A Cinderella-ish Interview & Giveaway

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Today I’m joining in on the blog tour celebrating the release (yesterday!) of the Cinderella novella A Dream Not Imagined — which I reviewed recently. As I may have said before… who doesn’t love a good retelling? 😉

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Be sure to check out the other posts running through the weekend — and remember to enter the giveaway below!!

But first, I’m excited to have the lovely authoress herself over on my blog to answer some mostly Cinderella-themed questions!


Interview with Shantelle Mary Hannu

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1. What do you like most about the story of Cinderella?

Hmm, the idea of a getting a gorgeous gown and fancy dancing slippers is such fun! 😀 And also, I just really like the thought of this orphan girl—hurt, belittled, and having lost all those she loved—who finds a beautiful love story despite the odds! ❤

2. Do you have a favorite retelling in book form?

Only one?? 😉 I think I’d have to say Entwined by Heather Dixon. It was quite creepy at some points, but I just ADORED all the dancing, the precious little sisters, the totally sweet romance, the magic tea set . . . It’s for sure my favorite retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses!

Others I have to mention: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson, Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton, Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey, and The Seahorse Legacy by Serena Chase.

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3. How about favorite Cinderella film?

Totally Cinderella [2015]. I LOVED it!! ^__^ Such gorgeousness!! So lovely and sweet! An absolutely beautiful remaking of the original tale!

4. What is your favorite element in the classic Cinderella tale? (The slipper, romance, carriage, rags-to-riches…?)

A rags-to-riches is always an interesting thing to read of . . . But it can bring trouble too; like Miss Prudence. Lol! Wasn’t that her name? The strict lady who drove poor Cinderella crazy! :p

I love the glass slipper part of the story actually. Something about the prince picking up her dainty little shoe. ^_^

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5. Who is your favorite character in the Cinderella story, and who’s your favorite in your version, A Dream Not Imagined?

I’ve always had a soft spot for Anastasia, after watching Cinderella II. So her, Cinderella, or Gus. 😀

In my version . . . I do particularly like Ellie, of course! And my “fairy godmother” also endeared herself to me.

6. You wrote it originally for Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s fairytale contest, but aside from that, what caused you to write a retelling of your own? Where did the idea come from/what was your inspiration?

Fairytales are one of my favorite things to read ever. I’m just captivated by them. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves . . . *hugs them all* The plots are just so neat that I want to try create my own retellings, I suppose. I would like to write a whole collection of fairy tale retellings! ^__^

Inspiration for A Dream Not Imagined? I’m not really sure. I had some ideas jotted down prior to finding out about Anne Elisabeth’s contest, but I think most of those changed, haha! I just started writing, and it all came! 🙂

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7. Do you have a favorite theme/scene/part in your story A Dream Not Imagined?

The bits about dancing are a favorite. The Epilogue gives me a soft, happy feeling. I quite like my theme sort of about surrendering . . . probably because it’s a lesson I’m learning in my own life. 😀

8. Do you have pictures and/or actors in mind to “play” the parts of the major characters in A Dream Not Imagined?

I do!! ^__^ Visit the first post for this blog tour. Or my Pinterest board for A Dream Not Imagined.

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9. Do you have any tips for writers who would like to try their hand at a fairy tale retelling?

Follow the classic storyline, or make all kinds of exciting changes . . .  either way will be amazing I think! There’s so much potential! Just read or watch the classic story, and then start writing. 😀

10. And (be honest, now — Cinderella-themed questions aside…) what’s your favorite fairytale? 😉

Um . . .  do I have to? ;D I don’t think I can pick a favorite, I just . . . can’t. My top three favorites would probably be The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Little Mermaid, and Rapunzel.

Thanks for joining us, Shantelle! ^_^

About the Book

A Dream Not Imagined CoverA MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after. But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince. In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

Now available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon!


About the Author

KODAK Digital Still CameraShantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.

A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.

A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.

Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google+ | Pinterest


Enter the rafflecopter form for a chance to win a kindle copy of A Dream Not Imagined and a $5 Amazon giftcard!

One winner will be chosen May 31st, and the kindle book and gift card will be sent to their email.

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But wait, there’s more!

Because I so enjoyed A Dream Not Imagined, I’m offering a giveaway of my own!

As well as the official rafflecopter giveaway for the blog tour, I am also going to give away a kindle ebook copy of A Dream Not Imagined to one random commenter here on this blog!

So comment away, and a random commenter will be chosen Monday June 1st and I will announce the winner and email them.

So, readers: A question for you! Answer for my personal giveaway:

What’s your favorite Cinderella retelling?

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26 thoughts on “A Cinderella-ish Interview & Giveaway

  1. Favorite Cinderella retelling? I really enjoyed the Moon Master’s Ball in the Five Glass Slipper’s fairytale collection. I need to read that again, speaking of which. It was amazing.
    Awesome interview, and congratulations, Shantelle, for becoming published. I can’t imagine how exciting that would be. 😀

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  2. What a fun interview! It makes me all warm and fuzzy because happy fairytale thiiiings. I am just on such a fairytale high right now! I LOVE how there are so many new retellings exploding the book world suddenly. Makes for a very happy Christine. 😀

    I had a bit of a panic attack when you asked which is our favorite Cinderella retelling because…I think Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the only one I’ve read. o.o Surely I’ve read more than that but I can’t think of any. Horrible!!! But I’ll probably be reading Five Glass Slippers after I finish the Angel Eyes trilogy, so this problem shall be solved soon. You know, I THINK Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was sorta kinda a Cinderella thing, but I wasn’t really getting much of a Cinderella vibe from that book. XD So ANYWAY, I’m going with Cinder because it’s epic and I loved it.

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    • I knoooow! Fuzzy fairytale feelings are the best. ^_^

      Actually, I’m not sure what I’d answer myself if I had to answer the question. o.o So I understand this panic attack thing. XD I’ve heard so many good things about Cinder but… dystopian steampunk? o.o Heehee. And I’ve heard Throne of Glass is a very loosely based one… But Five Glass Slippers should fix it! 😀 Also, Ella Enchanted, which I think you have, is a Cinderella retelling! I really love it. ^_^

      Anyways, thanks for your response! It’s fun to chat fairytales. ❤


  3. Thanks for the absolutely lovely interview, Deborah!!! It was so much fun!! 🙂 ❤ So, so glad you and your amazing blog could be part of the tour!! ^_^

    Oh, and for the extra giveaway, awesome!! 🙂 🙂 I'll tell my favorite Cinderella retelling just for fun… Hmm, I think I would go with The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson! Her books are usually awesome retellings! 🙂

    Thanks again!! Blessings! ❤

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    • You’re so welcome! Thanks for being here! ^_^ It’s been fun! 😀 Congratulations again! I know it must be so exciting! ❤

      And yes, I couldn't resist. 😉 Ooh, I love The Captive Maiden! Great pick. 😀


  4. Loved this interview! And since I was already soo blessed to receive an copy of Shantelle’s amazing book, you needn’t enter me in the giveaway, but I thought I’d comment and share my favourite Cinderella retellings too!

    My two most favourites are Shantelle’s “A Dream Not Imagined” because it really is absolutely amazing, and Sarah Holman’s “Waltz in the Waves” which was super sweet. 🙂

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  5. Oh I really love retellings. I TOTALLY ADORE THEM. I read as many as I can, tbh, and, zomg my favourite Cinderella?! Probably Throne of Glass! It’s a really subtle retelling, but has the rags-to-riches and the ball and the prince and *swoons* I love it. But I’m also partial to Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I LOVE how popular retellings are these days. XD

    Congrats to the author for her book!!

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    • RETELLINGS RULE. (Not as much as you of course, queen-of-the-world, but they do rule. XD) And I KNEW you would pick Throne of Glass! Methinks it’s one of your most favorites. XD And Cinder too… Thanks for dropping by! ^_^


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