Warped hit bookstores yesterday, and my copy is currently winging its way to me from Amazon. This is one of my most anticipated 2011 releases, and I was delighted that Maurissa Guibord was able to drop in for a virtual visit.
Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
Romantic, hormonal chocaholic who thinks she can find happiness on the page.
Can you tell us a little about your book, Warped?
Warped is the story of a girl named Tessa who discovers an ancient unicorn tapestry. One day Tessa pulls a thread from the tapestry and accidentally releases the young nobleman who has been trapped inside for 500 years. Sparky romance and time traveling entanglements ensue…
How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
I was inspired by the art and folklore of the famous “Unicorn tapestries”. The tapestries tell a tale of the hunt for the unicorn and the beautiful maiden that ensnares him. It has always annoyed me the unicorn could only be trapped by a virgin. As in “Yeah, how does the unicorn know???”
Have you learned anything about yourself through your characters?
Yes, how much I like to be in control of things. In control of my destiny, if you will. And how painful it would be to have that taken away.
Is there a message you want readers to come away with after reading the book?
Nope. I just hope to entertain them and have them forget their troubles for a little while in a fun story.
What was the hardest part of writing this story?
Getting all the time sequences right- in other words, making sure I didn’t start the story on a Wednesday, have a week’s worth of events, then have someone say “today’s Friday, right?” That’s the kind of thing you never worry about when you are drafting your story. But it’s hard to fix!
What’s the most gratifying aspect of having your book published?
I guess just having the opportunity to tell a story that’s never been told before. That’s pretty cool.
Who was your biggest supporter while you were working on the book?
I have a wonderful friend, Marissa, who read each chapter- hot and messy off the press. And kept wanting to read more!
That was a huge incentive to keep writing. My husband has been my biggest supporter though- always encouraging, even when I was down about things.
If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. I read this in seventh grade and for some reason- it just sucked me right in. After that I devoured everything.
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
I love old movies, especially Alfred Hitchcock. I also really like to craft things with my hands- paint, crochet, bake pies. Pretty domestic I guess. I save all the fierceness for my writing
Thanks for stopping by, Maurissa!
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