How Lisa brought Ella to life in her novel:
My publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, asked for a historical retelling of one of the Disney princesses. As a young boy, one of my son Joel’s favourtie books was Cinderella. In the version we read, one of the ugly stepsisters looked a lot like me and he would giggle and point it out every time we read the story. Although it was annoying, I could not deny the charge.
I thought it would be a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge to write a novella based on such a well loved tale. The characters evolved as I researched the year and place I wanted the story to take place in, Washington, D.C., 1870.
About the book:
Ella Goodwin, abandoned by her father and abused by her stepsister, seeks to make sense of her new life as a prisoner in her own home. Squirreled away in the attic, she lets her imagination soar by designing and sewing a magnificent gown. However, all hopes of attending the masked ball are dashed when she’s discovered and her gown is stolen.
Thomas Bailey, withdrawn from active duty in the Foreign Service, struggles with a moral issue he must resolve if he wishes to keep his position. He arrives at his coworker’s home to deliver a parcel, a beautiful pair of red silk shoes, and unaware of any deception he agrees to escort the women of the house to the ball.
Chaos and confusion ensue as Thomas attempts to extricate himself from the clutches of an obnoxious stepsister. Will he unravel the mystery and learn the true identity of the beautiful woman who has captured his heart? Join author Lisa Flickinger as she takes you on a fairytale journey though time when life was simpler … or was it?
Lisa Flickinger, author of historical novels Fool’s Notion, and All That Glitters, lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops to add to her collection of old ladders, brooms, linens … or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her visit www.lisajflickinger.com.
Where to purchase Lisa’s book: Amazon