Lost by Ron Vitale
What happened to Cinderella after she married the prince? Did she truly live "happily ever after"?
This is the first book in the Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries series. Lost will captivate readers who love fiction filled with fantasy and magic. The Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series is a perfect match for fans who have read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Everyone knows the fairy tale of Cinderella and the glass slipper, but in this Cinderella retelling, what happened to her after she married the Prince?
Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her new life. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother's death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, and the witch Renée also take notice in her and suddenly her world is turned upside down.
Find out if Cinderella does find her happily ever after in Lost, the dark and intriguing first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series!
Interview with the author from Digital Book Today:
Ron Vitale turns the fairy tale on its head with a dark and twisted look into the private life of Cinderella and her struggle to find happily ever after in a world of magic and politics. Drawing rave reviews for its creepy and original imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries, and its sequels, Stolen and Found, are available in print and ebook through Amazon.
Question: What inspired you to write Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries?
Answer: My young daughter. Four years ago, my daughter was nearly three years old, and she was infatuated with Princesses and anything pink. While reading to her one night, a question popped into my head: What happens after the happily ever after? I started to think about that and then realized that I had an idea I could sink my teeth into. After Cinderella marries the Prince, the story ends, but I wanted to go beyond that and show Cinderella’s struggle after she was married. I just used my imagination and let it run wild, and my readers have connected with what I’ve come up with in my series.
Question: What’s your book about?
Answer: The book is about Cinderella’s coming to terms with her identity. All her life she’s been forced to do what she’s been told, and it’s taken a toll on her. Now she’s at a point in her young life in which she has to decide where she wants to go in life and who to be. If I could boil my book down to one phrase, it’s simply that women do not have to wait to be rescued by men. Women can rescue themselves. There’s no need to wait for a man to save them.
Question: Tell us a little about your main character.
Answer: Cinderella is young and still innocent. She’s married to the Prince but is still trying to find her voice and identity. Now a member of the royal court of England in the late 1700s, Cinderella has tremendous pressure on her to perform and carry the heir to the throne. She’s timid, unsure of herself, and searching for a friend to help her find her way.
All along, Cinderella looks to others to save her, but slowly she realizes that her Fairy Godmother cannot always be at her side. She needs to find other sources of support to help her deal with tremendous challenges before she loses her way. She desperately searches to find the magic that once saved her from her stepmother and hopes that she can once again be saved. But in her innocence, she stumbles upon a secret that turns her life upside down and causes her to question all that she knows.