Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fairy Tale Hop, The Little Mermaid, and Anna Banks

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop 
is hosted by 

The following interview did not happen. It is a figment of the blogger’s imagination from pieces of real correspondence (yes, I refer to myself in 3rd person on occasion). In the interest of being painfully honest, the following color-coding will clarify… black is the blogger, and reality vs. imagination is nearly impossible to differentiate. Actual quotes from Anna Banks will be in blue. Spurts of Oddness will be in red. Don’t believe anything in red.

As soon as I realized this was a very specific Giveaway with specific detailed rules, I wanted to interview Anna Banks. Not just because she snorts coconut slushies, although, that has great appeal, but because she wrote a story with mermaids. And The Little Mermaid is my favorite fairytale.

This may date me, but my first experience with mermaids was not Disney. It was (*gasp*) Hans Christian Anderson, whose mermaid turns into foam having failed to win the prince’s love. (What does that mean that I prefer a sad ending?!) (Wait... you're thinking that I was born in the 1800's now, aren't you?  I just mean pre-Disney's version. Sheesh!)

Anna kindly dressed up in a mermaid outfit with a pair of coconut boobs and came over to my house, where we discussed cool release party ideas. (That was a test... are you following my color-coding?! See above!!) And had the following conversation:

I think you were very brave to write a Young Adult book with… well, they aren’t “mermaids”, what do you call them?

Syrena - it's the Polish word for mermaid. Don't tell Galen.

Ok. Next time you come over, do bring him so I can try not to tell him!!  So... where did you get the idea  for writing about them, anyway?

I got the idea to write about mermaids from an article I read which outlined how they'd discovered that the colossal squid--that ginormous thing you see with its tentacles wrapped around ships in old drawings--actually does exist. All this time, as late as 2005, they thought the colossal squid was just fishermen's lore.  I thought, What ELSE could be out there? Mermaids? Sasquatch? (I believe in Sasquatch, BTW).

bigfootWait... NO WAY!!  I believe in the Sasquatch, TOO!!! We're like, twins or something!!

What?! Sasquatch is real. I watch Finding Bigfoot. He's effing out there.

Seriously!!  I know!  (My husband's seen him, I think.)

I really enjoyed reading your book, Of Poseidon, and I was wondering what's next 'cause it got pretty exciting right at the end, where the story suddenly stops.

There will be a sequel, tentatively called Of Triton. Unfortunately, Galen dies. Or does he???? Mwahahahahaha! (Payback for my chili dog! I mean, it was a foot long!).

Hahahaha  Wait! You like foot long chili dogs?!  (This makes more sense if you see Snorting Slushies.)

Usually, it's salad and fat free dressing, mkay? And you know, sliced strawberries or something.

Oh, ok.  That's what I normally eat, too. Yea.

You really must bring Galen next time. Does he have any say about what happens in this book?!

Galen's visiting Danny @ Bewitched Bookworms with Toraf right now. On the real Tour.

Oh. Well. Okidoki!!

I'd like to give away a pre-order copy of... of... Of Poseidon... Hey, do you ever get hung up on the Of's?!

Yes, I stumble over all the "of"s. I can't tweet anything with the title in it until I've had coffee. Next time, no prepositions in the title. (Well, there's Of Triton, but none after that).

I think everyone should pause for coffee before tweeting. Definitely. Of Triton sounds so cool... when does that come out?!


Um... Anna?  We're having an interview, aren't we?

An interview like, today?  I can't! I have no less than 26 interviews to get done as of this second. And not with you!!

So... what was all this?  Seriously, where am I?!?!  And what just happened?!


So, I have a vivid imagination!!  So, what?!

Hey, you want some swag for a giveaway? I got bookmarks and Ohmysweetgoodness magnets....:)

Really?!  YAY!!    I mean yes!  YES-YES-YES!!  Thank you!!

Available to win for this giveaway:

A pre-order of... Of Poseidon or another book with mermaids and swag from Anna Banks!!!

Of Poseidon

See all my giveaway rules under About Me which include "must be 13", "no one's liable" and fun stuff like that.

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  1. OoOO Thanks for the link, I was so sssssuper excited to interview Galen and Toraf, those two boys were so much fun and the Interview was phenomena! :)))))

    Your Interview made me crack up and .. I am a huuuge fangirl of Anna. She's amazing and I love her :))

    1. She is amazing & so funny.

      I totally love your interview, especially when the two boys start arguing with each other. :-D

  2. You're so funny! I have actually never read a mermaid book and I remember when I first started reading YA I wanted to try to find a mermaid book but all of my snooping around came up that there weren't any "good" mermaid YA books. Not so much anymore! I've seen some really great reviews for this and I'm super excited to finally get to read about mermaids in YA! :)

    Thanks for the giveawayyyy ;)

    1. Yea... me, too!! I like this one!! :-D And the author's not so bad herself!

  3. What a riot! Love that interview! This book sounds good.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  4. Love the interview, thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  5. Too funny. I read the first few chapters of Anna's book as a critique partner way back when. She was an awesome writer even before her agent snagged her and the rest is history. No, her-story. I really want to win her whole book. Woot!

    1. Oh, how cool is that?! since she's so very snarky all over her website, I was wondering how much "help" she had toning down for her book - and you would know!!!

  6. Interesting interview, hope I'll have a chance to read this amazing book. Thanks. :)

  7. That was such a fascinating and interesting interview, I really enjoyed reading it. I've always loved books about mermaids and under-the-water tales. It's always been really fascinating for me. I really enjoyed getting the chance to read and review an ARC of Of Poseidon, but I would definitely love to own my own copy and have a little bit of fantastic swag, thank you so much for hosting such an awesome giveaway! :)

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  8. Oh I want to hug her so much. I'm from Polad and seeing polish word here made me cmile like crazy. Little mermaid in polish is "Mała syrenka" btw! Just random fact.
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  9. Very beautiful post! Thank you for the giveaway,

  10. Great post! Thanks for the giveaway! I am participating in the hop as well (#27 ~ Fairday's Blog!) Have a great night : ) ~ Jess

  11. What a fun interview! I have not read a story about mermaids (er, Syrena) yet. This sounds like a great story. Thank you for the opportunity to read it. :)

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