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*