Now let's start off with a few questions I just had to ask Shelli...
Can you please tell us about your latest/upcoming book(s)?
Well, this one is a flirt inspired by the world of Wonderland. I loved the Lewis Carroll books as a kid, so it was great fun to be able to set my own world in that world and put my own interpretation on it.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
In the original books we never actually meet Mary Ann, she is just mentioned when the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for her. It got me thinking about who she was, what she was doing in Wonderland, how did she get there, and her story almost formed in front of me. The Cat, in the way that all cats do, strolled himself into the book, and, well, let's just say it would take a stronger person than me to turn him away!
Who is your ultimate "book boy/girlfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
Oh dear, how long have you got? I must admit I fall a little in love with all my heroes – I figure that's hopefully normal, as if you aren't drooling over your heroes then you can't expect anyone else to! I also totally love J.R.Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (Zsadist and Wrath in particular!) and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters.
Who is your Celebrity crush? And what would you do if you ever meet them?
I may have a (very slight) Tom Hiddleston obsession. I tend to be quite an introvert in real life though, if I did meet one of my crushes I would have no idea what to say so would probably mumble pathetically and then kick myself later for all the fabulous things I should have said. On the whole I tend to obsess over authors rather than movie stars though, I'm terrible for fan-girling at book signings.
If you could collaborate with another author on a secret project, who would you pick to work with and why?
Ooh, that's a tough one! I think I would find it quite hard to co-write with someone else, just because my writing process is so entrenched in my own head. Hypothetically though, authors I really admire and would love to work with include Neil Gaiman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jim Butcher and Terry Goodkind.
Follow the White Rabbit by Shelli Rosewarne
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In Wonderland the strange and magical is everyday, but when a woman who can't remember her own name meets a shape-shifting cat, anything can happen.
Mary Ann doesn't remember her life before she wandered into the Woods of Forgetfulness. She doesn't remember who she was, where she came from, or even her real name—and she's given up on anyone coming to look for her. Now, she works for the White Rabbit, and if she's not deliriously happy at least her life is content.
Until, that is, she comes across a Cheshire Cat, a rare shape-shifter, who may be about to turn her life upside down.
In Wonderland, things are rarely what they seem.
He put a finger underneath her chin, his touch light but firm as he forced her head up to meet his gaze. Mary Ann shifted uncomfortably.
"I think so. I don't really know," she whispered, and when his brow rose in query, she added in a rush. "I lost my memory in the Woods of Forgetfulness, I don't know who I am, or where I come from, or even what my real name is. Everything before I went in there is just a blank."
His face softened suddenly. "Surely, someone is looking for you then?"
Mary Ann was embarrassed to feel tears burn her eyes, and she squeezed them shut. "If anyone was looking for me then they would have found me by now. Obviously no one cares."
The silence stretched out, and she forced herself to open her eyes, needing to see his face, though half-expecting there to be disgust etched on it. She was pathetic; apparently she couldn't even do a one-night stand without fucking it up before it even started. He was staring at her, but the look on his face was odd and unreadable.
"I'm sorry," she whispered. "I just feel so alone sometimes, I think I'm going mad."
A small smile curved his full lips. "We're all mad here, little mouse."
She found herself reluctantly smiling back. Perhaps he was right. His smile suddenly broadened into that wide grin.
"I think perhaps you need to see something strange and beautiful."
Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had two stand alone novellas published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she's having to pinch herself as well! She's currently lucky enough to live in Edinburgh, where she can be constantly inspired by Scottish folklore and see castles every day. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.
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