Readers, today I am excited and maybe a little nervous to be interviewing the witch from Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. I am extremely thankful that she was able to take time to meet with me here today at Book Journey as I know that this is normally a very busy time of year for witches, however she was able to fit us in. Please give a warm welcome to uhhhh……. errrrrrrr….. Snow White’s evil Stepmother…. The Witch.
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Welcome! I usually open up my interviews by asking my guests how they take their coffee.
Thank you for asking, but I am really more fond of apple cider. This time of year I prefer it hot.
Ummmm….. ok. I think I can handle that. I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but I do not know your first name.
Well that is kind of you to ask. Most people just refer to me as Wicked Witch or Evil Step Mother and that is a bit degrading. However, my name was never mentioned in the original story of Snow White or during the film. In both cases this is really a sore spot with me. My name is in the script though, and it is Grimhilda.
Grimhilda! Why it is lovely! Thank you for sharing that.
No. It’s not lovely, it was handed down to me from my great great great great great great great grandmother, Grimhilda, the first, and believe me, she was not any peach. You think I was hard on Snow White? HA! That woman would have made us look like sorority sisters.
Oh. Ok. Well, since you mentioned that some referred to you as the Wicked Witch, I am curious about how you feel about all the attention now given to Elphaba, the true wicked witch from The Wizard Of Oz. I mean, ever since Gregory Maguire wrote Wicked in 1995, she has received a lot of attention.
Oh barf on a cracker! That really gets my green up! Everywhere I look it is Elphaba this, Elphaba that! Yeah poor Elphaba, you would think she was the only one ever born green. She is like a Lifetime story in the making. As if the book wasn’t bad enough, then she became the star of a Broadway play. I saw the play. What a bunch of fly stew hookey. I just rolled my eyes. You know I was there while she was growing up…. there is another side to that witch that you do not even know. I keep waiting for her and her sob story to appear on Oprah. Or maybe she will be sipping tea with the ladies of The View.
I am sorry, I didn’t realize I was bringing up such a sensitive topic. Were you not featured in the book, The Fairest Of Them All? It just came out the fall of last year.
That book? Oh please! I was so misquoted I don’t even want to talk about it.
Lets move on. Uhhh….. I must say your hair looks quite lovely and not at all the way I remember it from the book or the movie. What is your secret?
I just added these highlights yesterday for this interview. I mean breaks like this don’t come around often for me. No one really talks about me anymore, so I need to take full advantage when I can. I do use a little apple sauce when I wash it.
What would you like to say to everyone, Grimhilda?
I just want people to know that I am still around. Sure I don’t star on Broadway, but I do exist. I have a little cottage that I live in year around on Nantucket. The sea air really does wonders for my skin.
Well I do not want to keep you, this is Halloween after all and I am sure you probably have a lot going on.
No, not really. I just don’t get into it like I did when I was younger and able to mess with Snow White’s head. Actually tonight I am making a huge bowl of popcorn and plan to watch the first season of LOST. Sawyer really gets the heart pumping.
Well, that’s just awkward. Ok, I think I should wrap this interview up, but it is tradition that I ask each person…. errr….. witch, I interview to share with me a little known fact about themselves.
Well – that’s just easy as pretty much everything about me is little known because I have not been the star of my own book. Hmmmmphhh. I speak fluent Spanish. I belong to a Book Club that has been meeting monthly for 280 years. We are called The Coven and we are currently reading The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I also play the accordion and I am working on my first novel, ‘It Ain’t Easy Being Green’.
Thank you for sharing your time with us today Grimhilda. I wish you all the best in your future and I look forward to your book!
Readers, in the spirit of Halloween I would like to offer a lovely copy of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs by Cynthia Rylant, an author I just recently read and enjoyed. I will also toss in a Halloween treat.
To enter simply leave a comment here on this interview. If you would like to ask Grimhilda a question, I believe I can get her to stop back in and respond. This giveaway will stay open until Thursday November 4th. USA and Canada addresses only please.