Author Interview with Shantelle Mary Hannu



A Dream Not Imagined: A Cinderella Story

By Shantelle Mary Hannu

Synopsis from Amazon:

A Maid, a Prince, and a Duke. A Gardener, a Stepmother, and a secret… 

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after. 
But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince. 

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince. 

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

About the Author

Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States. 

A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.

A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.

Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on: 

What gave you the idea for this book?

The story randomly came to me … I wrote it participating in a writing contest.

Why did you choose to write about Cinderella instead of a different fairy tale?

The contest that I wrote A Dream Not Imagined for was specifically a Cinderella retelling writing contest. So after it was announced that we must create retellings of Cinderella, I got to work writing about a maid who lived with her wicked stepmother … the uniqueness and plot came pretty much as I wrote.

What was your favorite chapter or part to write and why?

The blissfully happy parts … the epilogue. I like writing scenes filled with fun and joy. And also concluding a story in a satisfying and beautiful way is always so delightful for me!

Why did you choose the theme of dreams?

Hope is so important. Dreaming big can be good too. I didn’t really plan this theme when I first started writing, but bits and pieces of my life and experiences often find themselves in my stories … so yeah, I started exploring a young woman’s dreams and God’s plans.

What is your favorite retelling of Cinderella (short story, book, or movie) and why?

Oh my … hmm. I think I have to go with the live-action movie, Cinderella {2015}. I love Ella’s sweet spirit. The beautiful dresses. How goodness triumphs over selfishness and bitterness. It’s simply so gorgeous, happy, and satisfying.

Thank you for joining us Shantelle! 

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