarily switch places. But what happens when one wants to keep her new life?
Envious is a thriller retelling of both Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, Swan Lake, and Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper where sibling rivalry takes a dangerous turn.
Envious is the standalone fourth book in the Fearful Fairytales series, a collection of contemporary fairytale retellings without magic.
I grew up with some family members who love the ballet. In addition to them introducing me to Tchaikovsky’s ballet, I also loved 2 movies based on the same story: the 1994 musical film The Swan Princess (created by a former animator at Disney in a bid to compete with the House of Mouse) and the 2003 film Barbie of Swan Lake which is a non-musical film that uses Tchaikovsky’s score. Both films very quickly became childhood favorites of mine—the only non-Disney films to become so.
It then comes as no surprise that I’d eventually want to write this story. And the 2010 Black Swan film only reminded of my desire to tell a story of twin sisters separated at birth.