Hey there pretty! Today, Kristee Ravan’s The Cinderella Theorem blog tour stops by the blog. We have awesome treats for you today! A lovely guest post from the author and a super giveaway! But first!! Check out the book’s synopsis 🙂
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The Cinderella Theorem
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #1)
by Kristee Ravan
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback, 367 pages
March 17th 2014
Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lilyís deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).
Even though itís not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.
What’s in a Name?
“Who’s Prince Witham?”
“Snow White’s Prince. Anyway—”
“Wait. He has a name? Aren’t all the princes just ‘Prince Charming’ or something?”
“Really, Lily. Of course they have names.” Mom looked at me like I had just said something incredibly socially unacceptable.
–From The Cinderella Theorem
Even though no one ever spells it correctly, I love my first name: Kristee. It’s unique and special and though a Google search will reveal that there are other Kristees in the world. I personally have never met one, and I know there’s no one else named “Kristee Ravan” (Kudos to my husband for giving me a unique last name, that no one ever spells correctly either…). So when I began creating Lily’s world, I wanted to be intentional with the names of the people and places. Here’s the inside scoop on what some the names mean.
E. G. Smythe’s Salty Fire Land: This is the name of the fairy tale world Lily finds herself the princess of. If you rearrange the letters (this is called an anagram) you get “fairy tales, myths, legends” which is principally what most of the characters come from.
Lily: Lily is inspired from my good friend, Lisa. Lisa’s middle name is Lyn. Originally, I planned to call the main character Lyn, but Lisa thought Lyn sounded too harsh. So I took the first two letters of Lisa and the first two of Lyn to get Lily. Lily’s middle name, Elizabeth, comes from our (Lisa and I) mutual love of the that name and our favorite person with that name, Miss Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice.
Rapunzel and Prince Harry of the kingdom of Pelo: Rapunzel has a lot of hair, so obviously her prince’s name had to be Harry. And Pelo is the Spanish word for hair.
Princess Okera is Sleeping Beauty. I spent a year after college teaching in Uribicha, Bolivia, among the Guarayos. Okera is their word for “she will sleep.”
Evil, greasy Levi: Levi is an anagram of evil (also, vile and live).
The dwarves’ names are intentional, too. Lubcker, the red dwarf, is named after a college professor. Carey, the yellow one, is named for my friend, Kari, who likes yellow. Likewise, Blaire, the purple one, is named for a cousin who likes purple. Beryl means “green,” so I chose that name for the green dwarf. Lane, the blue dwarf is named for my dad. His middle name is Layne. If you’ve been counting, you’ll notice I’m missing one dwarf. I haven’t decided on a name for the orange dwarf yet. I should also point out I only borrowed names from my friends and relatives, not their character traits—with the exception of Lane. He is the kingdom’s postman and my dad was a mail carrier for a while.
There are quite a few more names I could explain (Princess Pois, Dark Mesa, Kobold), but I don’t want to rob anyone of the excitement of figuring it out on their own. Just know that if I chose to give a character a name, it likely means something, so do some digging and find out!
Interesting post about names, right? That certainly did made sense, especially since I’m reading the book now…and believe me it’s so much fun! 🙂 How about you, what do you think about naming characters? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below 🙂
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up.” She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected – in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.
5 copies of The Cinderella Theorem (print for US winners, ebook for international winners)
Ends August 31st
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