TWICE UPON A TIME . . . .
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Princess Nevermore Trivia
- The book’s original title was “The Princess from Under the River.” “Princess Nevermore” was suggested by a VP at Scholastic. It turned out to be the perfect title.
- Names in Princess Nevermore:
Quinn and Cam: At the time, I thought these names were unique.
Adam and Sarah: Two of my many cousins. (Somewhere along the way, I think they were told that they inspired these names.)
Melikar: A vendor at a company where I worked was named “Melichar.” I thought it sounded like a good name for a wizard, so I changed the spelling to make the pronunciation more obvious.
Mondo: I was looking for a name that sounded “other-worldly.”
Ameka: I saw this name in a newspaper and liked it enough to give it to my favorite tutor.
Dagon: I invented this one, however, I once signed a book to a Daegon—pronounced the same.
Scrabit: Totally made up.
Marnie names: Grizzle, Jol, and Taba (in Cam’s Quest) are all invented. Grizzle was originally ‘Grissel,’ but was changed in the updated version to match the sequel.
Katze: I’d just returned from Germany and needed a good name for a cat.
Zack: A favorite name.
Roger: A guy I had a crush on in high school. Shhhhh.
Mr. French: The teacher was originally named Mr. Muench. French is a family name.
- Wonderland Park is a real amusement park in Amarillo, Texas, therefore it’s the actual Outer Earth setting.
- Caprock High is a real high school in Amarillo. (Go, Longhorns!) I doubt anyone at the school knows Caprock appears in Princess Nevermore.
- A model was hired to pose for the original cover, but the image is so small, you can’t see what she looks like.
- “Princess Nevermore” has become a Halloween costume. I’ve even been asked to provide a bigger image so trick-or-treaters can use it to create a costume.
- “Princess Nevermore” has also become an online moniker for girls on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, etc.
- A writer friend suggested I invent a sign Mandrians use to seal agreements. I came up with the Sign of the Lorik. (Also an invented name.)
- In the updated version of Princess Nevermore, “radio” has been replaced by “iPod.” “Telephone” has become “cell phone.” And “20th Century” has been changed to “21st Century.”
- People have been saying “It’s a Mandrian Truth” to me ever since the first book was published. I am truly honored.
“Magic in the hands of an unenchanted being is dangerous.”
—The Mandrian Book of Magic
Originally published by Scholastic Books.
Updated edition published by Lerner Books, Darby Creek imprint
“Suspenseful and poignant. A real page turner.” —★Publishers Weekly starred review
“Regan captures the gaze of a newcomer to the contemporary world with humorous authenticity, capitalizing on the potential for funny medieval-meets-modern moments.” —Children’s Literature
Junior Library Guild Selections
Oklahoma Book Award Finalist (Cam)
Interview on Cam’s Quest for the TV program “Write About It.”