Monday, November 4, 2013

Anna Staniszewski and A Giveaway!



I'm super excited to have the talented Anna Staniszewski here on the blog! Her third book, My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending releases tomorow. *cues applause* And to commemorate this special day, I've composed a list of fairy tale related questions as well as a giveaway(if you like cute necklaces, hang around 'til the end of the post...).

What's your favorite fairy tale?
The one I keep coming back to is "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" which is an amazing tale in which the heroine has to go on a journey to rescue her prince. (I think that tale was very much in my mind when I started writing the UnFairy Tale series.)

In a throw-down between wicked step-mothers, who would win- Cinderella's or Snow White's?
Ooh, great question! I think it might have to be Snow White's. She's evil and very crafty, which means she's unpredictable and incredibly dangerous.

Which fairy tale would you least like to find yourself deposited in?
Hansel and Gretel would be my worst nightmare. I'm a total candy addict so there's no way I could resist the pull of the delicious candy house. I'd get eaten by a witch for sure!

What's your favorite fairy tale adaption by an author?
There are so many fairy tale retellings that I absolutely love, but I think Ella Enchanted might be my favorite. I love how it stays true to the tale while also giving it a life completely of its own, and how it weaves humor and believable romance.

Magical creatures are quite often found in fairy tales(yay!). What's your favorite and why?
I've always been intrigued by mermaids because they're beautiful and mysterious, but they can also lure humans into the ocean which makes them somewhat frightening.

In your opinion, who's the most handsome Disney prince(this one is SO important! ;)) ?
Ha! To be honest, they all kind of look the same to me, but I guess it would have to be Prince Charming.

 
Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their black Labrador, Emma.
 
When she's not writing, Anna spends her time teaching, reading, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of My Very UnFairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending, all published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the first book in Anna's next tween series, The Dirty Diary, in January 2014, and visit her at www.annastan.com
 
And as for the giveaway, one lucky commenter will receive this scrabble tile necklace:
 
 
When I saw it I thought it went perfectly w/My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending, as the cover features a ferris wheel, too. The giveaway will be live for three days, from 11/4- 11/6, w/the winner announced on 11/7. If you comment, it'd be nice if you also headed over to Goodreads and marked MSofFTE as 'want to read' or signed up to follow Anna's blog/newsletter/Twitter. Course, as always, I'll just be going by the honor system here. =)
 
And feel free in the comments to let me know who your favorite prince is or if you like to ride ferris wheels or not. I like Flynn Rider from Tangled(though he isn't a prince until after he marries the princess...) and though ferris wheels give me wobbly feelings in the tummy, the views are pretty spectacular when you're on one.
 
So a great big huge thank you to Anna for answering my questions and on the release of My Sort of Fairy Tale Ending! I hope it's a fantastic day for you! *confetti and trumpets blaring*  
 

37 comments:

  1. Great interview. Congrats to Anna on the book release!
    Love all of the colors on that ferris wheel - so pretty.
    I'd have to agree with you and choose Flynn Rider - he sure has a lot of personality.

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    1. I love the part where he says 'you broke my smolder' or something like that. =)

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  2. I love this book!! (I was lucky enough to get an advance copy to review.) I think everyone should read this entire series, because it's so much fun!! And the necklace is absolutely perfect!!

    I also love Flynn Ryder. Although I still have a soft spot in my heart for Prince Philip (from Sleeping Beauty), so I guess it's a tie for me. :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to picking it up in B&N(my fav bookstore in the entire world!). Hmm, I need a refresher on what Prince Philip looks like! =)

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  3. How fun. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the heads up.

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  4. i love the cover of your book! I've always been partial to Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid. I thought he was a hottie.

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    1. If I didn't pick Flynn, I would have went w/Eric next- those dark good looks, mmm! =D

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  5. Thanks for the intro to Anna! It's always great to learn more about other writers. :)

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    1. Yup, it sure is! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. All of these answers are so fun! And that cover is adorable! <3

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    1. It totally is- it makes me want to go buy one of those little garden gnomes. =D

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  7. Congrats to Anna! I agree that all the princes do kind of look the same. lol I think I'm partial to Erik from The Little Mermaid though.

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    1. If you mean the same by them all being tall and broad-shouldered with slim hips and sculpted faces- then, yup, this is true! Lol!

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  8. Can I stray and say Westley from Princess Bride? I guess he's not technically a prince (you know, being a poor farm boy), but anyone who replies to their true love with "As you wish," has my vote.

    Cool interview!

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    1. Ooh, yes, Wesley! I had such a crush on him when I was a kid. =)

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  9. Very cute cover, Anna! The book looks sweet, and I LOVE Beauty and the Beast.

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    1. That is a fav of mine too! My fav fairy tale retelling is Robin McKinley's Beauty. So good!

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  10. I agree... Snow White's mom is just pure evil!!
    It's an adorable cover! And sounds super cute as well! Big congrats to Anna!

    Hmmm fave prince? I'll say Char from Ella Enchanted

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    1. I've actually not read Ella Enchanted. *ducks rotten tomatoes* I really should remedy that!

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  11. Anna is a class-act. Her trilogy is a delight.

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  12. I find that quite interesting. I am an archetypal literary critic and I use fairy tales as a significant tool in my teaching and lecturing pursuits. Congrats, Anna!

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    1. A lecture involving fairy tales? Now those don't sound like a drag to attend. ;)

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  13. I prefer roller coasters over ferris wheels :)
    Also I like the prince in Cass's The Selection.

    cfsresearcher.cg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Roller coasters scare the crap out of me, lol! When I was a teen I used to suck it up and ride them b/c everyone else was, but now that I'm almost the ripe ol' age of 30 I think my time spending 2 minutes feeling like I'm dying is done! =D

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  14. Leandra ... I LOVE how you do this! I'm sad I missed the contest, but I will weigh in on the favorite Disney Prince:I, too, have to go with Flynn Rider. And now that my kids are grown, I will never set foot on a ferris wheel again. Not only do they give me a "wobbly feeling" in my stomach, but I also get the feeling that I will throw myself over the safety bar to my death. Really tall buildings have the same effect. I can never look through the observation binoculars. They are too close to the edge, and no one can peel me away from the side of the building to take a look. No one. I guess I have a "heights" issue. (Love your last reply: "I think my time spending 2 minutes feeling like I'm dying is done!" I AGREE!)

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    1. I was out w/some friends back in my teenage days, and we nipped it to check out a hotel in downtown Indianapolis. It was one of those where the inside is completely open, and each floor is surrounded by a railing that looks down onto the floor of the hotel. My friends's boyfried picked her up and held her over the railing- like fifteen floors up! I about had a heart attack!!! It sitll makes me queasy even just thinking about it!

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    2. Yikes...there's like four typos in that! Lol!

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  15. This is a great interview, Leandra and Anna! Can't wait to read the book! = )

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    1. Hello Leandra,

      I enjoy looking at your blog. It is quite diverse in topics. I especially like the Halloween Recipe. I have a five-year old. I know he'll like it! Also, thank you for your thoughts about my question on scbwi.

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    2. You're welcome, and thanks for visiting!

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