Interview with Hope Tarr, Author of Operation Cinderella

Please welcome the talented and prolific Hope Tarr to the virtual offices today.  Hope is celebrating the release of her new book, Operation Cinderella.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

@HopeTarr can be stubborn but funny; is always earnest, animal-loving, caring, creative, compassionate & innovative. My word is my bond.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Operation Cinderella?

[Hope Tarr] Love to! OPERATION CINDERELLA is the launch to my Suddenly Cinderella Series with Entangled Publishing. In it, New York City magazine editor, goth girl Macie Graham runs afoul of conservative media pundit, Ross Mannon. When Ross decries Macie’s article advocating teen birth control—“Forget the Fairytale: Teen Sex is Fact Not Fiction”— Macie is out for blood and like the Big Bad Wolf she scents a story—a behind the scenes exposé on the “real” Ross Mannon. Making a Cinderella transformation in reverse, she masquerades as “Martha Jane,” Ross’s wholesome live-in housekeeper. Expecting a frog, she finds a prince instead. Can Macie give up “Operation Cinderella” in time to land the Happily Ever After ending she didn’t know she wanted? Hint: it’s a romance. <g>

A winter holiday novella and two more books follow. A SUDDENLY CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL, releasing this month as an Entangled Flirt, integrates elements of Cinderella with the Dickens’ classic. The twist: the heroine is Cinderella and Scrooge! Why should boys get to have all the cranky fun!

PROJECT CINDERELLA (March 2013) takes place on the set of a reality TV show where the makeover contestant hero is the Cinderella character as well as the Ugly Duckling-cum-Swan. His Princess Charming is fashion photographer, Francesca (Ross’s ex in OPERATION CINDERELLA) who badly needs to learn that true beauty comes from within.

In the series finale, THE CINDERELLA CAPER (June 2013), Cinderella is a plus-size Greek American personal chef—readers first meet Stefanie as Macie’s helpful sidekick in OPERATION CINDERELLA—forced to make fat-free meals for her diet-obsessed stepmother and stepsisters. It’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” meets Cinderella.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and characters for the story?

[Hope Tarr] Well, I grew up pretty much eating, breathing and dreaming fairytales so those archetypes and tropes are familiar to me as well as beloved. OPERATION CINDERELLA is more than a story of opposites attracting – it’s a good, old-fashioned battle of the sexes and who among us doesn’t love that? <g>

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Macie?

[Hope Tarr] Bright, ballsy & brave. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Ross had a theme song, what would it be?

[Hope Tarr] “The Dance” by Garth Brooks.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Macie won’t leave the house without.

[Hope Tarr] Her shoes. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Ross’s bedroom?

[Hope Tarr] A cat, a video camera, a flogger. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Hope Tarr] Amazing writers and the inspiration I find through travel, especially the conversations I have with both fellow travelers and those who reside in the places I visit. Everyone, absolutely everyone, has a story, a behind-the-scenes. Real life trumps fiction every time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Hope Tarr] My laptop, the Internet (for quick fact finding/checking) and a decently comfortable seat. Throw in coffee and wine at appropriate intervals and I’m a happy camper. Smile

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book you read that knocked your socks off?

[Hope Tarr] OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you onto reading, which would it be?

[Hope Tarr] THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Hope Tarr] Taking a long run on a gorgeous day is living large so far as I’m concerned. I also love seeing films and going to the theater. Going out for a few glasses of good wine and a simple but nice meal during the week is essential to my sanity. Reading, of course, both fiction and nonfiction, although like many writers I don’t get in nearly as much pleasure reading as I’d like—occupational hazard, I suppose. Hanging out with my boyfriend and cats doing nothing is another sanity saver.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Hope Tarr] Readers can find me at www.HopeTarr.com, www.BeerGardensNYC.com (yes, really!) and www.LadyJaneSalonNYC.com as well as on Facebook (http://www.Facebook/HopeC.Tarr) and Twitter (@HopeTarr).

Thanks so much for having me, Julie!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Operation Cinderella from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below.  You can read an excerpt here.

About the book:

Magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she needs dirt on smokin’ hot radio personality Ross Mannon. After he trashes one of her articles, she goes undercover to get revenge on the infuriating Texan.

Ross wants a housekeeper and role model for his teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved. What he didn’t expect was an attraction to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing employee.

“Operation Cinderella” was a foolproof plan, but Ross proves he’s as perfect behind-the-scenes as he is in public—until Macie uncovers a secret that could destroy his reputation. Should she chance losing her job or the fairy-tale ending she didn’t even know she wanted?