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Tara Gilboy Thank you! This is a great question! One of the things I hope readers take away from my book is the idea that most people are not "completely good" or…moreThank you! This is a great question! One of the things I hope readers take away from my book is the idea that most people are not "completely good" or "completely bad." I think it's easy, especially in our social media-focused culture, to create this kind of false dichotomy where others are either "good" or "bad" (or even heroes or villains). In reality, people are complex, make mistakes, and grow and learn. I hope my book inspires readers to have compassion for others and be open to giving second chances.(less)
Tara Gilboy Aw, thanks so much! Yes, I was definitely inspired by fairy tales as I wrote this book, especially in the early drafts. (In my very early drafts, ther…moreAw, thanks so much! Yes, I was definitely inspired by fairy tales as I wrote this book, especially in the early drafts. (In my very early drafts, there was actually a whole section about Sleeping Beauty that I ended up cutting.) I also spent a lot of time reading books like Jack Zipes's Why Fairy Tales Stick and Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment that talk about fairy tales and why we are so drawn to them. They are fascinating! I tried to also read "mentor-text" books with premises similar to mine, like Inkheart, both to see how they had handled the world-building involved when you have "a story within a story" and also to make sure I wasn't writing anything too similar to what those authors had already done!(less)
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Hi Tara, thanks so much for the question (and the compliment). The characters themselves, particularly Andrea and Ayla, are what inspired me to write this book, so I knew them pretty well before I even began drafting. However, in revisions I spent a See Full Answer
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“Being angry doesn’t make you a villain, Gracie. Anger can help you stand up for yourself, do the things you need to, It can be a good thing, if you control it rather than letting it control you.”
Tara Gilboy, Unwritten

“Because what does it mean, really, to be labeled a villain? Nobody really thinks of herself as a villain. We are all the heroes in our own stories.”
Tara Gilboy, Unwritten




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