Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Interview and Giveaway - The Fairytale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo

The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the QueenThe Fairytale Keeper
Avenging the Queen
by Andrea Cefalo
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Scarlet Primrose Press

Premise: Ganked from Goodreads:

Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.

I am so happy to welcome Andrea Cefalo to Colorimetry!!  I love this cover and the premise sounds like a break-away from the fairytale, which has me totally intrigued. Plus there's that hint of darkness:  "unforgivable atrocity"?  *shiver*

What draws you to fairytales?  What do you like about them?

Fairytales were a big part of my childhood. Snow White was the first movie that I remember seeing in a theatre.  I’ve seen every Disney version of Grimm’s tales: Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. So, in a way, they are nostalgic, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to the history of these tales and the actual darkness of the real Grimm’s fairy tales that I was truly enamored.

There are some creepy additions to the original tales we don't see so often. What a great place to write from!!

What inspired your book, The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen?

The idea came to me during a children’s literature class. We were comparing fairy tales across cultures and the professor said that nearly all cultures had a Cinderella story.  If that’s true, then either the real Cinderella lived thousands of years ago or there is just something so compelling about such a story that most cultures created their own.  My story works on the first assumption: What if all Grimm’s fairy tales originated with one person? 

Oooh, fun!! I've wondered about who originated the tales and how they grew, but I never considered one person behind all of 'em!

What is your favorite scene or character?

I love all my characters.  The readers of my book are going to hate it when I say that I really like Galadriel.  Not so much because of the things she does.  She does some pretty horrible things, but she is so complex.  It makes it fun to write her.

If I was to share my favorite scene in the book, it would be a HUGE spoiler. 

Yea, no spoilers!!  Lol. Galadriel is not nice, then, I take it?  Hmmmm...  one to love hating, maybe?

Can you share something personal about you?

I love dogs.  I am an absolute sucker for a wagging tale and puppy eyes.  My husband has to keep me away from the humane societies.  If he didn’t, we’d probably have a dozen dogs.

How funny. Dogs, hey?  I see you didn't admit how many you have, yet!!  Don't worry... you'll have too many soon enough.  :-D
About the Author:

Andrea Cefalo is a bit of a roamer, growing up in New Hampshire, Maryland, and South Carolina, though the bulk of her family lives in Maine. She dreamed of a career in art restoration, but somehow ended up becoming a grade school teacher before realizing she really wanted to be a writer. She taught for three years and then decided to finish The Fairytale Keeper series and pursue her new found ambition. Andrea lives with her husband and two border collies in Greenville, South Carolina, which she calls home, at least for now.

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