The Winner of Beware of the Little White Rabbit is Darlene Beck-Jacobson
I noticed Beware of the Little White Rabbit has been dominated for the Crystal Kite Award, so I ask Charlotte Bennardo if she would be interested in being interviewed and doing a book giveaway. Take a minute to vote for your favorite book on http://www.scbwi.org. Once there, log in and go to My Home button to vote. Voting ends on April 14th.
All you have to do to get in the running for winning the book is leave a comment. Reblog, or tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Please make sure you check back on April 25th to discover the winner.
Curiosity often leads to trouble…
Thirteen powerful voices in young adult fiction invite you to journey into startling new Wonderlands in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE.
Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant. Through rich historicals, castles and keeps, wild wormholes, secret workshops, deadly plagues, and gritty urban explorations, we present new tales of Alice and her white rabbit.
Whether an intrepid reporter, a would-be car thief, or the last human in a world ruled by machines, at the heart of each story Alice is a girl discovering who she really is in worlds that never fail to surprise.
What wonders await, oh curious reader? Leap down the rabbit hole and discover the truth…
Contributing authors: Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan.
Interview Questions for Charlotte Bennardo
How did the idea of doing a collection of stories? Whose idea was it?
This book is the brainchild of Leap Books editor Shannon Delany and Judith Graves to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. They put the call out for short stories and since I loved the book as a girl, I answered.
Who pulled everyone together?
Editors Shannon Delany and Judith Graves. I saw the call for submissions on Facebook. So check in with social media- I get story ideas, find out interesting stuff, and see requests for stories.
Do you know all the other authors?
I know Christine Norris, C. Lee McKenzie, and Medeia Sharif. The others I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing- yet. I hope to meet and chat with them sometime soon.
Are they excerpts or full short stories?
These are all short stories in various genres. I wrote sci fi, Christine, steampunk; each of us chose a genre. It’s fascinating to see how one simple idea generated so many different stories.
Did you write the story to fit the book or did you already have it in the works?
I wrote this story to fit the iridea- to tell a story based on the Lewis Carroll character of Alice in Wonderland. We were given complete freedom to go anywhere with the story as long as it had 4 elements: a character named Alice, a white rabbit, a journey, and it had to be young adult. Actually, this was my second story- the first one didn’t go over too well. (I think because it wasn’t YA, but more MG.)
What did your agent think of this project?
She supported my desire to do this. While I’m waiting to hear about other books out on submission or being reviewed by her, I need to keep busy writing. She knows I can’t sit still and wait….
Who came up with the wonderful cover?
Isn’t it gorgeous?? I love the title font and the blue. It’s simple, and not a stock photo that you’ll see on other covers. The artist is Gaetano Pezzillo and I believe Shannon, who did the interior artwork, worked with him on it.
Beware the Little White Rabbit came out last year. What have you done to promote the book?
I’ve taken it with me to book signings, blabbed about it on social media, done giveaways for charitable causes, and talk about it. I’m proud to tell everyone that the Lewis Carroll society in England requested a copy for their archives!
Which has sold more: paperback or ebook?
That I wouldn’t know- you’ll have to ask the editors!
Do you see any more collections in your future?
Yes! As long as the premise is intriguing and I have freedom to take the story in the direction I want (notwithstanding edits- you can never avoid those!). I’ve written articles, poems, novels, short stories- anything that I felt I must write. Never ignore your muse- I would have missed this wonderful opportunity if I’d just stuck with YA novels. The only thing I won’t attempt is a graphic novel because it would be poorly drawn stick figures.
Have you gotten any reviews?
We have gotten a number of very nice reviews (but we’d like more so please read and leave a review!).
Amazon also is selling the ebook for $.99. Here is the link.