Today I’m taking part in the Cinder & Ella Blog Tour to promote the release of Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram. My review will follow in another post so that you can instead concentrate on reading this wonderful guest post by Kelly talking about why she decided to write a Cinderella Story. I was excited to be included since I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Kelly Oram so far, including Cinder & Ella. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy getting to know more about it as well.
So keep reading for her guest post on Why Cinderella followed by information on the book. You can also find out about a giveaway if you keep reading.
Why write a Cinderella story? It’s been done a hundred times. Why create one more retelling that will just get lost in the shuffle and have to work hard to compete with the dozens of brilliant adaptations already out there? The answer is easy: because I wanted to. The market, and my audience may influence my decisions on what to write a little bit, (they have to if I want to be successful) but, ultimately, when I write, I write for myself. And I wanted to write a Cinderella story. I’ve always loved Cinderella. It’s been my favorite fairy tale since I was a little girl. Once I started writing, I always knew that someday I would take my own spin on the story; it was just a matter of how I wanted to do it.
Cinderella doesn’t have to be just a story about a poor, down-on-her-luck girl who gets rescued by an amazing, perfect prince. Don’t get me wrong, that’s my favorite part of the story no matter how you retell it, but when it’s done right, it can be so much more than that. If you can dig deeper than the “she’s hot” and “he’s rich and can get me away from my stepfamily” angles, you have the potential to create a very powerful and emotional romance from the “Cinderella” and “Prince” characters. Cinderella is a story about two people from completely different worlds who, from all outward appearances, have nothing in common, and yet they find solace in one another. At least, that’s how I’ve always seen it, and that’s what I tried to accomplish with my version of it.
Cinder & Ella is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, about two people who escape the pressures of their vastly different realities through an anonymous online friendship. Ella is a girl who was left scarred and handicapped after a terrible car accident, while Brian is the hottest up and coming Hollywood actor. One seemingly has nothing, and the other everything. Both are always being judged and treated by their peers based on their circumstances rather than who they are as people. They build such a strong relationship with one another because online, with the anonymity, they can finally be themselves without the stigmas that constantly plague them in their everyday lives.
Cinderella is such an epic romance, and I really wanted to do it justice. I’m usually a little “fluffier” with my books—and, don’t worry, Cinder & Ella still has plenty of fluffy parts to it—but I wanted more from this book than the cute, fun stories I normally write. I wanted it to be deeper. I really wanted people to feel it. I think that’s why I chose to make my characters a little older than most of my other books, and why I chose to add a little more drama and depth to it. I didn’t want to give people just another fun Cinderella story. I wanted to write something that would stand out. A story that, if you took the Cinderella element away from it, could still stand on its own.
I put my whole heart into this book, and I really feel that I’ve written the best possible Cinderella story I was capable of. I honestly love it and think it might be my favorite of all the books I’ve written so far. I’m proud of it, and proud to join the ranks of all the other Cinderella retellings out there. Hopefully people will love it as much as I do!
About Kelly Oram:
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat named Mr. Darcy.
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
To find the other stops on the tour and to enter to win the signed Kelly Oram contemporary collection be sure to head over to Kelly’s website here.