June 5, 2015

Hey there! It’s Robert Halliwell again. How you been since the last time we chatted? Good I hope.

So, some people have asked me what or who inspires me and my writing.

It’s an interesting and daunting question because I’m inspired by way too many things all at the same time. It can be quite exhausting.

Art, especially music and animation, influences me the most. It could be a song I can’t get out of my head or a Disney character I relate (in unhealthy amount) to.

Us snow queens are a rare breed.

Broadway is another big influence. In fact, the title of my book, A Way Back to Then, is a song from the Broadway show [title of show]. No, really, that’s the name of the show. Go Wikipedia it if you don’t believe me.

See? I told ya.


Now, go YouTube the song A Way Back to Then and you’ll understand why I chose it to be the title of my book.

Good song, right?

My biggest influence for my book is the show (now movie) Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. For those who may are not familiar, it takes all those famous fairy tales we grew up reading and flips them on their heads in a funny, beautiful and even sad way.

A Way Back to Then is just that. What happens AFTER you get the happy ending? Is everything all singing flatware and glass slippers?

As much as I love Disney, often times I wonder what our beloved characters are doing after the credits roll.

(We won’t discuss the awful sequels that have been released over the years, don’t worry. Well, except Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas because it was amazing.)

I took those “What if?” ideas, threw it in a blender and poured out my book.

I just hope it all makes sense.

I’ll be back in little bit so please keep this comments coming in. And please forgive me if it takes me a bit. I’m currently in Disney World right now (yes, seriously) and I’m trying not to get arrested from stalking Gaston.

Wish me luck!


3 Responses to “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”

  1. H.B. says:

    Now I’m extremely intrigued. I mean who doesn’t wonder what happens to characters after they get together and the book just ends?

  2. Susan says:

    I was cynical even as a child and knew the princess would not have a HEA due to the demands of the patriarchy (although it took me a few years to learn that word).

  3. Robert Halliwell says:

    It’s true. That’s why I was always fascinated with Into the Woods and shows like Once Upon a Time. I like twisted versions of things we thought we knew all about.

Leave a Reply