Interview with Author, Mary Waibel

I finished a really fun book and invited the author over for a chat.  Allow me to introduce you to Mary Waibel, author of Quest of the Hart.  It's a reverse Sleeping Beauty tale where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince. The writing is beautiful. I was swept away into the fairy-tale and enjoyed every moment of it. 


     Hi Mary, thanks for being here.  I love how you retold Sleeping Beauty.  How did you come up with the idea?  What inspired it?


Thank you, Tammy. I had so much fun writing Quest of the Hart. It all started when a friend told me I should write a story about the girly-girl who saves the prince.  As I thought about it, I decided I liked the idea of making the girly, blood squeamish princess have to wake the prince from his sleep, and Quest of the Hart was born.

           I am always curious as to whether an author is a plotter or a panster. 
I am definitely a panster. I try to plot, but it never seems to work for me. I do know where my story is going to start, and where it will end when I begin writing, but the middle is a complete mystery. I spend a lot of time thinking about my story before I start writing and as I write, usually as I'm drifting off to sleep. I try to think of the big picture things I want to happen. (I've learned not to think about specific dialogue or phrasings unless I have paper and pen nearby.)
Your characters were great. I even loved to hate the villain, Princess Arabella. 
They were such fun to write. The heroine is Princess Kaylee, she's  small, squeamish about blood, and has never really had to face any hardships. Kaylee and Sabrina, the witch's daughter, work together to complete the quest to wake Prince Devlin from the sleep spell his sister cast.
     The villainess is Princess Arabella. She's very beautiful, as well as cunning and power hungry. Maeryn and Deirdre, sisters and friends of Arabella, help the princess with her devious plan to gain the crown. They also rope in Sir Thaddeus, a knight in the king's guard, to aid them, although, Thaddeus doesn't realize the exact extent of their treachery until it's almost too late.

Throw in the Golden Dragon Auriel, the witch Grizzelda, and the sorceress Esmerelda, and the cast is complete.
         I think you were the perfect person to retell a fairy-tale.  You did it so well. Do you plan on retelling another classic fable?  What do you have in store for us next?
 Aw, you are so sweet! Thank you. I do plan on doing another retelling in the future. In August, Charmed Memories, a companion novel to Quest of the Hart will release. When I began writing Charmed Memories I thought of it as a kind of Prince and the Pauper type story- there's a missing princess, and a girl with no memories of her past who could be the princess or someone else completely. I'm readying a third companion novel for submission as we speak. It isn't a retelling, but does follow one of the characters from Charmed Memories. Then, I plan to go back to Arabella and do a reverse Beauty and the Beast tale. I'm still in the thinking stages on that one, trying to figure out all the logistics. Just know that I have the perfect guy in mind for her, and a way for her to redeem herself from all she did in Quest.



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And here's a little bit about Mary:

Mary lives with her husband, son and two cats. When she isn't twisting fairytales, she enjoys reading, playing games, watching hockey, and camping. Her debut novel, Quest of the Hart, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing April 19, 2013. Charmed Memories, a companion novel, will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in August 2013
You can find Mary Waibel at:
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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Tammy!

  2. Hi guys! Great interview, Tammy. I love when the interviewer has actually read the book and has pertinent questions. Gives more credibility. The book sounds great, Mary.

  3. Hi Mary!
    It was my pleasure. I loved your book.

    Hey Stuart,
    I feel the exact same way as you. :)