When I was a little girl we used to have a weekly family cleaning day. Tasks would be given out, a scrubbing frenzy would ensue, and we’d all enjoy the satisfaction of a nice orderly space. Now that I’m a mom, I wonder how long this sparkling splendor actually lasted, because around here things stay clean for twenty minutes. Tops.
At any rate, we lived in a two-story house, so my responsibilities kept me running up and down the stairs. I didn’t mind this at all, because (and this is why I always feel the need to preface blog posts with the label, “Confession”) I would always pause on the landing for a nice freeze-frame shot. You know, the bits at the beginning of “Full House” or “Family Ties” or “Murder She Wrote” (TGIF!), where the camera stops and the actor is caught mid-grin in some charming pose? Exactly.
I have no idea what my parents thought of this little person posing on the stair landing, cleaning tools in hand, but I sure had a blast. In case Hollywood ever came calling, wanting to document our family’s antics on a sitcom, I was ready. So when my editor e-mailed last month to ask if I’d be interested in doing some author videos, I had a moment of adult-Marissa-introversion-panic. But I was able to dig down deep and find that other part of me, so here you go:
The inspiration for STORYBOUND:
Best Fairy-Tale Villain Award (Who would YOU pick?):
Best Fairy-Tale Hero Award (Who would YOU pick?):
A little silliness and make-believe. Welcome to Perrault Academy: