Fairy tales and princesses seem to play an important role in most little girls’ lives. Dressing up, twirling and singing, and watching their favorites on repeat. I only have one daughter, but she wasn’t immune either, to the chagrin of her three brothers!
Little princesses grow up, but many of us still enjoy a good fairy tale! I am happy to have Lisa Flickinger visiting with us today to share her new novella, Ella. Before we begin, here’s a quick look at the story, whose basic premise may sound similar to a familiar favorite!
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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Thomas Bailey, withdrawn from active duty in the Foreign Service, struggles with a moral issue he must resolve if he wishes to keep his position.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, 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 woman. 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 through time when life was simpler … or was it?
Welcome back, Lisa! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
While choosing my hero, the steadfast Mr. Thomas Bailey, I decided I needed a reason for him to be returning from overseas. I happened upon a Foreign Service Officer and in 1870 they would have been stationed out of Washington, D.C. I would love to go there some day.
There is so much history to explore in that area! If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
I would absolutely love to live in the late, eighteen hundreds. So far, all three of my novels have been during this time period. I collect antiques from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as well. Although, I might have glamourized the lack of washing machines, dishwashers, cars, etc. in my dreams.
That is definitely a consideration… Along with computers and smartphones and… 😉 Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
My favourite character in Ella is Egbertha (Eggie, Bertha) one of the ugly stepsisters. She’s creative, self-serving, and manipulative yet for some reason I’m attached. She ended up being a lot more layered than I expected when I first sat down to write. Unfortunately, —oops, sorry, I can’t tell you. It would spoil everything.
Now I’m curious to know more about this Egbertha! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
Ella carries a couple of themes throughout the novella. It takes a look at how we, as Christians, take things into our own hands when the Lord doesn’t step in soon enough for our liking. Ella, the heroine pays a heavy price for her preemptive actions. Thomas Bailey also has to examine his heart regarding the Lord’s forgiveness.
I’d like the readers to think about waiting on the Lord and how we view other people’s transgressions.
Ouch! That’s a tough one! Wait = patience, and I think a lot of us struggle with that. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
I’ve been to a lot of places, but the next big trip I would like to take would be to Africa. Isn’t it everyone’s dream to take in an African Safari? I have a friend who leases the source of the Nile and runs a rustic hotel and garden on the site. It seems like it would be a romantic destination.
That would be quite an experience! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Lisa!
Your turn! Imagine you are going to go on an African Safari. What would you most hope to see?
More about Lisa:
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 or https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-J-Flickinger-1633168346966190/
Lisa has graciously offered to give away an ebook copy of Ella. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.