Published by HarperTeen
Published on May 3rd 2016
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As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.
Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
To see Eve’s 4.5 Star review HERE!
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The last line is always my favorite line, so that one is the easiest. The first line, I feel, should come to represent the scope of the book in a symbolic way after the reader is done with it. The pressure is on for that first line, which definitely makes it the hardest!
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Book title comes first, followed by climatic scenes that I play out in my mind to music. From there, the book takes life in linear fashion.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
I’m very particular about names. Dinah, for instance, comes from Alice’s cat from Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to a connection to the text in a very vague way. It also is a really great name and perfectly fits her character. In my current WIP, some names have come easily, while others continue to allude me and I find myself doing a lot of Find/Replace as I write my way through it.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I outline a lot – I write down what needs to happen in each chapter. Other than that, I mostly let the story take on its own arc, and lots of times those chapter outlines end up changing. I believe that while I have a general idea of what needs to happen, the story will pull me in the right direction, like a strong current.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
My HP Stream is my best friend. I am always drinking something when I write, and I love coffee shops, so Starbucks and Caribou, along with a handful of local Denver coffee shops are my best friend. I also have to have music playing to write, so my Skullcandy earbuds are a must.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
I really love Solid Grounds coffee shop in Littleton. Unfortunately, it is a good 45 minute drive from my house, so most of the time I end up at Starbucks. Creama and Ink in Denver are also great places to write.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Whimsical, dark and ambitious.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Buy a condo in Kauai, learn to scuba dive, make a big difference in the life of children.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Probably Mexican food.
What is something you never leave home without?
A book in my purse.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
The Bassoon King, The Kind Worth Killing and Girl at War.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Creative, loving, anti-punctual.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
I love swimming – if there is a pool, I am in it.
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I am oddly good at picking books for people to read. If I wasn’t a writer, I would be a fantastic librarian.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset! Sunrise, blech.
Coffee or Tea?
Hot or Cold?
PC or Mac?
PC, but I would love the opportunity to try a Mac.
By Land, or by sea?
Half-empty or Half-full?
Half-empty. It’s the angsty writer in me.
Autumn or Spring?
Autumn – it’s my favorite season.
Summer or Winter?
Winter before I had a child, Summer now that I do.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
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