Melanie Cellier

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I grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although I got older I never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels. I always wanted to write one myself but it took three careers and three different continents before I actually managed it.

I now feel incredibly fortunate to spend my time writing from my home in Canberra, Australia where I live with my husband and daughter and where we don’t have a beach but do have kangaroos hopping down the streets. My staple diet hasn’t changed much, although I've added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

I’m currently working on the
Four Kingdoms series which is made up of standalone young adult fairy tale retellings. Check out the Books tab for more info.

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The Princess Companion
Q&A

Q.
What draws you to this genre?
A. The Princess Companion is a young adult fairy tale retelling. I love the fantasy and romance of fairy tale retellings and their ability to whisk you away to another world. And I love young adult novels because it's such an exciting age with so many challenges but also so much hope and enthusiasm.

Q. What is the inspiration for the story?
A. The Princess Companion is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea. I chose this fairy tale because it isn't commonly adapted but I find all the unanswered questions fascinating. Why the obsession with a true princess? And since when is physical sensitivity the test of royalty?

Q. Tell us about the cover and the inspiration for it.
A. The cover is inspired by a scene in the book. Alyssa spends quite a bit of time in libraries throughout the novel and on one occasion she ends up sleeping in one of the chairs in the library, wearing a ball gown. But you'll have to read the book to find out why!