Today, we are so pleased to be kicking off the official blog tour for Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley, a charming new middle grade book that’s described as a mix between “Big Fish, The Night Circus, and Roald Dahl.”
We’ll have more about the book later in this post, but first, here is our exclusive Q&A with author Cassie Beasley:
Micah Tuttle wants to save his grandpa’s life, but first he must find Circus Mirandus and the magician who owes his grandpa a miracle.
Micah and his Grandpa Ephraim believe in magic. Do you believe in magic? Where/how do you see magic in the world?
Of course I believe in magic! Or at least I believe in a certain kind of it. 🙂
My favorite magic in the book is actually the magic between Micah and Jenny Mendoza because that’s something we can find (and create ourselves) in the real world. It’s a sort of magic when two people who are very different and who disagree on something so important are willing to accept each other and meet in the middle. Jenny doesn’t believe in Circus Mirandus. Micah does. But neither one of them lets that get in the way of their growing friendship.
The Man Who Bends Light—the magician who promised Grandpa Ephraim a miracle when he was a boy—came first, I guess, if only by a millisecond, and the circus built itself around him. I knew I wanted to write about Micah and his grandfather and this magical encounter that changed both of their lives. The circus and the Lightbender go hand in hand. When I started fleshing out the world of the circus even more, I based the setting on the various magicians who inhabit it.
Not all authors set out to write for children and young adults — but you did! What inspires you to write for younger readers?
To some extent, it’s a matter of going along with the story that chooses you. Most of the ideas that come to me when I’m daydreaming are better suited to younger audiences. I also think it’s important to write what you most love, and I happen to love YA and MG novels!
The movie rights for CIRCUS MIRANDUS sold even before the book came out – congrats! We know selling the movie rights doesn’t always mean a movie will be made — but assuming the best, what is one moment from the book you’re most anticipating seeing brought to life?
Thank you! It’s so exciting! The part I’m most looking forward to is too spoilery to share here, but the runner-up has to be the moment when the circus first appears. It’s preceded by a fierce wind, and then the younger version of Ephraim sees it for the first time. I want to see it with him. I want to hear the music calling me toward it. I don’t know what it might feel like to see the circus brought to life on screen, but I can’t imagine it being anything less than purely magical.
Cruella de Vil (the book version)
Pen or pencil?
Pen! Preferably blue.
Favorite piece of clothing?
Not to brag or anything, but I have a pajama set covered in Weeping Angels and TARDISes. And if any Doctor Who fans out there know for sure how to pluralize TARDIS, that is information I need in my life.
Song you can’t get out of your head right now?
“Polaroid” by Imagine Dragons
Most recent vacation?
I went on a writing retreat with my sister to Jekyll Island, Georgia! I’m not much of a beachgoer, so I spent most of the time sitting on the porch under the live oak trees.
5 things that are always in your purse
Hand sanitizer. Cell phone. Lipstick. Ear plugs because I like to go to the movies, but the local theater keeps the volume so high that the seats vibrate. And pens of course. You can never have too many pens.
Thanks, Cassie, for stopping by. Circus Mirandus is in stores tomorrow. Here’s more about it:
Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.
Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.
The only problem is, the Lightbender doesn’t want to keep his promise. And now it’s up to Micah to get the miracle he came for.