Remember A Week of Beauty and Beast, a special blog event hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story and me? We it was the perfect time to host an event devoted to one of our favorite fairy tales, seeing as how Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast came out in theaters this month! Woohoo! We shared our love of this tale as old as time with you, and hope you enjoyed! But here were are again with a tiny revival because Zoe Cruz wanted to participate in the interview series! Make sure you enter to win a Beauty and the Beast themed book of your choice, which ends tonight!
Today Bonnie and I are hosting an interview with Zoe Cruz, author of Beastia. Zoe talked a bit about her book here on That Artsy Reader Girl a week and a half ago, so head over to that guest post if you’d like more information!
Author Interview – Zoe Cruz
What are a few of the ways in which your retelling differs from the original tale?
It actually differs a lot. I wanted it to be something on it’s own, deconstruct the retelling and rebuild it. The first thing is that Beauty is the Beast and vice versa. Secondly, it’s set in Chicago and is a contemporary novel. No magic is involved, but at it’s a heart it’s a Beauty and the Beast tale.
If you could be a household object, what would you be?
I think a lamp or a candlestick would be my choice. Something about lighting dark places seems intriguing to me. I’m also more awake at night and that’s the perfect time to use a candle.
If you were taken by the Beast, what’s one comfort item from home that you’d want?
There are some books that I’m very partial to that say home to me. If I had to pick one of those books it would be The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.
What song would you want to dance to with the Beast?
“Ever More” by Josh Groban would be at the top of my list.
If you looked in a magical mirror that would show you your heart’s desire, what would you see?
Is it the Mirror of Erised? But…seriously, my heart desire would probably be finding a way to live in Spain forever. I kind of love it there. It has European castles and Arabic palaces straight out of a fairy tale.
The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.
When Rebekah falls prey to a madman, the bully becomes the bullied. Scarred and tormented, she abandons her previous life and adopts a new identity, but her ghastly appearance haunts her everywhere she goes. Only with the help of determined friends can she move past her horrifying experience—and maybe even let herself be loved.
And if the madman returns to finish what he started, will she be ready, or will she give up hope?
About Zoe Cruz
I love traveling, writing, reading, and binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix.
I’m a geek too. Anything from classic Tortallan and Hobbit lore to a DS9 Trekkie and a Browncoat. I love any good sci-fi and fantasy book, show or movie.
I’ve lived in Spain for almost four years, so adapting back to U.S. life for now.