Sep 13, 2012

18 And Over Giveaway Hop: Interview with Author Marie Hall



Her Mad HatterTitle: Her Mad Hatter
Author: Marie Hall

Synopsis: 


Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

This is not erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.


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Hi Marie,

First off I can’t tell you how glad I am to have you here. Her Mad Hatter has now become one of my absolute favorite books of all time! I loved everything about it the mad hatter, Scottish brogues, meddling fairy godmothers, bad boys, wonderland, and did I mention THE MAD HATTER? Ok enough of my fangirling and on to what I would really like to know.

Can I have the Mad Hatter?

Well... I don't know how Alice would feel about that. ;) Besides, if he belongs to anyone other than Alice, I'm pretty sure he's mine. :D

Just Kidding(:

Real Questions:

What made you decide to start writing fairytale based stories?

Short answer, I love them. I cut my teeth on Beauty and Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid... But I was always desperate to know what happened afterwards. Why was the Hatter so crazy? What happened to all those villains? Did they ever get redeemed? I also adore romances and wanted to give those forgotten, often misrepresented (in my mind) villains a chance to explain themselves and maybe find redemption, even true love. 

This book was written very well and the wonderland you have created was simply a dream come true. So I have to know was Alice in Wonderland one of your favorite books like it was our heroine Alice’s?

Thank you! :) You know, no. LOL... of all the books I've written I knew Hatter would be hardest to target. I kept picturing that bulbous nosed caricature of the Disney cartoons and wondering how I could ever make him desirable to not only his heroine, but the readers as well. I knew the Hatter had to be crazy, his name implies that after all. It was incredibly difficult for me to get into that strange head and try to think the way he would. Halfway through I wasn't even sure I had him right. He stated out dark and brooding, with very little ability to think beyond his madness. Then it dawned on me when I reread Alice in Wonderland, he really wasn't dark... he was misunderstood. Crazy, but not his fault. Poe, Frost, Lawrence... they are some of my favorite poets and one day while reading the Raven, it dawned on me... that's who he was. Fascinated by the depth of the human mind, desperate to remember what made him human, even while he spiraled deeper into insanity. Toward the end, I didn't want to let him go. But as for Wonderland being my favorite book, no...lol. 

What do you like to do in your down time? 

I love to walk, go to the beach, garden, hang out with my family. I'm a pretty normal (okay, boring) person. It's only between the pages of a book that you get to see how my mind really works!

Did any of your characters give you a difficult time while writing this book?

My boys. I always have a hard time getting into the mind of my hero. Maybe because I'm just such a girl! Half the time I have to ask my husband, would a man do this? LOL... he's such an inspiration for me. I was the Prom Queen in high school and fell in love with the Goth, if I ever find some time... I'll probably write a book about that strange attraction. LOL... many of my men are based on several different facets of my husband, without him I'm not sure I could write a hero at all. 

Can you relate to any of the characters? Do they share any of your traits?

Alice. She's me, sort of. I always wanted to open a beachfront Cupcakery in downtown Honolulu, she's adventurous, but tough. Sweet, soulful, and full of life. And she had cancer, me again. She was my way of letting go a dark period in my life. Alice was cathartic for me to write about... probably one of my favorite heroine's. :) 

The fairy godmother played a big role in the book and had a very big personality. Was she inspired by any real life person(s).

LOL... so funny you should ask that question. She's my Mother in Law through and through. I'm very fortunate to have such a great relationship with her and I always thought her personality was bigger than life, she flits and buzzes around constantly. A chatty Kathy I like to call her. Danika is my mother-in-law.

Hot Chocolate or Coffee

Oh... hot chocolate with a nice dollap of cream on a cold night. Absolutely!

Did you like fairytales growing up and if so did you have a favorite?

Well fairytales as I knew them were often very dark and didn't always end happily. Though if I had to say I had a favorite, it would have definitely been The Little Mermaid. Prince Eric was so magical to me, he was my first crush and stayed with me forever. The Grimm version of the book didn't end so happily, so I choose to pretend the Disney version is the real one.

Describe your favorite type of hero.

Well when I was younger, it was definitely the prince on the white horse. Now, I like my men a little darker, much more edgy, and extremely alpha. All descriptors that describe my husband... beneath the sparkling tiara, I had a thing for those bad boys. To me sexy is when a man can be bad, but chooses not to be because he loves his woman, but who'll fight to protect what's his. Maybe I read too many bodice rippers growing up, who knows! *grin*

As silly as it sounds I was particularly intrigued by Hook at the beginning of the book. Do you plan on writing Hook’s story in the future?

I sure do. In fact, I've already introduced his heroine in book 2, Gerard's Beauty. She's a firecracker, but it'll work out in the end. It always does. ;) His book is slated to be the 5th and final book of the series. I'm kicking around a potential 6th book idea, but it's not set in stone yet. Right now, series is due to end at 5 with Hook's Pan. :)

I have personally always had a thing for werewolves, which is one reason why I am extremely excited for Red to come out, but I was wondering what your favorite supernatural creature is?

Mermaids! When I was five I asked my mom if she could make me one. Because of course I just assumed they really existed. LOL... Which is probably why I write, because in my world they do. Red and Her Wolf is slated to be released October 26th! Though at the rate I'm going, it could be ever sooner. I update my progress on my blog: www.mariehallwrites.blogspot.com pretty frequently, so if there will be a change that'll be the first place you'll see it!

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31 comments:

  1. There was no room on the rafflecopter to leave my name and email so here it is:
    Jennifer Bielman
    autumnflower6ATaolDOTcom

    I would like to see beauty and the beast made into a hot book.

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    1. I've fixed the rafflecopter now sorry about that(:

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  2. Rissa Rodgers
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

    How about The Little Mermaid but it'd be better if it turned out M/M!

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  3. That is a GREAT question! *thinking....thinking*
    I know there are some out there..but I still adore Snow White.
    I can not really think of many men seriously. King Author, but not sure that is a fairy tale.

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  4. Hmmm Goldie Locks (which Stacey Epsino did a great job with) any others not at the moment that I can think of

    Great question and giveaway :)

    Her Mad Hatter sound interesting :)

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  5. Great interview and giveaway.
    I always liked the character of Rumplestilskin.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  6. Miss Muffet and her aracnophobia :O) Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  7. I agree with Rissa, a m/m Little Mermaid or a m/m Sleeping Beauty.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Beauty & the Beast would be my first pick since it's my favorite :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  9. What a great hop! This is gonna be so much FUN!!!
    I'd like to see Snow White & the SEVEN Dwarves. :-}
    Thanks for being part of the 18 & Over blog hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I would say Sleeping Beauty, because it's my favorite Disney movie, but Anne Rice beat me to the keyboard. I din't think I'd be able to top her "Claiming Sleeping Beauty" novels. :P

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! The mad hatter is definitely a sexy man. I can't wait to read about him and Alice in Ms. Hall's book. :)

    diva jefferson AT gmail DOT com

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  11. Rapunzel, I have a thing for hair pulling :) Thanks for the giveaway

    darklee25 at yahoo dot com

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  12. Sleeping Beauty, that's my all time favorite.
    Thanks for chance :)

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  13. Prince Charming :)
    Seyma Shabbir seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  14. Little Red Riding Hood and The wolf. It would make a good shifter book.

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  15. goldie locks and the three bears!!
    thanks for joining inon the hop.
    miram.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  16. Goldie Locks and The Three Bears.
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

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  17. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  18. I'm going to go with Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. I love that story. Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  19. I would like to see sleeping beauty

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  20. Jack and the Beanstalk, I think that could be interesting. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  21. the wolf from red riding hood
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

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  22. I'd love to see Sleeping Beauty :) Love that story!

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway, and who can resist a gal named Marie?! ;)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I've always loved Cinderella! LOL not very original
    Thanks for the HOP!
    swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  24. Cinderella would be fun
    shermie40 at yahoo dot com

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  25. Definately Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  26. woohoo congrats larissa.


    follow me #5
    bluecrayons

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  27. ooh I love the book's premise! It sounds like a fun read :)I'll definitely have to check this series out.

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  28. The premise of this book is fantastic. Thanks for the link to B&N because I splurged on it and bought it. I'd read this post earlier in the week, and then came back to it.

    Stephanie

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