The Loves of Cinderella is not a mystery and therefore a word is in order about how this book came to be. A Hollywood Entertainment Company in the process of assembling the resources to film one of my mysteries contacted me with a proposal. They had a project concerning the iconic story of Cinderella which they wanted to turn into a film. However, it had been languishing on the back burner awaiting developmental attention. Having enjoyed my previous books which have been optioned, they asked if I would create a unique and contemporary version of Cinderella that would resonate with today’s viewing public.
Cinderella is a European folk tale which has been around for centuries. This beloved masterpiece is known around the world and has been translated into hundreds of languages in hundreds of countries. It has also been interpreted in scores of operas, ballets, books, theatrical productions, films, television, and songs. There is something timeless about a virtuous and innocent heroine whose talents and skills are unrecognized but who achieves success after a period of obscurity and neglect by overcoming obstacles through determination and dedication to her ideals.
Coming up with a new treatment of this revered fairy tale was a daunting challenge, but I prepared a proposal and submitted it to the project’s producers for their consideration. Their approval was quickly forthcoming and I was instructed to proceed with writing the novel which is serving as the basis for the movie’s screenplay. This novel is the result of that effort.
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