Friday, June 27, 2014

Cinderella of the Day: Clara Diane Thompson

And the Five Glass Slippers Tour continues! Today I am excited to feature another talented storyteller on A Curious Thrill. Welcome, Clara Diane Thompson!

I am quite eager to get my hands on Clara’s story “The Moon Master’s Ball.” But I won’t say anymore. Read on to learn about the tale for yourself.
About “The Moon Master’s Ball” by Clara Diane Thompson

After her terrifying experience there several years ago, the one place young housemaid Tilly longs to avoid is Bromley’s Circus. But when kindly Lord Hollingberry begs her to deliver a message to the mysterious Moon Master hidden away among the circus dwellers, Tilly can’t refuse . . . and finds herself ensnared in a web of enchantment cast by the loathsome Mrs. Carlisle and her beautiful goddaughter.

About Clara Diane Thompson

Clara Diane Thompson lives in the swamps of Louisiana with her loving family, dashing dog, and a very confused frog that resides in the birdhouse outside her window. Aside from writing she enjoys playing guitar, singing, Broadway plays (particularly The Phantom of the Opera), ballet, tea with friends, and long BBC movies. An enchanted circus may or may not appear occasionally in her back yard.

You can find out more about Clara and her writing on her blog:


Q: From what juicy tidbits I've gleaned thus far, "The Moon Master's Ball" seems to be filled with a magical circus, enigmatic characters, and riveting tension. Just how I like a good story. How do you go about creating this mood while also allowing your story to ring true with both the original tale and your readers? 

I knew I wanted this to be a somewhat frightening story, so the autumnal atmosphere that I placed around the story just seemed right. The shadows seem to shift differently in autumn, and everything just appears to be a bit more magical. But autumn cannot only be a cold time; it can also be very cozy and warm, giving people the chance to bundle up in their cottage with a cup of cider in front of a crackling fire. This is the mood I started off with: scary, cold, but warm at the same time, and threw the ingredients of a story in with that atmosphere, keeping every aspect of the story true to those three elements. Scary, cold, but warm.

I also thought that the story needed to be such a tangled mass of mysteries that no reader could figure out. So, I wrote a story that wound up being eerie and autumnal, warm and cozy, and a mystery. I had great fun writing it, and to tell you the truth, the mood and the characters just fell in to place as I wrote the story.
What a thought provoking question, Rebecca! I really enjoyed answering it.

Thanks so much, Clara! Autumn is my favorite season, and I think you just captured one of the reasons I like it. I think I can safely say that we are all excited to discover how your chilling yet cozy mystery unfolds.  


Tour Schedule

Friday, June 27th | Cinderella of the Day: Clara Diane Thompson
·         A Curious Thrill
·         Blooming with Books
·         Fictionally
·         Flowers of Quiet Happiness + Review
·         Jenelle Schmidt
·         Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
·         Tales of Goldstone Wood
·         The Wonderings of One Person
·         Vonnie’s Reading Corner

Saturday, June 28th | Giveaway Winner Announced at Seasons of Humility

About the Collection


What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?

Here is Cinderella as you have never met her before, wearing glass slippers and off on unforgettable adventures!

Available now in paperback and Kindle formats!

The Five Glass Slippers collection will be on sale for only $.99 in Kindle format for the duration of the blog tour (June 23-28)! 

Here’s your chance to be Cinderella of the ball! One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Five Glass Slippers, several Cinderella-themed items (including a bookmark crafted by Belle on a Budget, a journal, and a DVD copy of the Disney movie), as well as special gifts handpicked by a few of the collection’s authors (a glass slipper cookie cutter with recipe, freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, and an Apple Tree Inn cup and saucer). This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

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  1. Thanks again for asking this awesome question and being a part of the tour!

    Btw, I haven't forgotten about that interview on Anne Elisabeth's blog about your work-in-progress...I still look forward to the day when I can pull your book off of a shelf and read it! :D

    1. Thank YOU, Clara! It was such fun to learn more about "The Moon Master's Ball."

  2. Great question, Rebecca! Thank you for participating in the tour this week!

    And Clara, I so loved that you set the story in autumn. "The shadows seem to shift differently in autumn" - yes! Beautifully described, and very true. :)


  3. Rebecca, I love your blog!! I've nominated you for the Liebster blog award. :) You can found out more at my blog article on the award:

    Ciera @ The Write Things