If you’re tired of seeing the same fairytales retold over and over again, then today’s blog is for you. Today, we’re interviewing Princess Kora from Annie Sullivan’s debut young adult fairytale retelling A Touch of Gold. Princess Kora is the daughter of King Midas, and in order to save her kingdom, she has to face cutthroat pirates, thieves, and betrayals to bring back her father’s cursed gold after it’s stolen. She really has quite a story to tell in this truly unique retelling that will appeal to fans of Cinder and The Wrath and the Dawn.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Interviewer: It’s so nice to have you here. Can you tell us a little about yourself and where you live?
Kora: My name’s Kora, I’m seventeen, and I’m the Princess of Lagonia. You may not have heard of me, but you’ve probably heard of my father, King Midas. Yep, he’s the very same one who was cursed to turn everything he touched—including me—to gold. I was seven when he turned me into a golden statue, but I got transformed back into a living, breathing human being…with only a few minor side effects to show for it. But don’t believe all the rumors you’ve heard about me. I can’t turn things to gold just by looking at them, I don’t turn back into a golden statue at night, and I definitely don’t leave golden footprints wherever I walk. Honestly, where do people even get these ideas?
I: Wow! You were turned to gold as a child? Was it terrifying?
K: It was horrible. The gold clung to my skin and felt like it was melting through me over and over again. I couldn’t breathe or move or scream for help. I was stuck that way for days.
I: Earlier you mentioned some side effects. Care to elaborate?
K: The obvious one that people notice first is that I have golden skin. I try my best to hide it by wearing a veil, long sleeves, and gloves. Well, the gloves are mostly because…actually I can’t talk about that.
I also have some less obvious side effects. I don’t usually tell people this, but I can locate the other objects my father turned to gold. Whenever I close my eyes, I can sense where they are, like candles in the dark. That ability is the only reason I’m allowed to leave the palace to go out after the other golden objects when they get stolen.
I: Let’s talk about something a little happier then. What do you do for fun?
K: I daydream about leaving the palace since I haven’t been allowed to in years because of my…side effects. I’ve always wanted to go on an epic adventure and explore the world. My mother’s people were seafarers, and I’d love to follow in her footsteps.
I used to love dancing and fencing and learning about Lagonia’s history, but all my tutors left after I was turned to gold. I make up for it by reading what I can about the outside world.
I: What’s the most important thing to you?
K: It used to be my dad, and I still want it to be. It’s just that, well, we really don’t talk much anymore. After he turned me to gold, things just sort of fell apart between us. I wish I could find a way to bring us back together because after my mom died, he was my rock. I’m hoping if I can bring back my father’s gold, it will be the first step in bringing us closer—and I’ll face anything to bring it back, even pirates, thieves, and people who think my golden skin might be worth its weight in gold.
I: Wow! There’s a lot riding on your shoulders. I wish you the best of luck in your quest. Unfortunately, that’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for stopping by!
K: Thanks for having me. I look forward to everyone getting to read about my story when A Touch of Gold comes out August 14th, 2018.
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