Towering by Alex Flinn (Miami International Book Fair)

I attended the Miami International Book Fair this year, and I had the opportunity to meet, greet and interview one of my favorite authors of all time…Alex Flinn.

About the Author:


Alex Flinn is a Young Adult Author. She has written ten books, and her best known books are Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point, and Beastly.



Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again. Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

Miami International Book Fair Interview:

“Why did you write the story about Rapunzel?” Alex said it was the concept of selling your own child for another desire of living. The idea of wondering what life is really worth. The Story of Rapunzel is so well-known to the world, the princess trapped in a high tower with long never ending hair and a prince climbs the tower with the help of her golden long hair by a call “Rapunzel let down your hair”. The prince rescues her and happily ever after.

“Hollywood loves to make books become vivid examples like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and coming out next year Divergent. Would you approve of making Towering into a film?” Alex said “yes, I’m a big author but the authors sometimes don’t have the opportunity to pick out key scenes.” Now, she did mention who could and should play Rachel but I believe I’m saying too much.

“I love Beastly, and I love Fairy Tales in general. Why the genre of fairy tales?” Alex said she have children myself and always read fairy tales to them and always enjoyed imaging the world of the tales but in a different level. She always questioned the characters in the story, as a child and even as an adult.

“What is your inspiration behind writing your books?” Alex said going back to her high school years, she always wondered about the “behind-the-scenes” story. What happened before the story started, and were there any conflicts before the original story, and how the characters became to be.

I have read Towering, and I love the story, the plot, and the journey of all the beloved characters.

Thank you to Alex Flinn!

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