Horrifa's Magic Makeover
by Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D
Suggested Interview Questions
"Really, Mother? Really?" Horrifa's mind was racing with possibilities. "If I had my own powders and creams, do you think I could be hideous, too?"
Chapter Two-Potions, Powders and Creams
1. What gave you the idea for Horrifa's Magic Makeover?
2. Who do you think will most enjoy reading about Horrifa's misadventures? Who is your target audience?
3. Did you pattern Horrifa's relationship with Dragunda on any relationships in your own life? How would you characterize this mother/daughter relationship?
4. Why is it important for Horrifa to learn to be true to herself? Do you think readers of the book will pick up on and apply this message?
5. What would you say to parents who are concerned about "witchcraft?" Is Horrifa's Magic Makeover appropriate for all audiences?
6. What helps you most in creating the type of vivid imagery in your writing that brings Horrifa's Magic Makeover to life?
7. How can educators like yourself best help students develop a love of reading? What about Horrifa's Magic Makeover do you think readers will enjoy most?
8. Where did you get the clever ideas for Horrifa's dress and the potions she uses to transform herself into a blond-haired, blue-eyed mortal?
9. What type of emotional reaction are you hoping to create in young readers who pick up this book?
10. In what ways, if any, were you like Horrifa as a young girl? How do you think young readers from all walks of life will relate to Horrifa?
11. What was most difficult about writing this book? What flowed most freely?
12. Do you have plans to create a Horrifa series? What's next on your writing agenda?
ABOUT THE BOOK
Horrifa, a headstrong young witch, has her heart set on attending a mortal ball, hosted by a handsome prince at his nearby castle. Although her mother, Dragunda, is appalled that a sorceress would aspire to mortality, Dragunda finally agrees to help her fairytale-struck daughter transform herself into a blond haired, blue-eyed "beauty," complete with a "lacy" pink gown. As Horrifa's Magic Makeover unfolds, Dragunda's spellbound innovation results in complete pandemonium-dashing Horrifa's hopes to meet the prince of her dreams. Despite her disappointment, Horrifa finally realizes that being true to herself-scales, warts and all-is more important than her mortal ambitions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her career spanning 32 years, Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D., a retired Arizona-based educator, taught first grade in Holbrook and provided remedial reading instruction to elementary and junior high school students in Flagstaff. She also worked with remedial readers in the Cartwright District in Phoenix, and she has instructed adult learners at both Chapman University and Arizona State University West.
An accomplished essayist and novelist, Krueger has been pursuing writing in multiple genres for more than 20 years. In 2011, her first book, Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, was published as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project and was the winner for published children’s literature in the Arizona Authors Association 2011 Literary contest. When she's not writing or volunteering as a master docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, Krueger enjoys travelling, quilting, gardening, genealogy and reading. A Northern California native, Krueger has spent most of her life in the Grand Canyon State and is a long-time resident of Phoenix.
WHAT MAKES HORRIFA'S MAGIC MAKEOVER UNIQUE?
While most fairytales involve humans trying to transcend mortality, Horrifa is the other way around. Hoping to pass as a mortal, Horrifa engages the help of her mother as she casts spells and concocts potions designed to transform herself into a blond-haired, blue-eyed young woman. What makes the story most unique, however, is how it weaves important life lessons into the misadventures Horrifa and her mother, Dragunda, share as they prepare for the ball. Ultimately, mother and daughter draw closer as Horrifa learns that being true to herself is more important than attending a castle party to impress a group of mere mortals.
EXCERPT FROM HORRIFA'S MAGIC MAKEOVER
Chapter Eleven-A Wild Carriage Ride
"Mother!" squealed Horrifa as she was thrown back against the cushions. "You did it! You did it! You have stolen a carriage!"
"Certainly not," gasped Dragunda in a flutter of feathers as she flew in the side window and settled herself next to Horrifa. "This owl spell has certainly come in handy today. As for the carriage, we have merely borrowed it for a while. I am sure those nice girls will get a ride to the ball in the next carriage that comes along. We'll return this coach to them, good as new, after the ball. How could you even think I would steal? We aren't those kind of witches!" Dragunda panted as they bounced along in the swaying carriage. "Do hang on tight, dear!"
Web site: http://www.HorrifaAdventures.com
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Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.
Date Published: 2012
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