Friday, March 22, 2013

Uintah Basin Standard and Vernal Express

If you live outside Duchesne county, you might be wondering what the heck that means. So I'll tell you.

The Uintah Basin Standard and the Vernal Express are two of the local newspapers that serve the Uintah Basin area and Vernal city (home of Dinosaurland and Dinosaur National Monument), both in northeastern Utah, my great home state.

Last week I received a call from Brittany Wilkerson, who writes for the two papers, asking to interview me about Rapunzel Untangled.

Because you can't see the article online without a subscription to one of the papers, I've put a copy of the article below. Thanks to Brittany for her fantastic article!

Magic, mystery and romance become entwined in modern-day Rapunzel tale

By Brittany Wilkerson

Special to the Basin Standard

Several years ago my mother read a newspaper article about a girl who Googled herself and found out that she had been kidnapped.

Concerned for my welfare, she called me and told me that I should Google myself to see if I had been kidnapped.

My mother thinks she’s pretty funny and, no, Google didn’t have anything to say about me, but for Rapunzel in "Rapunzel Untangled," it’s not very funny. And she had lots to learn from Google.

"Rapunzel Untangled" by Cindy C Bennett is a modern retelling of the classic story.

Rapunzel is a teenager with a serious illness and a seriously sketchy mother. Her illness, and her mother, keep her locked up in a tower but neither can keep the Internet at bay.
Rapunzel meets the Fab Fane Flannigan on Facebook and they start a friendship that changes everything.

Even though "Rapunzel Untangled" is set in modern times there is still super-long magic hair involved. And maybe even a little hair climbing, but you’ll have to read the book to know for sure!

Readers shouldn’t get the book confused with the recent movie "Tangled"; "Rapunzel Untangled" stands on its own.

I enjoyed reading the interaction between Fane and Rapunzel. Their relationship and the growth of Rapunzel as she learns new things were well written. It was easy to get wrapped up in the story and even easier to like Fane.

"Rapunzel Untangled"
is not Bennett’s first fairytale.

She has written a collection of short story fairytales as well as "Heart on a Chain,""Immortal Mine,"and "Geek Girl." Bennett is currently working on a sequel to "Immortal Mine."

Bennett was born and raised in Utah and currently resides in West Jordan, Utah. Though Bennett is a romantic at heart she loves
writing Young Adult fiction. When her daughters started reading the genre, she wanted to know what her daughters were reading and has been hooked ever since.

Speaking of her readers, Bennett said, "I hope that I have given them a couple hours worth of entertainment. I’m not out to write the next great American novel. I don’t have that in me, but I hope that I have written a good, entertaining and interesting book that allows them to escape from their reality for just a little while."

I know that I was entertained for a few hours while I escaped the reality of dishes that needed doing! "Rapunzel Untangled" was released February of this year and can be purchased online at Amazon. com,, Deseret Book, Seagull Book and at Cedar Fort Publishing.

For more information about the author and her other books readers can visit her blog at
 or her Facebook page at

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