September 26th, 2009

Introducing 2011 Debut Author: Maurissa Guibord

Name: Maurissa Guibord

Title: Warped
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date:  Spring 2011


Things get weird after Tessa Brody's father buys a dusty old unicorn tapestry at an auction. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too. One day she pulls a silver thread from the tapestry and releases the unicorn. Only he isn’t one at all. He’s William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth century English nobleman with gorgeous eyes, a weird accent and haughty attitude to spare. Will was trapped in the tapestry by Gray Lily, a sorceress who stole the thread of his life and relies on its energy for her eternal youth. Now Gray Lily wants her unicorn back and she’ll do anything to get him.


If that isn’t bad enough “his lordship” de Chaucy seems to think Tessa is someone she’s not: the girl who trapped him so long ago in the forest. Despite the sparky chemistry between them he seems to have the strange idea that she’ll be his undoing once more. Maybe she will. Because there’s a connection, an attraction to Will that Tessa can’t deny. She’s even beginning to dream about events in a forest of long ago. Or is she reliving them? But Tessa knows one thing for sure. She could never be some heartless twit of a virgin who would trap a unicorn.


What made you decide to be a writer?
Basically being an avid reader led me here. I discovered getting lost in a book in seventh grade when I read The Three Musketeers. For some reason that book just hit me- the adventure, romance, the honor and friendship of it just swept me away. In the last ten years or so I've been trying to write stories that can do that, to some small degree.
Favorite books/authors?
This is so fun to list! All the classic, gothic tales are favorites of mine: Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights. I also love mystery especially Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None- never to be topped).  And Arthur Conan Doyle- I go back to him again and again- he mastered the intriguing, odd hooks that lead you into a story like no other. C'mon -an ad in the paper for red-headed men? A guy who receives five orange seeds in the mail? All the witty romantic suspense by Mary Stewart. And Jules Verne too! Roahl Dahl I admire very much because he can made you giggle uncontrollably but also shiver. I also love Alice Hoffman, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Douglas Preston and Richard Childs, Elizabeth George, Gail Carson Levine, Karen Cushman, Louis Sachar. Most recently I've been awed by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I couldn't put it down.

Morning person or a night owl?
Morning&coffee= happy and upright
PC or mac?
PC for now but I am thinking of buying a mac
What did you have for dinner today?
I made cheese pizza from scratch for my kids- nothing too fancy

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.

1. I'm a Sagittarius

2. I have 11 year old triplets

3. I'm a doctor of medicine and was board certified in Internal Medicine but I don't practice anymore.

4. I miss medicine for the miraculous feeling of being able to use my brain to help someone who really needs help.

5. I got engaged on a beach in Cape Cod

6. I'm brave if I don't have time to think about it

7. I get migraines

8. I make a really good apple pie

9. I get writing ideas and resolutions to sticky plot problems in dreams, and in the shower. If I ever fall asleep in the shower, I'll write a bestseller.

10. I think I'm a really good judge of character, despite the fact that I've been proven wrong a couple of times. I still think I am.

11. I believe in God and think that something really cool is going to happen when I die.