FORTUNE’S FOLLY reads like an old-fashioned fairy tale, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. There’s a motherless main character (Fortunata), a doting father, enforced servitude to a villain, an impossible prophecy that must be fulfilled, and a handsome young prince. Luckily for contemporary readers, Nata is far more resourceful, imaginative, and brave than the heroines of the classics. There are twists and turns and breathless adventures. I loved it, and can’t wait to put it into the hands of every tween girl I know!
Kirkus Reviews agrees: "Readers will relish the clever allusions to stories from "Rapunzel" to "Cinderella," rendering the first line of this winning debut novel that much more terrific: "Life would have been much easier if I believed in fairy tales."
Deva likes searching for patterns, which is how she explains both her degree in mathematics and the echoes of old fairy-tales in her stories. She also loves tea, gardening, and playing the fiddle. She lives in Maine with her husband and her dog.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Read broadly, stay determined, write.
What are you reading right now?
THE CITY BY THE LAKE by Rachel Neumeier.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
The Doctor's Theme from the Dr Who soundtrack (inspiration for my current sf writing project!).
Five things you would do with $100,000.
I'd take vacations: Take a walking tour of the English countryside and pretend to be a Hobbit in the Shire. Sail around the Greek Islands and then go see Delphi and Meteora. Visit Istanbul, Pammakule, and Cappadocia, Turkey. Take a cruise down the Nile and see the Pyramids. Take a pastry and hot chocolate tour of Prague and Vienna.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
My first two books are middle grade fantasy but the project I am working on now is science fiction.
Dogs or cats?
What’s your cure for the blues?
Camping or four-star hotel?
Snorkeling or skiing?
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
Yes, sometimes I wish I was an Astronomer.
Tell us something weird about you.
I only like the taste of mint in toothpaste or savory foods.
Ocean or lake?
Spring or fall?
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Total Eclipse of the Heart.
Last book you gave as a gift.
The Hunger Games.
Your five favorite movies.
The Empire Strikes Back
The Princess Bride
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Beach or mountains?
In Maine we have both all at once!
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Deva!