Hey everyone! It's bee a couple days since I've posted (AP test prep and mock APs are totally kicking my butt right now and my only lifesaver has been coffee) but I'm back today with another guest post!! Actually, it's more of a Q&A. Anyways, today's post is from Katie Ray, the author of Don't Kiss the Messenger (which you can find my review of it here: Don't kiss the messenger). ENJOY!
Why did you choose to retell Cyrano de Bergerac?
Retellings are hot right now. Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella. Pretty soon, Harry Potter will get a retelling. Personally, I love retellings. She’s the Man is one of my favorite guilty pleasure rom-coms (a retelling of Twelfth Night). Clueless, another favorite, is a retelling of Emma. And who doesn’t love 10 Things I Hate About You, a retelling of Taming of the Shrew?
So, why would I decide to retell Cyrano de Bergerac? The answer’s easy: it’s my favorite romantic storyline of all time. I grew up watching its film adaptation, Roxanne, about 500 times. I have always related to Cyrano’s character, who goes through life being teased and tormented for a psychical deformity.
I was extremely self-conscious in high school. I felt like I walked around with a spotlight over my head, and even though I tried to pass off a ‘tough-girl’ attitude, underneath I was mush. I think we all harbor some kind of a flaw, whether it’s external or internal, and we’re afraid we’ll be mocked or judged for it. In the retelling in my book, Don’t Kiss the Messenger, CeCe Edmonds has a disfiguring scar on the right side of her face from a car accident when she was twelve. Even though we can’t all relate to that kind of physical scar, we all can relate to feeling insecure about our own imperfections and letting those imperfections own us and make us feel small. This story is about realizing that people not only can learn to look past our flaws, but they will love us ALL THE MORE FOR HAVING THEM.
I also loved writing the old fashioned romance in this book. It’s not a hot and steamy sexual read—but it is still a hot and steamy ride of emotions. CeCe and Emmett exchange poetic prose throughout the book, in texts, emails and even in balcony scenes. I love that they fall for each other on such an emotional level.
I hope you enjoy Don’t Kiss the Messenger and that it speaks to you on some level. Check it out on April 10th!
So there's that! I hope you guys enjoyed it. I know I've been having a lot of guest posts lately, but I just love being able to promote these authors, and get to know them a little better at the same time! Let me know if there's anyone in particular you want a guest post from, or Q&A or even a review of a book and I'll try my best.
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I will be back tomorrow with (surprise, surprise) another guest post!! So don't miss out on that!
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