{Interview/Giveaway} MISTRESS OF THE WIND by Michelle Diener

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An interview with 
Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

What made you choose to re-interpret East of the Sun, West of the Moon (One of my favorite fairy tales!)?

I am glad to be in touch with a fellow East of the Sun, West of the Moon fan! I really love this tale and it just felt like the natural thing to do to write a retelling. I think the most appealing things about it are its depth and its adventure.

Are you considering re-inventing more fairy tales in the future?

Yes, I have a story coming out in Spring 2014 loosely based on the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill. It's called THE GOLDEN APPLE, and I give readers a sneak peek of it at the end of MISTRESS OF THE WIND.

What was the hardest scene/element to write in MISTRESS OF THE WIND? The easiest?

Definitely the hardest was working on a way to give Astrid, my heroine, a good reason to go against Bjorn's wishes to see him as a man. It has to happen, it is part of the story, but creating the conditions for her to do so in a way that didn't show her to be careless of what would happen to him was challenging.

The easiest scenes were between Astrid and the troll princess. I'm not sure if it is because I had such a clear idea of who each of them were and their motivations, but I loved writing those scenes and they came easily to me.

Will MISTRESS THE WIND be historical fantasy, or are you stepping away from your historical fiction roots this time around?

This is definitely pure fantasy. I love historicals, and will continue to write them, but I strongly feel the same world-building skills I use for my historical novels are a perfect fit for fantasy, and I've always wanted to have both genres in my life. Now I have :)

What are your favorite fairy tales?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is right up there. Tales that explore the world in a symbolic and interesting way really intrigue me.

Thank you so much, Michelle! 
I'm so excited to read a new East of the Sun, West of the Moon retelling...especially one in a different genre than the three YAs I've previously read.
I'm hoping to see you back here this spring for Fairy Tale Fortnight!
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Michelle Diener
Release Date: Dec. 19. 2013
Publisher: Michelle Diener

Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . .

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . .

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response

.It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . .

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Praise for Mistress of the Wind:

“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ ~Flashlight Commentary

“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ ~Book Bird Reviews

Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story. ~Paperback Wonderland 


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10 copies of Mistress of the Wind, Kindle or print, winner's choice.
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