Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their adopted black Labrador, Emma. She teaches courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons College.
When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of My Very UnFairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and My Sort Of Fairy Tale Ending, all published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the first book in Anna’s next tween series, The Dirt Diary, in January 2014, and stay tuned for her picture books, Power Down, Little Robot and Dogosaurus Rex, both forthcoming from Henry Holt.
This or That
TV or Movies?
I love a good movie, but since I’m usually doing ten things at once, TV is more my speed.
Hot or Cold?
Hot. Being cold is the worst!
Black or White?
75% of my wardrobe is black.
Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely early bird.
Print or Ebook?
Either is fine by me–although I do love the way books smell.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate for life!
Horror or Romance?
Both in one book, please!
Pizza or Pasta?
How about pasta on top of pizza? 🙂
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, of course, given my “chocolate for life” motto.
Sweet or Salty?
Summer or Winter?
Summer is the best! Remember how I hate being cold?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter never gets old.
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
I’m totally Type A, so planning ahead is a must.
PC or Mac?
At the risk of angering the Mac crowd, PC.
Cats or Dogs?
I can feel my dog staring at me as I answer this question. Haha. Definitely dogs.
Apples or Oranges?
Depends on my mood, but usually apples.
Facebook or Twitter?
I’m on both, but Facebook feels more personal.
Truth or Dare?
Truth, I guess, but how about we play a different game instead?
Text or Talk?
I hate texting but I’m also not a big fan of phone calls. I like email.
Introvert or Extrovert?
Introvert unless you get me around fellow writers–then I won’t shut up!
Happily ever after? Yeah, right.
Jenny’s search for her parents leads her to Fairyland, a rundown amusement park filled with creepily happy fairies and disgruntled leprechauns. Despite the fairies’ kindness, she knows they are keeping her parents from her. If only they would stop being so happy all the time-it’s starting to weird her out! With the help of a fairy-boy and some rebellious leprechauns, Jenny finds a way to rescue her parents, but at the expense of putting all magical worlds in danger. Now Jenny must decide how far she is willing to go to put her family back together.