BONDED: Author Interview + Cinderella Giveaway

Posted on: 2nd Nov 2012  /   Categorized: Blog Tours

Today I’m celebrating the launch of BONDED—a collection of three fairy-tale inspired novellas from the incredibly sweet Michelle Davidson Argyle.

That’s right, three fairy tales! Retelling lovers, take note.

I first became aware of Michelle and her writing over a year ago when I would look up something on Cinder’s Amazon page and end up on a different book’s page instead: Michelle’s Cinderella sequel “CINDERS.” Then Michelle came out to one of my signings and said the same thing kept happening to her and we, well… bonded.

“CINDERS” is now one of the stories included in BONDED, along with two brand new novellas.

The book came out yesterday and I’m thrilled that Michelle agreed to be interviewed here as a part of her book launch blog tour!

1. I absolutely love the premise behind your BONDED collection of fairy-tale-based stories, and how it ties together one prequel, one retelling, and one sequel. How did you choose which fairy tales to include in the collection and which parts of the stories to (re)tell?

I came up with the idea for CINDERS after watching a trailer for Disney’s Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. I thought, huh, what kind of story would I tell about Cinderella after her happily-ever-after? CINDERS was planned as a single standalone novella, which I self-published in 2010 (later, it was picked up by my current publisher for BONDED). After the successful debut of CINDERS, I decided to write two more fairy tale inspired novellas, and started digging around for ideas. For the second novella, I decided on one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes. Not many people know of this fairy tale, so I thought it would be a fun one to retell. I ended up weaving it into the same world of CINDERS. I titled it THIRDS. I decided the only conclusion after a retelling was to write a prequel, so I had to figure out what would work best for the world I had already built, and what would inspire me most. I ended up choosing one of my husband’s favorite fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, and decided to tell the story of the evil sorceress and how she came into being. I thought focusing on a different POV would give me a lot to play with and twist the story in unexpected ways. I was right! SCALES was the most difficult, but fun novella of the three to write.

2. What are some of your favorite retellings or spins on fairy tales?

I have to admit that yours is one of them! CINDER was so fresh and unique that I had a lot of fun reading it. Honestly, though, I haven’t read a whole lot of fairy tale stories. The past few years, as I was writing my three novellas, I tried to stay away from fairy tale books, movies, and television shows so I wouldn’t be influenced by them. Yes, I’m one of those writers who doesn’t read in the genre I’m writing (when I’m drafting and revising, at least). I tend to get burned out or swayed into going certain directions with my writing. Now that I’m no longer working on fairy tale stories, I’m really looking forward to Disney’s Maleficent movie coming out in 2014. Ever After is one of my all-time favorite movies based on a fairy tale, and I’m wanting to read Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl soon.

3. Who would you choose: The prince from Cinderella or the prince from Sleeping Beauty?

I think, looking at fairy tales in general, I would choose the prince from Sleeping Beauty because of how he braves his way through a thorny forest with a sword (I’m partial to sword-wielding princes …)

4. What do you love most about being a writer?

What I love most is the creation process. I took a 5-year break from writing after college because I was so burned out. By the end of that time frame, I was going nuts because I was so starved to create something … anything. That’s when I finally started writing again. I haven’t stopped since.

5. In addition to BONDED, I know you’re also working on a series of contemporary novels. Can you tell us a bit about THE BREAKAWAY?

Here’s the idea in a nutshell: When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, her plan for escape is to convince one of her captors she is falling in love with him.

The Breakaway has captured a lot of interest with a specific group of readers, it seems. I had no idea there were so many readers out there who love kidnapping stories! So The Breakaway has done really well. When it was released in May, I started getting emails and messages about a sequel. I received so many that I seriously thought about writing the rest of the story. I hadn’t considered it before because I honestly didn’t think anyone would want to read the rest of the story, so I was setting my sights on other projects instead. I was wrong! I wrote the sequel, titled Pieces, and recently signed it with my publisher. It will be released February 2013. Getting it written, revised, edited, etc. in time for the release date has been really crazy, but I’m happy I decided to write the sequel. I’m super excited for its release!

The Innocent Flower

That makes two of us, Michelle! Thank you so much for coming on the blog and answering my questions.

In celebration of the BONDED launch, I’m giving away a Cinderella prize pack with an ARC of BONDED and a UK (paperback) edition of CINDER!

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  1. Mime commented on:

    Oh, I love giveaways. Bonded looks really cool. I adore fairy-tale remixes–probably why I loved Cinder so much (and dystopian! Gotta love dystopian!) 🙂 I’ve never heard the story One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes. Sounds interesting, though! 🙂

  2. Loie commented on:

    Ohhh Cinders sounds great – I would love to read of Cinderella with her hubby haha. It sounds like it will be a good read for sure!

  3. Laura Hartness commented on:

    Cinderella is usually my favorite, but I must say that the Sleeping Beauty prequel sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to read the whole book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Michelle Rotteau commented on:

    I am most interested in reading Thirds because it is a story i have not read (I think) I will have to go back to my Lang books and check.

  5. Kelley commented on:

    Oh, what a great story! And interesting that you’ve got Cinder and she’s got Cinders. 🙂

    I think I’m most interested in reading Scales. Gosh, but really I want to read all three!

  6. Ellie M commented on:

    They all seem so interesting, but I’m leaning towards Cinders! 🙂

  7. Kim Miner commented on:

    I’m really interested in reading “Thirds” because I love takes on more obscure fairy tales. What an exciting collection!

    I think I would choose Sleeping Beauty’s Prince too. Cinderella’s Prince (at least in the Disney version) does nothing. He even sends a guy out with the shoe!

  8. Ann Sheiring commented on:

    These novellas sound great, I am looking forward to One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes. I am not familiar with this story, so it is really intriguing. I always like a retelling of a fairy tale because authors get so creative putting their own spin on a classic.

  9. Cyn commented on:

    I’m interested in reading the 2nd story! Just because it’s not as well known, I’ve very curious as to how the re-telling will go! I also love that SCALES is from the POV of the evil sorceress!

  10. Jordan E. commented on:

    I like the sound of Scales, Maleficent has always been my favorite villain, though I love reading something totally unfamiliar, and Thirds sounds like that kind of story.

  11. Michelle Davidson Argyle commented on:

    Thank you so, so much for hosting me, Marissa! And thank you to everyone participating with your comments and entries!

  12. Lisaa commented on:

    Scales sounds like it’d be really exiting to read!! I loved Sleeping Beauty when I was a kid (and I may have watched it oh about a hundred time since then -___-) Thanks so much!! 😀

  13. Suzanne Hill commented on:

    Cinders, I love Cinderella!

  14. Bookmouse commented on:

    This sounds really interesting, I can’t wait for the book to come out (or maybe I’ll win it)! After being drawn to Cinder my curiosity has been aroused as to how other authors portray classic, and not so classic, fairy tales.

  15. Bookmouse commented on:

    Oh, I guess I was supposed to list which story I wanted to read most. Hm…I think I am looking forward to reading them all. Each will be unique and exiting, for they all have a different role (sequel etc.), different twist (antagonist POV etc), and a different fairy tale (Cinderella etc).

  16. Kaitlyn commented on:

    Cinders – I love Cinderella! It’s always been one of my favorite fairytales. It’s a classic! 🙂

  17. Jhonny commented on:

    The “One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes” retelling excites me the most. It is the only Grimm fairy tale where the middle child is the hero.

    Since a lot of people do not seem to know what it is about, I will post here. A witch has three daughters: One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes. Two-Eyes, the middle daughter, is mistreated by her mother and sisters, out of jealousy for her beauty. Eventually, they decide to starve her to death. Fortunately, a fairy and a magic goat feed her in secret. When the sisters find out, they murder the goat, but they fairy warns Two-Eyes to bury the remains. A magic tree grows out of the grave producing golden apples. A prince encounters it, and offers to reward whoever can give him one of the apples. Naturally, the tree only allows Two-Eyes to take the apple, and he makes her his Queen.

    There is at least one modern retelling of the story where One-Eye and Three-Eyes are normal girls: One-Eye merely hides one of her eyes under her hair and Three-Eyes get her name because she uses a monocle.

  18. Jenny commented on:

    Sounds amazing! I’m super excited to read all of them, though I must admit, I’m looking forward to SCALES the most, what with my love for Sleeping Beauty. I’ve never heard of the fairytale behind thirds, but it sounds intriguing! Congratulations Michelle!

  19. Shelver506 commented on:

    Oh gosh. I do love learning how baddies get the way they are, but I don’t think I’ve ever read the tale that THIRDS is based off of, and I love new material.

  20. Danielle D commented on:

    I’m looking foward to SCALES, reading about Maleficent sounds like it would be fun

  21. Joie commented on:

    I haven’ heard the fairy tale behind Thirds so I’m super excited to read that retelling!

  22. Sarah commented on:

    I think I am most looking forward to reading “Thirds.” I have never heard of that fairy tale and I am looking forward to reading a new one!

  23. Sabrina Beilharz commented on:

    I’m most looking forward to the sleeping beauty story. It’s always been my favorite

  24. Lauren M. Barrett commented on:

    I’m all about the fairytales. Mythology buff I am. I’m always into a Sleeping Beauty retelling, but I’m so delightfully surprised that Michelle did One Eyes, Two Eyes, Three Eyes! That is NEVER retold.

  25. jen commented on:

    I think I am most interested in reading Thirds, since I do not know of the fairytale it goes along with!

  26. Sarah Davey commented on:

    I’m most looking forward to Cinders, Cinderella is my favorite fairy tail definatly time for a new twist, addition!!

  27. Valette M. commented on:

    Oooooh! I want this!

  28. Jackie commented on:

    This book has been in my tbr pile for a while and I was super excited when you announced a giveaway for this book! They are all super interesting but I’m really looking forward to Cinders the most!

  29. Paula Richey commented on:

    They all sound really good! But I’m the most intrigued by One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes. In the fairy tale the eyes are just sort of glossed over – there’s no explanation why one girl has three eyes! So I wonder if that mystery is solved 😉

  30. Aisazia commented on:

    Scales since it sounds the most interesting. I think it’s the Little Mermaid story, right? Er, well that’s what I think from the sound of the title. XD But I love the sound of them all!

  31. Aisazia commented on:

    Whoops, it’s Sleeping Beauty, sorry just read the description. Still interested in it for sure! 😀

  32. Lily commented on:

    I would want to read the retelling of one eye, two eyes and three eyes because its new but it doesn’t sound like a fairytale so I’m hoping for a twist and a bolt, ya’know.

  33. Briana N commented on:

    The books sound like great reads. Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

  34. Sarah commented on:

    I am most excited to read the novella based on One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes. I have never heard of that fairy tale, so I am looking forward to reading a new one!

  35. Your Name commented on:

    I love fairy tale retellings! I am most excited to read Cinders.

  36. jennifer l. commented on:

    i think i would most like scales. sleeping beauty is my all time favortie disney movie and maleficent is my all time favorite villain. so it would cool to read about.

  37. Liz DeJesus commented on:

    Yey! Another book to add to my read pile! 😀

  38. haley w commented on:

    Honestly, I’m most excited about reading SCALES. The retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale from Maleficent’s POV sounds (pardon my French) kick-ass! I guess my black heart recognizes a kinship with the villains. 🙂
    Thanks Marissa for exposing Michelle’s work to the lot of us! I can’t wait to add the novella to my to-be-read pile!!

  39. Penny Yoke commented on:

    I am the most excited for the Sleeping Beauty retelling, although Cinderella is my favorite fairytale but it’s retold so many times. And I’ve never heard of the many eyes fairytale…

  40. Sam commented on:

    I am most excited to read Scales because Sleeping Beauty is not retold very often.

  41. Sam commented on:

    Sleeping Beauty! Indubitably!!

  42. Katie commented on:

    I think I most look forward to reading THIRDS because it am not familiar with the story , and am super interested in reading it!

  43. Jessica @ Book Sake commented on:

    SCALES is my pick – I love seeing things from an unexpected POV!

  44. Alie commented on:

    I can not wait to read Cinders and Scales! Cinders because I love the Cinderella stories and fantasies. Scales because I think it is such a cool and exciting twist to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty through the eyes of the Evil Queen! I can’t wait to read them!

  45. Jenn commented on:

    Cinders and Scales both sound amazing!

  46. Valia commented on:

    Idk i I can pick just one! They all sound great! But I love Sleeping Beauty so I’ll vote for that one! 🙂

  47. Rachel S (@rachelcabbit) commented on:

    Thirds sounds interesting. I don’t think I have come across that tale before… 😀 Though Scales is probably the one I look forward to the most!

  48. Karen commented on:

    I’m really excited to read Cinders!
    The fairy tale always ends when she meets are prince and they get married. But everyone knows that life isn’t perfect and butterflies after that point so I really want to know her spin on what happens next!

  49. Becca @ Lost in Thought commented on:

    Scales sounds great. My favourite fairy tale/ disneyfied tale is Sleeping Beauty. I also love Cinderella as it is magical but reading a story from the evil sorceress’ POV sounds sooo good. I’m really enjoying fairytale retellings at the moment (Cinder being my favourite!) and I also can’t wait to get my hands on Philip Pullman’s Grimms Fairy Tales book. So right now I’m loving all things fairytale-ish and this giveaway is amazing.

  50. Megan P commented on:

    I’m excited to read the Cinderella one, it sounds the most interesting to me.

  51. Robin commented on:

    I am a total sucker for all retellings and you and Michelle do them beautifully. Excited for the giveaway. One Eyes, Two Eyes, Three Eyes is my favorite.

  52. Maddilin commented on:

    I want to read about Issina. I know very little about her fairy tale, and I like that. Of course, though, who wouldn’t want to read about Cinders? I’ll definitely go looking for Bonded if I don’t win 😀

  53. Katherine commented on:

    I’m going to have to go with Sleeping Beauty’s story (or rather that of the evil queen–I always love a good villain back story!)

  54. Sabrina commented on:

    Definitely the Sleeping Beauty one, I love stories in different POVs.

  55. WriterAlina commented on:

    Which of the 3 fairy-tale based novellas in BONDED are you most excited to read, and why? I’m actually interested in the Sleeping Beauty story the most. It would be fun to read about the witch’s life. I’m also interested in “Thirds;” I’ve never heard of One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes and want to know more about it.

  56. Emily McKeon commented on:

    THIRDS sounds like it will be a fun and very different read.

  57. Claire commented on:

    I read about BONDED recently, and have to say I’m most excited to read Scales. I love reading stories about characters that we know from only the main character’s POV and seeing how different that character can be.

  58. Savanah commented on:

    The whole book sounds great, and I’ll probably end up just going out and buying it. It’s hard to say which individual story I’m most excited to read, as I love fairy tale retellings in general. But I have always been a sucker for a good Cinderella spin.

  59. Lyndsi commented on:

    As a lifelong Cinderella fan, I am most looking forward to reading Cinders!

  60. Sheila commented on:

    I’m excited for all 3 but mostly for One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes because I’m not familiar with the original fairy tale, so it will be like reading something brand new!

  61. xygoodman commented on:

    BONDED looks lovely. Can’t wait to read it!

  62. Sunny commented on:

    Ooh, I can’t wait to read Cinders! Also looking forward to the Sleeping Beauty one.

  63. Briana B. commented on:

    I’d say I’m most excited to read THIRDS. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the fairytale and I’m always on the lookout for new fairy tales to fangirl over!

  64. Kazhy commented on:

    I’m most excited for Cinders because I want to know what happens during “ever after” <3



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