Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Marissa Burt’s STORYBOUND.
The synopsis: When Una Fairchild stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, she thinks nothing of opening the cover and diving in. But instead of paging through a regular novel, Una suddenly finds herself Written In to the land of Story–a world filled with Heroes and Villains and fairy-tale characters.
But not everything in Story is as magical as it seems. Una must figure out “why” she has been Written In–and fast–before anyone else discovers her secret. Together with her new friend Peter and a talking cat named Sam, Una digs deep into Story’s shadowy past. She quickly realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined–and it might be up to her to save it.
I’ve been looking forward to this delicious-sounding middle-grade for ages! Thanks for stopping by for the interview, Marissa!
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Una is a shy, imaginative, fierce surprise (even to herself!)
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
STORYBOUND is a magical, bookish, heroic fantasy.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a laughing, curious, wistful girl-at-heart.
(note from Jess: I love all of these answers! Marissa, you’re such a wordsmith!)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
I would travel to Iceland, Scotland, and New Zealand. (Jess’s note: I want to go to Iceland too!)
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
I would take Astronomy, a drawing class, and some sort of gardening tutorial.
6. If you could have 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Alternate-me would be an actor, book store owner, or innkeeper.
7. What are 3 of your favorite flowers?
My three favorite flowers are daisies, lilies of the valley, and bluebells.
8. What are 3 of your favorite foods?
My three favorite foods are vanilla bean ice cream, dark chocolate, and pretty much any kind of cheese. (note from Jess: OM NOM CHEESE!)
9. What are 3 of your favorite books?
I’ll go with ANNE OF THE ISLAND, by L. M. Montgomery, THE RETURN OF THE KING, by J. R. R. Tolkein, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, by Jane Austen. (Jess’s note: ANNE OF THE ISLAND is one of my all-time favorites too! Though I’d go with NORTHANGER ABBEY as my favorite Austen.)
Thanks again, Marissa! Have a wonderful book birthday!