In Secrets of Truth & Beauty, Dara is a former child pageant star. So, in order to introduce you to the wonderful authors and characters of the 2009 Debutantes, I am hosting a Debs Pageant on my blog.

Today I am very excited to bring you Fortunata from Deva Fagan’s Fortune’s Folly. Deva is the only Deb — so far! — who I have met real life in person, not just on the interwebs, and she is so cool, down to earth, and fun.

fortunesfollyCharacter name: Fortunata
Age: Teen
Fortunata is the daughter of a famed Master Shoemaker who has lately lost his talent. She now supports herself and her father as a traveling fortune-teller. She loves nutcakes, sensible shoes, and white roses.

What is your talent?
*in a resonant voice* I am Fortunata the All-Knowing, Mistress of Magic, Doyenne of Dreams!
*in her normal voice* Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Amazing how many people believe that line…

What will you wear for the evening dress competition?
*she sighs* I suppose it’ll have to be this old thing. *she fiddles with her star-spangled but somewhat threadbare fortune-teller’s costume* All my really nice things got sold after mother died and Father lost his skills. Just please don’t look at my shoes, by the Saints. *her shoes are bright yellow and black and bear a strong resemblance to bumblebees*

Who is your escort?
Prince Leonato of Doma. No, you don’t have to bow, he doesn’t put on airs and all that. *lowers voice* Doesn’t he look just like Saint Marco the Fair? And you know he’s never teased me a bit over these silly bumblebee shoes. *sighs*

And now for the interview portion . . .What’s the biggest challenge facing today’s youth?
Hmm… Well you know, so many people come wanting the All-Knowing Eye to tell them what to do with their lives. You know, they’re sweet on someone their parents don’t approve of, or they aren’t sure whether to dedicate themselves to the Saints or become farmers. And most of the time, they really know what they want, but they haven’t realized it. They want someone else to TELL them what to do (that would be me). It seems like more people ought to be able to think for themselves, and not go around waiting for some sham fortune-teller *coughs* I mean, someone who possesses the All-Knowing Eye to tell them what to do. It’s their own life, and they need to make their own future happen.

Thank you Fortunata and Deva!

Fortune’s Folly is available now — I’ve seen it! I’ve seen Deva holding it! You can order it from Amazon or at your local independent book store. If you’re in Maine, like Deva and I are, try the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta — they have a great YA section.

To learn more about Deva, please visit her website (it’s purty).

Debs Pageant: Deva Fagan
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