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Zoë Marriott

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Zoë has known that she wanted to be a writer since she read 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton at age eight. She's never changed her mind in all the years since then.

She completed her first manuscript - a truly embarrassing romance novel - at age sixteen, and kept on writing books and submitting them until she had collected rejections from nearly very publisher in the UK and two in Australia. She eventually got her first publishing contract when she was twenty-two - but had to wait until she was twenty-four to see that book published (The Swan Kingdom). Her books have been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award and the Lancashire Book of the Year, and have won a Junior Library Guild Selection, a U
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Zoë Marriott Thank you so much! It's been over a decade now since I wrote The Swan Kingdom, and to hear that people still read it, and still like it, is humbling a…moreThank you so much! It's been over a decade now since I wrote The Swan Kingdom, and to hear that people still read it, and still like it, is humbling and uplifting.

Growing up The Wild Swans was always my favourite fairytale. I had a gorgeously illustrated picture book of the story which was (and is) one of my most treasured possessions, and when I started borrowing books of myths and folklore from the library, variations on the tale (a sister toiling to save brothers from a terrible, beastly or birdly enchantment) would crop up very often. So it never really occurred to me that it was considered a lesser fairytale, or that people wouldn't know it. I always wanted to explore it further and write my own version, and I was grateful that as far as I was aware no one famous had gotten there first, but that was all.

It was only when The Swan Kingdom was published, and I saw some readers praise it for retelling an 'unknown' fairytale, and different readers assume that I had plagiarised the work of another author (whose book was also based on that fairytale) that I realised how few people had grown up with this story as I did.

Since then, I've written two more fairytale retellings - Shadows on the Moon, which is based on Cinderella, and another one (yet to be published) based on Beauty and the Beast. Obviously, both of these stories have been made into Disney movies, which means everyone thinks they know what the 'original' version is, or should be. There's a certain flexibility in retelling a story which is very well known. You can feel free to make all kinds of changes to the plot and subvert the characters or invert certain parts and know that people will understand exactly the way you're bouncing new ideas off the old ones. But at the same time, there will also often be people who think you've ruined the best parts - even if those things were literally only added into the Disney version ten years ago.

The truth is that even extremely well-known fairytales are not nearly as well known as you might think. Most of us imagine, say, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast as a single story, a fixed thing with certain characters and plot points which are inviolable. But these usually bear at most a passing resemblance to the spoken versions of folklore which were originally transcribed by people like Anderson and Grimm. There are a million variations on every story, and the further you go back in time the darker and scarier many tales of this kind are. So when I choose to explore any fairytale, I'm most likely retelling a hidden, not very popular version of it - and I'm also remaking it anew, making it into something that no one else has ever seen before.

Having said all that, I have next to me now a copy of The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth, which is a treasure trove of tales that were basically lost to time until very recently. And I am still a fan of Celtic and Greek and Japanese mythology. So it's entirely possible that in the future I'll stumble across an obscure fairytale that will inspire me to explore it. I just don't know it yet.

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Zoë Marriott Eilonwy wrote: "Awesome new pic, Zoë! I love it!"

Thanks Holls :) Random selfie in the coffee shop, and it's nicer than any posed photo I've ever had taken! x


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Eilonwy Awesome new pic, Zoë! I love it!


Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) Thanks for the add!


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Zoë Marriott Daph (Lvngbooks) wrote: "I can't believe I wasn't stalking you on every website yet.. But don't worry, I found you! >:)!

PS: thanks for making us friendsies <3"


Of course! We ARE friends. And you're very welcome to stalk away - I do it to everyone else, believe me!


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Daph (Loving Books) I can't believe I wasn't stalking you on every website yet.. But don't worry, I found you! >:)!

PS: thanks for making us friendsies <3


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Zoë Marriott Heather wrote: " So Hi.
Thanks for accepting my friend request. :)



Oh and I absolutely ADORE your books. I read them a few years back and WOW. :) X"


Thank you very much for friending me - and I'm so happy that I have a read who gives such good Gif. How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who in one comment? Epic.


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Heather Wood description So Hi.
Thanks for accepting my friend request. :)

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Oh and I absolutely ADORE your books. I read them a few years back and WOW. :) X


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Zoë Marriott Lady wrote: "OMG! I loved Shadows of the Moon so much Miss. Marriott it was incredible it touched my heart. I will try to read your other books if I get the chance and I'm honored that you are my friend!"

Thank you, Lady - I'm honoured that you liked my book so much :)


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Lady Light OMG! I loved Shadows of the Moon so much Miss. Marriott it was incredible it touched my heart. I will try to read your other books if I get the chance and I'm honored that you are my friend!


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Zoë Marriott Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books) wrote: "ZOE! Why did I not know you were on GoodReads?! Thanks for the friend request!!"

WHY didn't I know YOU were? Thanks for friending back :)


Enna Isilee ZOE! Why did I not know you were on GoodReads?! Thanks for the friend request!!


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Zoë Marriott Jo wrote: "Hey Zoe!
Thanks for the friends request :)
Hope you're OK!"


I'm fine, thank you, Jo! Hope you are too 8D


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Jo Hey Zoe!
Thanks for the friends request :)
Hope you're OK!


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Zoë Marriott Adrianja wrote: "I loved Daughter of the Flames :) I can't wait for the sequel. I haven't read swan kingdom or shadows on the moon but they are coming up soon on my tbr list"

Thanks, Adrianja! I really hope you like the other books when you get hold of them. I'm doing edits on the companion novel to Daughter of the Flames now (FrostFire) and hopefully that will be out in July next year, so that's something to look forward to as well :)


Sophia Tallon :)


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Zoë Marriott ~♥Sophia The Rain Dancer♥~ wrote: "OMG!I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED The Swan Kingdom I could NOT stop reading it! :)"

Ha ha - thank you! It's lovely to hear that.


Sophia Tallon OMG!I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED The Swan Kingdom I could NOT stop reading it! :)


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April Thanks for the friend request! :)


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Zoë Marriott Nicole wrote: "hey zoe :) i really like "daughter of the flames" because the heroine, zira/zahira is really strong, beautiful andf complex. And the story itself is good. I'm looking forward to reading "swan kingd..."

Thanks! I'm working on the follow-up novel to Daughter of the Flames now, so it's encouraging to hear from people that liked the first one.


Nicole hey zoe :) i really like "daughter of the flames" because the heroine, zira/zahira is really strong, beautiful andf complex. And the story itself is good. I'm looking forward to reading "swan kingdom". :)


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Zoë Marriott Thank you. Have you checked out my new blog, here: http://thezoe-trope.blogspot.com? There's a giveaway on...


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Yaa OMG!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!! Huge fan!! =D


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