Interview with Andrea Cefalo on life, writing, and The Fairytale Keeper + GIVEAWAY!

Interview with Andrea Cefalo on The Fairytale Keeper Series!

Welcome, welcome everyone! I told you all I would be doing a wonderful interview today and I’m so excited to have Andrea Cefalo on the blog! Below is a feature on her first book, an interview with her, and a Rafflecopter giveaway for BOTH of her books in this series (in ebook format)! Read, comment, ask questions, enter the giveaway, ENJOY!

The Fairytale Keeper:

Summary: “Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.”

Find this book on Goodreads by clicking here!

Andrea Cefalo

About Andrea, via Goodreads: Andrea Cefalo is a bit of a roamer, growing up in New Hampshire, Maryland, and South Carolina, though the bulk of her family lives in Maine. She dreamed of a career in art restoration, but somehow ended up becoming a grade school teacher before realizing she really wanted to be a writer. She taught for three years and then decided to finish The Fairytale Keeper series and pursue her new found ambition. Andrea lives with her husband and two border collies in Greenville, South Carolina, which she calls home, at least for now.

Click here to see Andrea’s Goodreads profile!

Interview with Andrea:

Q: What made you want to become an author?

Andrea: I always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t like I just knew I was going to be a writer. The idea for The Fairytale Keeper came to me in 2006. I wrote a little of it. Then, life happened: I graduated college, I got a real job, I married my husband, we bought a house. The Fairytale Keeper fell by the wayside. I got really sick in 2010 and had to leave teaching. I didn’t really know where I fit in to the world after that. If I wasn’t a teacher what was I? Writing had been cathartic for me in the past, so I dusted off my manuscript and got to work. Two years later, I published The Fairytale Keeper.

Q: What has fueled your love of the medieval times?

Andrea: The short answer to that: travel and books. During a middle school field trip to New York City, our group visited The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the architecture and arts of medieval Europe. Growing up in the US, I had never stepped inside a Medieval building before. I was in absolute awe. A few years later, my mom took me to England, and we toured Canterbury along with several other famous castles and cathedrals. A children’s literature course required me to read Crispin by Avi and The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. These amazing books took me back to those great experiences and rekindled my passion for the time period.

Q: What is your writing process like?

Andrea: The process changes. Right now, I am finalizing revisions for my the third novel in The Fairytale Keeper series, The Baseborn Lady. Lately, I spend the first part of my day on the business end of publishing: tweeting, blogging, etc. Then, I read for an hour. Reading great books makes the revising go more quickly and more smoothly. Did I mention coffee? There is lots of coffee involved.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best thing about being an author?

Andrea: By far, my favorite aspect of writing is connecting with my readers. When someone truly gets what I am doing, it’s better than selling a thousand books.

Q: What inspired you to write The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: The idea came to me during a children’s literature class. We were comparing fairytales across cultures and the professor said that nearly all cultures had a Cinderella story.  If that’s true, then either the real Cinderella lived thousands of years ago or there is just something so compelling about such a story that most cultures created their own.  My story works on the first assumption: What if all Grimm’s fairy tales originated with one person?

Q: How did you come up with the title The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: It was trial and error. I suck at coming up with titles. The basic premise—that Adelaide is the origin of Grimm’s fairytales—seemed like a good place to start. But how do you communicate that in only a few words? The story was almost called The Fairytale Ancestress, but ancestress sort of sounds like incest, so I threw that one out. When I came up with The Fairytale Keeper, I knew that was it.

Q: Your main character’s name, Adelaide, means “noble” and “kind”. Coincidence?!

Andrea: I wish I had something profound to say about this, but I don’t. Sorry! It is a complete coincidence.

Q: What made you pick Snow White for Adelaide’s nickname?

Andrea: The Fairytale Keeper follows the life of a medieval commoner who was not only the real Snow, but the origin of Grimm’s fairytales, as well. Therefore, Adelaide was Snow White well before she was ever Adelaide. It took me a while to name her, but Snow White is not a very Medieval name, so I scoured resources for Medieval German names, and Adelaide resonated with me. It just sounded right.

Q: Who is your favorite character in The Fairytale Keeper?

Andrea: That changes. When I write too much of a character, I get a little sick of them. I also don’t like characters who are all good or all bad, so when I can show the humanity of villains or the flaws of my so-called heroes and heroines, I’m a pretty happy camper.

Q: What can we expect to see in The Countess Captive?

Andrea: Someone is going to get married. I won’t say who.

Haha, way to leave us on a cliffy. =) Andrea, it was SO WONDERFUL to interview you. I loved having you here and look forward to working with you again!

Keep an eye out for more on The Fairytale Keeper series here on Live, Love, Read! I’ll be posting a review on The Fairytale Keeper soon! A feature on The Countess’ Captive will be going up on April 4th, and the review will follow on April 20th!

The Fairytale Keeper Giveaway:

In the meantime, you can enter and share the below giveaway to win a copy of Andrea’s series in ebook format! One lucky winner will get both ebooks!

Giveaway Conditions:

Winner will be announced via twitter and on my blog post on April 20th!

The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me.

If I do not receive a response after 48 hours has passed, I will select another winner.

Enter Giveaway by clicking HERE!

I hope you all have a great rest of your week! I look forward to interacting with all of you and I can’t wait to announce the winner of this giveaway!

And before I leave you, please remember to keep spreading the word about my Readers Helping Teachers feature on Thursdays so that I can help our teachers and students in need!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

❤ Kelly

8 thoughts on “Interview with Andrea Cefalo on life, writing, and The Fairytale Keeper + GIVEAWAY!

  1. I’m actually super sad I hadn’t really looked into this one until now! It sounds super interesting and definitely something I would be into. Thanks for putting it on my radar (because my TBR needed to grow more right???). Excellent interview!!

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  2. Awesome interview. I’m not really big of historical books. BUT this one peeked my interest once I saw that it was a “Fairytale”. Thanks for much for the giveaway as well. Happy reading xoxo


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