Before beginning her writing career Maurissa Guibord worked slinging pizzas, alphabetizing things and practicing medicine. Now she writes teen fiction for people who love the same kind of stories she does: mysterious, romantic and with a touch of humor. Her short mystery fiction, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives on the coast of Maine with her mysterious cat, romantic husband and three kids who make her laugh.
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Warped by Maurissa Guibord
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary: Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.
1) Maurissa, what inspired you to write Warped?
MG: Warped was inspired by the images and lore of the famous Unicorn Tapestries. Then came the idea of someone or something being trapped inside the tapestry- and how would they be released? By pulling a thread of course!
2) Why did you decide to name your novel, Warped?
MG: This is a play on words (I have a peculiar love for this sort of thing). The warp threads are the lengthwise threads in a weaving loom. But warp can also be used to mean a discontinuity in the space-time continuum. Both ideas fit my story perfectly!
3) Throughout the book, who was your favorite character creation?
MG: I really enjoy my main character Tessa- she tries so hard to be in control of her life and comes to the realization that you really can't be in control of everything. Just yourself.
4) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
MG: Of course- If I was allowed to- I would probably keep rewriting and rewriting and I thought the story was perfect, ha! But of course then it would never be published and I would never get to tell another story.
5) Your protagonist Tessa doesn't believe in magic or fate, how do you feel about these two elements?
MG: I believe in the Fate that we weave ourselves. And in the magic of love. Sappy but true.
6) Are you currently working on any other Young Adult novels?
MG: Yes- I'm currently working on another YA paranormal story. Wrecked is about a remote island with two communities: one human, and one made up of sea demi-gods. My main character finds herself trapped there and begins to discover some strange things about herself...
7) Last but not least, do you have anything you'd like to say to your readers?
MG: I hope you enjoy reading Warped and I love to hear from readers about the kind of stories they like. You can email me through my website at http://www.maurissaguibord.com/
Thank you Maurissa for giving me the chance to feature you!