5.18.2011

Interview and Giveaway with Maureen McGowan


I would like to welcome Maureen McGowan to BookFlame today!

1. What inspired you to start writing the Twisted Tales series?

I loved the idea of updating classic fairy tales and making them more relevant for modern readers. I wanted to create heroines that girls could see themselves in and cheer for.

2. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I think both of my heroines are determined and like to think that I am, too. I think both Cinderella and Lucette are a lot more naive than I am, or I was at that age, but they’ve both led such sheltered lives—Cinderella trapped by her stepmother’s evil spells, and Lucette, Sleeping Beauty, isolated by her over-protective parents.

3. What character intrigued you the most in Cinderella Ninja Warrior? Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer? And why?

In Cinderella: Ninja Warrior, I was most intrigued by Cinderella. In both my version and the traditional story, Cinderella’s gone through a lot and is badly mistreated, but I didn’t like how she simply took it in the original story, how she didn’t even try to leave. My Cinderella has been trying to escape for years when we meet her and I loved thinking about how strong she’d have to be not to give up.

In Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer I found several of the characters intriguing. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live with a curse like that, or be so jealous and angry to curse a baby, or be the parent of a child with such a terrible thing hanging over her. I also loved the character Alex. I loved how he knows right from wrong, even given… I don’t want to give any spoilers.

4. Do you have any novels in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m just putting the finishing touches on a darker young adult novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world. As far as future project goals, right now I love writing books that can be enjoyed by all ages, and ones that keep the pages turning.

5. If you could co-author a book with any author who would it be?

Interesting question… I’m not sure I’d enjoy being a co-author. The creative process is way too personal for me. But that said, at the moment I’m currently in awe of Carrie Ryan, so I’ll pick her. J

6. When did you first start writing?

I’ve always been writing to one extent or another, but I wrote my first novel (a category romance that will never be published) in 2003. I’ve been writing seriously since then.

7. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Go For It!

8.If you could live in any book which one would it be?

Oh, that’s a hard one. The characters in books are always facing so much conflict and danger. I’m not sure I’d like to live in a book. Funny story, though… when I was a young teen, I was in a community theatre production where I played a young girl who got trapped in a book. That was enough for me.  I’d rather be caught up in a book I can close at any time and put down. One that ends.

9. What is your all time favorite Fairy Tale?

Everyone’s asking me this one and I wish I had a better answer. Truth is, I don’t think I really had a favorite. But I know I didn’t like Cinderella very much. I suppose everyone loves the idea of being dressed up and swept away from her troubles for a night… but so many other elements of the story bothered me. For example, I never found it all that romantic that Prince Charming couldn’t recognize his true love the next day without the help of a shoe.

10. What is the one quote that inspires you above all others?

I’m terrible at remembering quotes… Um… “Never give up! Never surrender!” (From Galaxy Quest. Did I get it right?)

Now on to the giveaway. One lucky winner will win Cinderella Ninja Warrior and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Tales from McGowan's Twisted Tales Series.





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  1. great interview! My favorite fairy tale as a child was rapunzle. I absolutely adored the story.

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  2. My favorite fairytale is Sleeping Beauty.

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  6. My favorite fairy tale was Sleeping Beauty

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  8. I loved them all! But the Wild Swans is and always has been my favorite. :)
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  9. My favorite fairytale was Cinderella :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella.

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  13. I always loved Cinderella!

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  14. My favorite is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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  17. I always loved Cinderella
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  19. Favorite fairy tale as a kid was Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I don't think I had a favorite fairytale as a kid - I loved the Disney versions, though, of A Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.

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  30. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read these books. Tore923@aol.com

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  33. My favorite fairy tale was actually a chinese fairy tale called The Chinese Brothers .. I use to read over and over again. Like most fairy tales it was morbid.

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  34. My Favorite fairy tale was Beauty and the Beast

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  35. My favorite fairytale was Beauty and the Beast.
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  40. My favorite fairytale was and still is Cinderella!
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  43. Cinderella was my favorite.

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  44. My favorite ones have always been sleeping beauty and beauty and the beast. Great giveaway thank you.
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  49. Cinderella was my favorite!

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  54. Beauty and the Beast

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  55. My favorite was Sleeping Beauty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Snow White :)

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  60. My favorite fairy tale when I was a kid was the princess and the pea. I loved that someone who was a light sleeper could be a princess :-)

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  61. Though I grew up with books, I never heard any fairy tales unless they came via Disney. Sleeping Beauty is still one of my favorite movies.
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  63. Cinderella was always my favorite growing up

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  68. Cinderella was my favorite
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  69. Cinderella was also my favorite

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  70. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite although I also really liked Sleeping Beauty. Great interview, I really enjoyed it! I would love to win!

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  71. When I was a kid my favorite fairy tale was Thumbelina.

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  74. My favorite fairytale was Hansel and Gretel:)

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  77. fav fairy tail when i wa sgrowing uop really wa s avery close ties between sleeping Beauty, beaty and the beast and red riding hood tho later when i learned to read i loved grimms tale s alot better lol

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  82. For some reason I really loved Cinderella. Funny thing, I went trick or treating and my shoe fell off going up a flight of stairs. Basically every parent laughed at me.

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  86. The little mermaid!

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  87. Like any girl, I love Cinderella, and also the Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, etc, etc... I loved those stories and their Disney Movies... But my favorite Fairy Tale is The Little Mermaid... Maybe is because I love the Movie, but it is my favorite of all times. So, thank you for the Giveawat and the Interview.

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  88. My favorite fairytale was Snow White! Loved it and still do...

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  91. Ive always been hopelessly in love with beauty and the beast

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  93. My favorite fairytale as child would have to be "The Elves and the Shoemaker".

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  99. Great interview. My favorite fairy tale was anything by the Brother's Grimm.

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  103. My favorite story was (and still is) Alice in Wonderland. Does that count as a fairy tale? If not, then it was Cinderella.
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