Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Stacy Juba, and her characters from Fooling Around with Cinderella. It’s a fantastic chick lit with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Dylan and Jaine.
How did you first meet your writer?
Jaine: A few summers ago she was at a theme park with her family. They had just gone to visit Cinderella. Suddenly as Stacy was walking, she stopped short and the concept of the book flashed into her mind. We met her later that night when she was scribbling on paper scraps in the hotel.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Jaine: No, I didn’t think my life was interesting enough.
Dylan: I come from a crazy family who names their kids after fairy tale characters. So yeah, I’m not surprised.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Jaine: I love the scenes where Dylan and I tease each other. And the scene where we go on rides with my niece was a lot of fun.
Dylan: The kissing scenes.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Jaine: Reading, taking walks, playing with my cat Willow, and hanging out with my niece.
Dylan: I like skiing, snowboarding, and having my dog Snow tag along after me on hikes. I’m going to teach Jaine how to ski one of these days.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
Jaine: I’d write out the villain. She really messed things up for us.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Dylan: Oh yeah!
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Dylan: I hear she’s writing a sequel about my sister Rory, who was named after Aurora. Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty. I, for one, am interested to know what she sees in her jerk of a boyfriend, so yeah, I’d read the sequel.
Jaine: I have a marketing idea for the park that could involve Rory. I would love a chance to make that happen.
What do you do for a living?
Dylan: I’m the new general manager of the Storybook valley theme park, a family-owned business. I took over from my dad.
Jaine: I’m the new marketing coordinator, but Dylan isn’t quite ready to make it a full-time position yet. For the next few months, I’m also Cinderella! It’s just temporary until the park closes for the season.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Jaine: Just sweats or light pajamas. It is a relief to wear something comfortable, after being in a ball gown, tiara and glass slippers all day!
What is your vivid memory of your mother and father?
Jaine: I remember them taking my sisters and me to Storybook Valley when I was a kid. My sisters are twins and always together, so I would hang around with my parents. They never made me feel like a third wheel. Once my dad spent a fortune trying to win prizes for all of us at a carnival game.
Dylan: I remember my parents’ expressions when they found out I sneaked into the park at night with a bunch of friends and had a keg party on the ferry. I thought I would be grounded for the rest of my life.
What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.
Dylan scrutinized Jaine, arms folded across his royal blue shirt with the Storybook Valley logo stamped over the left in white block letters. “Do you wear contacts?”
“I have plenty of media contacts. Wait. Did you say wear contacts? You mean instead of these?” Jaine fingered the earpiece of her gold-rimmed glasses.
“Right. Contact lenses.”
She gave a nervous chuckle. “I scheduled a consultation in college, but was too squeamish to insert the lens. I was more comfortable in glasses.”
Was she really justifying her vision enhancement choices to her prospective new boss? Maybe he intended to discuss medical benefits. Or did he think she looked nerdy? What was the saying? Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Not that she wanted him to make a pass even if he was hot.
“How blind are you without glasses?” Dylan persisted.
“You wouldn’t want to drive with me.”
“How about if you’re walking around a building? Are you in danger of hurting yourself?”
This interview had taken the Mad Hatter Freeway from Fairy Tale Land into Wonderland where nothing made a damn bit of sense. Did this guy have a glasses fetish, like those weirdoes with shoe fetishes?
“I should be okay. I take them off for special occasions.” In fact, Jaine’s older sister Bree, who was getting married in August, remarked just last week, “You are losing the glasses for my wedding pictures, right?”
What the hell. She’d be a good sport and hope Dylan would be so grateful to pick the brain of a real, flesh and blood, bespectacled person that he would appoint her marketing director. Jaine removed her glasses and the fine details of her surroundings fuzzed. She nodded toward the framed print hanging on a side wall, the picture a wash of symbols and colors. “I can tell that’s a park map, but the words and images smear together.”
And that was myopia in a nutshell. Jaine adjusted her glasses back into place so she could see his reaction. Dylan examined her with such intensity that a blush stained her cheeks. She patted her blonde French braid, in case stray strands were straggling out.
“Here’s the situation,” Dylan said. “I took over the general manager position a few months ago. I’m evaluating possible changes and researching how other theme parks run. My grandfather and father have worked with a marketing firm for years to create our brochures, billboards, print, and radio ads.”
Jaine’s shoulders caved, imperceptible to him, but it felt as if her whole body was sinking.
No fairy tale job ending for her.
Buy the Book:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Fooling-Around-Cinderella-Storybook-Valley-ebook/dp/B0173T2MMO/ref
Amazon paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Fooling-Around-Cinderella-Storybook-Valley/dp/1515390756/ref
Barnes & Noble paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fooling-around-with-cinderella-stacy-juba/1122680940?ean=9781515390756
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=BdrNCgAAQBAJ
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. Stacy is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors with Cinderella-themed romance novels. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty.
Connect with Stacy:
Website and blog: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/
Glass Slipper Sisters Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/482493158588214
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!