Carolyn Turgeon is AWESOME. I *LOVED* her unique takes on CINDERELLA and THE LITTLE MERMAID in her novels GODMOTHER and MERMAID. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of RAIN VILLAGE and her upcoming YA Debut, THE NEXT FULL MOON.
Not only do I love her writing, but Carolyn herself is one awesome lady. When I asked her to participate in Fairy Tale Fortnight, she not only agreed to an interview, but also a giveaway! Bookworms, you have a chance to win an autographed copy of MERMAID! Three chances, actually. Carolyn is super-generous and giving away copies to THREE lucky winners. And there are Mermaid tattoos. Did I mention the mermaid tattoos?
6) Which of the books you've written is your favorite so far? What makes it the most special to you?
Hmmm. I think that would always tend to be the latest one. Right now I’m very excited about THE NEXT FULL MOON and writing for this younger age group. I found it surprisingly easy to write as a twelve-year-old, which is possibly a little worrisome, and was able to draw on my own memories and experiences more than I have for any other book. Like the characters all go to the lake in their town, where there’s an old carousel and people sell lemonade and they can all go swimming or lie out on the beach. And I was just directly describing the lake my friends and I used to go to in East Lansing, Michigan, where I lived from when I was twelve to fourteen, and I hadn’t thought about that lake in years. We moved around a lot when I was growing up, and so I’m really distanced from some of those memories and places. It was kind of nostalgic and wonderful, writing that book and slipping into those memories and this old self. Also, I have to say, I think the trauma and awkwardness of being twelve mixes really well with the fairy tale elements in the book, and I like the idea that something magical is happening to you as you hit puberty and you just have to figure that out.
The Book Rat and Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing are both hosting the interview in its entirety on their respective blogs (click their names for access!). I loved seeing how Carolyn initially decided to fracture GODMOTHER the way she did, what drew her to THE LITTLE MERMAID, and, of course, a look at what's next!
Carolyn, thank you again for a great interview and this amazing giveaway opportunity. I can't wait to delve into more of your work and hope everyone else will love you as much as I do!