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Many of us have fond memories of listening to fairy tales as children. We’ve seen a few fairy tale retellings recently (Lisa Flickinger’s Ella and Darlene Franklin’s Mermaid’s Song to mention the most recent two). I am happy to have Christina Lorenzen visiting today to share a fairy tale retelling of her own, Rapunzel’s Lighthouse. Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
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Georgie Daniels rarely leaves the cottage attached to the Salt Cliffs lighthouse, except when necessary for a trip into town for food. For the last two years, since the lighthouse was declared a historic landmark, she’s lived in the cottage out of sight and, she hopes, out of the minds of the town. With the defunct lighthouse in arrears and in disrepair, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse will be on the auction block of the town hall’s steps. With long hair that no one has seen before, except in the fabled fairy tale Rapunzel, things were going well until new neighbor Colby Ford shows up on her doorstep.
Colby Ford didn’t intend to retire from the Navy, at least not right now. When he finds himself with an injury that pushes him into an early retirement, the possibility of opening a sailing school in the coastal town of Salt Cliffs is his only hope. Renting the Moore cottage, he needs to find the right location for his school and a place to store the boats. While in town, a conversation with a store keeper makes his curiosity about the lighthouse burn even stronger – what kind of woman lives alone in a defunct lighthouse? In need of paint for the cottage porch, he pays Georgie a visit. Feeling like he’s seen her before, that’s when it hits him – Georgie Daniels is a real life Rapunzel. And this Rapunzel wants nothing to do with being neighborly. Until she’s forced to save him during a storm.
Georgie and Colby have both had their share of disappointments and heartache. Just as Georgie is beginning to open up to him, a letter she finds threatens to shut her down again. Can their shared desperate need for a home bring them together?
Welcome back, Christina! What inspired you to write Rapunzel’s Lighthouse?
Rapunzel’s Lighthouse is part of the Happily Ever After collection my publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, decided to put out. When the collection was announced, I knew right away I had to write a modern retelling of Rapunzel. As a child it was my favorite fairy tale that my grandmother would tell me on the nights she would babysit for me. The story brings back a lot of memories for me. The entire time I wrote it, I enjoyed a trip down memory lane, remembering those wonderful nights my grandmother would perch at the end of my bed and tell the story.
I love those warm childhood memories! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Well, like a lot of other little girls, Rapunzel was my favorite and in this story I’m very fond of my heroine, Georgie Daniels. She’s a mix of so many traits – she’s brave, but she also longs for someone to protect like her deceased father did. She’s tough but she’s loving and caring. I will say that I do love my ex-Navy hero Colby too. This story will always be close to my heart and I have the paperback copy on my desk to admire as I work.
Somehow completed projects are always motivating. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Although Colby, the hero, is my favorite hero so far, I will say that I had fun with Gigi, the blue haired petite hairdresser in the story. It might be fun to pay a visit to Salt Cliffs again and let Gigi find her prince charming.
That does sound fun! Why did you choose this particular setting for your retelling, and have you been there?
I love lighthouses. I think I get my love for them from my mother who collects lighthouse figurines. I picked the coast of Maine because I wanted to include some erratic weather scenes in this story. As a child, my family spent a lot of time in New England because my grandparents lived in Massachusetts. I’ve only spent a little time in Maine, but I’ve been wanting to go again for years.
There are certainly a lot of lighthouses along the Atlantic coast to choose from. Did you do any traveling for research? If so, could you tell us about it?
Unfortunately, my traveling is limited right now, so unless it’s a story set in New York state where I live I don’t travel for research. I tend to use past memories of locations, google earth and a lot of help from so many friends in so many great locations.
The internet has certainly opened many doors for research! Do you have personal experience with any of the events in your story, and if so, could you share about that?
The only personal experience I might be able to say would be that my uncle, like Colby, is a retired Navy man. I have spent time exploring lighthouses, but I have yet to live in one. But I wouldn’t say no if I had the chance 🙂
That would be an interesting experience, I’m sure! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Christina!
Your turn! Would you want to live in a lighthouse if you were given the opportunity?
More about Christina:
Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-to-‑door saleswoman.
Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. Rapunzel’s Lighthouse, a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, is her sixth book. She is also the author of A Husband for Danna, its sequel, A Wife for Humphrey, Snow Globe Reunion and Harvest Blessings, and the historical romance, Healing Seas. Her next book, The Seashell Beach Inn, will release in August 2017. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.
You can connect with Christina online:
Author facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaLorenzenAuthor/
Rapunzel’s Lighthouse Giveaway:
Christina has graciously offered to give away a copy of Rapunzel’s Lighthouse (paperback or ebook, winner’s choice). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.