Welcome to my third edition of Students Want to Know! My students and I are excited to post their interview with Maurissa Guibord, the author of Warped. One of my students was able to read this before the interview, and she really enjoyed it! My review of Warped will be posting this weekend; it’s one of my new favorites 🙂 Thank you, Maurissa, for taking the time to answer my students’ questions!
Summary (From Maurissa’s website): Tessa Brody doesn’t believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too.
Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible secret-one that has been contained for centuries. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa’s own. “His Lordship” is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.
Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.
But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?
- What is the story behind your title?
Hi Andrea! I use “warped” as a play on words in the title. In weaving, the warp threads are the lengthwise threads that are strung on a loom, while the weft threads are the ones that get woven through side-to-side. Warp can also mean a break in the space-time continuum. Since my story involves weaving and time-travel- I thought it fit pretty well.
- How long did it take to write Warped?
It took about a year to write my first draft of the story. And then about another year to revise and polish it with the help of my editor.
- What made you want to write a story in this genre?
Hi Camara! I’ve always loved fantasy stories- especially when they’re blended with the real world. I love the idea of fantastical things happening to everyday people, like me.
- When did you realize that you wanted to be an author?
Later in life actually. I was a doctor with a full time practice. After my husband and I had three children, I decided to stay at home with them. I began writing when my kids were babies, now they’re in seventh grade when my first novel is published.
- Do you brainstorm before you write, or do you just go with it and write what comes to you?
Hi Juliha! I do mull things over a lot- in the morning when I’m lying in bed. I like to visualize what happens before I write the scene. While I’m writing though, sometimes unexpected little things happen- and that’s always fun 🙂
- Why did you decide to use the idea of magic?
Hi Andrew! I decided to use magic to explain something that happens in my story. I began the novel saying to myself: “What if there was a man trapped inside a tapestry?” In order to create the circumstances where that could happen- I used magic 🙂
- Where did the name Opal come from? Did you have a friend like her?
Hi Taylor, I’m glad you read Warped and hope you liked it 🙂
I just thought the name Opal was pretty and I never had a friend exactly like Opal, but she has characteristics of different people that I love.
- By the way the epilogue ended, will there be a second book?
Even though I wrote Warped to be a standalone novel , I wanted there to be hints that Tessa’s story wasn’t over yet. Right now I’m not working on a sequel but there may be one in the future.
- Which character would you say you are most like?
I would say I’m most like Tessa- I like to feel like I’m in control of my life- that I can make things right for my family. Even though things happen sometimes that I can’t control.
- Do you believe in fate?
Yes, in a way. I believe that when you do good, good will return to you. That’s Karma I guess. Self-made fate.
- Are you happy with the cover?
I think it’s a lovely cover- I kind of wish that there was a unicorn on it- but I’m really pleased with it.
- A unicorn tapestry; how unique and interesting! Was there a specific memory from your childhood that inspired it in the story? If not what made you decide to add that to the story line?
Hi Katleyn 🙂 I came up with the idea for Warped after seeing a book in my town’s public library about the unicorn tapestries that are kept in the Cloisters Museum in New York. Reading about the ancient workmanship of the tapestries and the symbolism that is contained in the pictures sparked my imagination.
- If you had to describe your book in three words what would they be?
Romantic, time-traveling, adventuresome!
- Are there any quotes or sayings that you enjoy/”live by”
I really love the quote from William Henley: “I am the Master of my fate: I am the Captain of my soul.”