Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spotlighting Deva Fagan's FORTUNE'S FOLLY

Today, I get to spotlight Deva Fagan's FORTUNE'S FOLLY: Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she's tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy-or her father will be put to death. Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn't fallen in love with the prince herself. . . .

Doesn't that sound like a fun and swoony read?

Deva likes searching for patterns, which is how she explains both her degree in mathematics and the echoes of old fairy-tales in her stories. She also loves tea, gardening, and playing the fiddle. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog.

Here are Deva's answers to the Thorough Three:

NM: What is the age of your protagonist/s?

DF: Fortunata is in her late teens.

NM: What is the single, most important bit of advice you'd give to the You that was the same age as your protagonist/s?

DF: I was (am?) a neurotic over-achiever, so my advice would be: "Calm down. Relax. Life isn't ALL about measuring up to other people's standards. Figure out what's really important to you and enjoy each day as much as you can."

NM: Complete the following sentences:

Everyone should definitely, for sure _____________.

You should NEVER, EVER ___________. But if you absolutely must, make sure to ____________.

DF: Everyone should definitely, for sure believe in their power to make their own dreams come true.

You should NEVER, EVER accidentally turn on the wrong burner while trying to make tea in a daze after breaking up with your college boyfriend, thus setting the pan of falafel-frying grease on fire and waking up the entire student apartment complex with the smoke alarm early on a Saturday morning. But if you absolutely must, make sure to tell me so I know I am not the only one who did such a stupid thing.

Ha! I have done many other stupid things involving burners, but alas, that is for another post...

To find out more about Deva and her work, visit her site. To order your copy of Fortune's Folly, go here.

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