Meet the Apocalypsies #2 – Marissa Burt

I’m excited to host debut author Marissa Burt on the blog today.  Marissa is part of the debut authors group who all have books being released in 2012 called The Apocalypsies.  When I first heard about Marissa’s book, Storybound, I got really excited because it sounds like my perfect book, especially since my favourite children’s book is Inkheart. Here is Marissa to tell you all about her book, Storybound.


In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain.  They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible.  But that all changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale.  Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity.  The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move.  And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself…

With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic.  Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world.  Released 3 April 2012

STORY INSPIRATION: You know the feeling where you come to the end of a great book and are sad to say farewell to your character friends?  Well, I hate those kinds of goodbyes.  Besides, I always imagined the characters carrying on without me, going about their business even when nosy readers aren’t spying on them.  And I wondered what would happen if a girl from our world stumbled into theirs.  So I wrote that story.

If I found myself in the land of Story, I’d like to think I’d be cast as a Lady, but I have my own sneaking suspicions that villainy might be quite interesting.  I would hope to be placed in the Fantasy District.  Fairy tales, magical creatures, heroic quests: yes, please!  Besides, most of the Fantasy students get to live in Birchwood Hall, a whimsical woodland tree-house.  How fun it would be to sit by an outdoor fireplace with Peter and Una – sipping cocoa, eating blackbird tarts, and plotting out how to save Story!

What about you?  If you could be written into a story, which one would you choose?


BIO: Marissa Burt writes middle-grade fantasy and is represented by Laura Langlie of the Laura Langlie Literary Agency.  She was forever getting notes sent home from teachers for reading novels during class.  She now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three sons.  You can visit Marissa online at

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