Thursday, September 15, 2011

Special Edition Friday Feature: Win Anna Staniszewski's MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE

This Friday Feature interview is so epic that it must span the entire weekend. Epic and yet, simple. Shall we play a game?

**Updated to add: I have decided to run this contest through the weekend, and will post Anna's spectacular answers and the winner on Monday. If you stopped by and want something new to check out, click over to Rubixboy's take on Anna's book!**

You see, Anna wrote an awesome book. Then her awesome agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, got it awesomely published. It's due to release 11/1/11.

I love the cover art!
Here's the blurb:
Is your magical kingdom falling apart? Twelve-year-old Jenny is on the case, whether she likes it or not. Saving the world might sound exciting, but for Jenny it’s starting to get old — even staying in the real world long enough to take a math test would be a dream come true! And when you throw in bloodthirsty unicorns, psychotic clowns, and the most useless gnome sidekick ever, Jenny decides that enough is enough. She’s leaving the adventuring business and not looking back. Or… is she?
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? And it is. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ARC, and I twitched with delight as I followed Jenny's reluctant adventures with crazed unicorns, and bizarre (but thankful) creatures from other lands. The absurd situations and fun characters tickled me.

So, I gave it some thought, and I decided that I wanted to give away this book, so that one of you can experience Jenny's awesome adventures. But then I balked. I wanted to make sure that whoever won the book was deserving of the book. Creatively deserving.

So, now I'm going to make you work for it! In the spirit of the zany creativity on display in Anna's MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE, I want you to display your creativity by answering, in the blog comments, five questions. Points will not be given for correct answers, but for craziest, funniest, absurdly creative answers.

Are you up for the challenge?

Let's start the game!

Q1: Before the cover art for MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE was completed, what did Anna think that the girl pictured on it was doing? Hint: The frog was not yet on top of the girl's head.

Q2: Anna has a room dedicated to a specific movie series in her house. What is it? WHY?

Q3. Anna’s main character, Jenny, travels to a world where the inhabitants are missing one key feature. What do you think that key feature is?

Q4. A conversation with Anna’s sister-in-law inspired a part of the book. It has to do with losing a part of the body and hot liquid. Guess what those elements are. You can explain how your chosen elements fit together, if you like.

Q5. In the style of Clue, fill in the blanks. Jenny fights ______ (who), in the ____(location), with a _____ (object).

You have the weekend to come up with five answers. Now remember, zany off-the-wall-ness garners the most points! Answer those five questions in the comment section, then pop back over Monday to see Anna reveal the true answers, and crown someone the King or Queen Of The Absurd Answers. And that person will win her book!!

Good luck!

Need a stimulus to get those creative juices flowing?
Feast your eyes on the MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE book trailer:


  1. What a great idea! The book was terrific! Very unique premise with tons of unexpected twists. :)

  2. 1. Jenny was looking for mistletoe and/or bats.

    2. The Sound of Music, for sure. I can see murals of the Alps and curtain ready to be jumpsuits.

    3. A brain. Why else else would those magical lands need saving.

    4. Loss of an arm and melted wax to form a prosthetic arm. It doesn't work out, I'd imagine.

    5. Jenny fights Prince Charming, in the dungeon, with a monkey wrench.

  3. 1. Jenny was disposing of gnome droppings that were left in her yard.
    2. Friday the 13th, because her crush's name is Jason.
    3. THumbs!
    4. Oh, my! I don't know. Waxing leg hair was the first thing that came to mind.
    5. Jenny fights a unicorn in the local park with a Swiffer.
    Fun contest, Heather! Congrats, Anna!

  4. Awesome that you're spotlighting Anna's book. I'll let someone else win because I'm supposed to be getting an ARC.

  5. Oh! Great game! I'll play, but I've already ordered my copy, so I wont enter the giveaway.

    1. Jenny was stuck in a puddle of unicorn dung while wearing tight underwear
    2. Madagascar - including the monkeys who like to move it move it
    3. teeth. they have to mash up all their food before they eat it. The horror.
    4. please let it not be inspired by Gold Member and the hot magma. (Okay, that would actually be kind of awesome)
    5. Jenny fights the incontinent King in the tulips with an asparagus spear. (okay, still might be thinking about Gold Member)

    Yay, Anna!

  6. 1. She was staring at the sky and thinking, Man, that cloud really does look like Elvis! Or a furby...

    2. TREMORS!! She's fascinated with geology and convinced that Kevin Bacon was involved in an black market pole vaulting conspiracy.

    3. Their noses. How unfairytale would it be if you couldn't even stop and smell the roses?

    4. An elbow and boiling shampoo.
    --Anna spent so much time playing with that stupid frog she developed a wart on her elbow. Urban Legend says scorching it with shampoo is the cure... you can imagine the outcome.

    5. Jenny fights General Ketchup, in the vegetable steamer, with a muppet.

  7. ROFL!!

    You guys are coming up with some awesome answers!! I bet Anna could be inspired for her next book with some of these nuggets!

  8. I LOVE the way you did this post, Heather!! The book is awesome--SO MUCH FUN!! I loved it! :-)

  9. Hah! You're so creative. What a great way to have a contest.

  10. Awesome post!! :D Fabulous book, I'm glad you're making 'em work for it!!

  11. Love the trailer. I started to read the comments, then had to stop myself. I need to take some time and answer the questions first. Don't want anyone else's creative answers to sneak into my subconscious! I'm looking forward to reading those answers after I (hopefully) come up with mine! Definitely a fun contest, Heather.

  12. OMG, I just read the other answers! Hilarious stuff. Okay, here's my shot at it:

    1. Anna thought the girl on the cover was contemplating tossing onion rings at the unicorn's horn, hoping to stack 'em to the tip.

    2. None other than the fantastic Bill and Ted and their excellent adventures. Their antics inspire Anna to create incredible tales. When she's stuck on a plot point, she stands on her head until magic beans fall out of her jeans pocket. She cooks them, then chews on 'em until the perfect solution twitches its way down her arms, wiggles through her fingers, and makes its way into her story.

    3. Nose rings. Not a single creature has a magic nose ring. Therefore, happily ever after eludes them, unless Jenny can get 'em a deal at her cousin's tattoo parlor.

    4. Oh, my goodness. Stop it, Heather! You're cracking me up here!

    Um, Anna's sister-in-law had an emergency appendectomy. No sooner had the surgeon removed it, than it ruptured in his hands, sending blue smoke swirling up which spelled out "Boo!" The poor guy peed his pants.
    (Sorry. Why did you have to add the hot liquid, Heather? My bad.)

    5. Jenny fights the Unicorn trainer, in the billiard room, with a magic plunger.

  13. I'm not creative enough yet today. Hoping to come back and give it a try later in the day, when I can think better.

    I agree with everyone. This is a fantastic way to give away a book. I love how you make your contest winners work!

  14. Please email me your answers if blogger isn't cooperating. If you don't see your comment here! hegkelly at gmail dot com

    Urgh. Not what you want to hear during a contest!

  15. 1) Jenny was giving the eye roll to that damn judgmental unicorn, always following her around and pointing his horn at her. What's his beef?

    2) Twilight- to remind that THIS is the kind of crazy that stems from book fame and middle-aged, lonely women picking up YA books not designed for them.

    3) Clothes!

    4) Last Halloween a squirrel dove into the smoking cauldron, filled with dry ice. Now the one legged bastard lives in MY backyard and scares all the kids for me.

    5) Jenny fights the liger, in the forest of naked gnomes, with a numchuck.

  16. The book's too young for me (I prefer YA for older teens), so I'm going to skip the contest. But I couldn't resist a peak at the trailer. I love it!!!

  17. awsum book..
    Bdw ur welcome to follow my blog ↲

  18. Great answers everyone!! Some of my favorite elements were: Jon's take on why the creatures needed saving, Kelly's swiffer, Terry's reference to "move it, move it", Lynn's assurance that nose rings = happiness, and Dena's take on the judgmental unicorn.

    Maybe you all should get together and write an absurd PB, guys!!

  19. Oh, and I loved B.T.'s Kevin Bacon love. So awesome! (Somehow I scrolled past that entry when pulling out favorite elements--sorry!!)


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.