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Today, we have a guest post from Bestselling Author Barbara Silkstone, creator of Zo White and the Seven Morphs.
Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters ~ Wendy and the Lost Boys ~ London Broil ~ Zo White and the Seven Morphs ~ The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.
Her criminally funny fables are ripped from the headlines… shaken, not stirred, and served with a twist and a chuckle.
“I enjoy doing playful things with language, blending two distinct words to create a new word. If I’m laughing out loud when I’m writing, then I know I’ve hit the mark. I laugh so loud while I’m writing that the neighbors think I’m having wild parties. I’m not. I live in South Florida where I survive on buttered popcorn and fried chicken… extra crispy.”
Silkstone’s Wendy and the Lost Boys topped the charts in comedy, climbing over Tina Fey, Sophie Kinsella and Ellen DeGeneres. The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters has been a consistent best seller in comedy. Both Wendy and Alice have been in the top 20 Amazon comedies at the same time.
Now… here’s Barbara~
Taking a beloved fairy tale and bringing it into modern times is a challenge. Everyone knows the original plot line. The villain is no secret. And in all probability there are tons of remakes of the tale. So how do I get from known to unknown to Happily Ever After and surprise my readers?
I knew from when I first conceived the story that Snow White would become Zo White, a Cirque-du-Soleil type aerialist. But the seven dwarfs? I spent two days pacing, mumbling, and rhyming. Surprisingly few words rhyme with dwarfs.
And then like Harry Potter’s white owl, the idea flew in on fantasy wings. Morphs! I raced to my computer and hit Google search to see if anyone was using the name. It was then I discovered this wild new international community of folks who are having a joyous time partying in colorful Morphsuits. I was stunned. US, UK, Germany, France, Italy! Morphs were taking over.
Located in Edinburgh, Scotland, Gregor Lawson, is one of the founding partners of Morphsuits. I contacted him. He was intrigued with the idea of Zo White and the Seven Morphs. Gregor shared Morphsuit artwork with my awesome graphic designer, Katerina Vamvasaki. I soon had a killer cover for both the ebook and paperback.
But how to balance a heroine and seven heroes in a plot that also included the Miami mob that couldn’t shoot straight, a python hunter, the redheaded Singing Lucys, and a corpse here and there? Each of the Seven Morphs had a different color and personality. It was like coordinating a spilled box of crayons. What color went where? And what shade should beat up what thug? It brought new meaning to the concept of colors clashing.
I hope you enjoy the humor, mystery, antics, and action in Zo White as much as Alice, Wendy, and the rest of my books. If you do, and can squeeze it into your life, please take the time to post a review. It would mean so much to Zo. She’s tough but has a soft heart.
My future plans include a second Morph adventure with new colors, and new characters. Also, a third book in the Wendy Darlin series. This time my reluctant Tomb Raider finds herself in Egypt, armed only with snark, and accompanied by her main squeeze, archaeologist Roger Jolley.
It’s not always easy… ripping from the headlines, riffing on a fairytale, and rooting for the red herrings. 🙂 Join me in my journey. You may get more than a few chuckles. My books are available on Kindle and Nook (between $1.99 and $2.99).
May the Morphs be with you! 🙂
Amazon Author’s page: http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Silkstone/e/B0047L8A8W
Morphsuits on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/Morphsuits
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Thanks sooo much, Barbara! I can tell y’all that Barb is one of my all-time fave authors! She totally cracks me up!!! And I luuuvvv her Fractured Fairy Tales!!!
Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of ZO WHITE AND THE SEVEN MORPHS?! Let us know below, and you just might win one from Barbara!!!
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