What if Anastasia Romanov, Russia’s last grand duchess, survived the Bolshevik's brutal attack? And what if she wasn't the only one?
Saving Anastasia is a unique, uplifting twist on the downfall of Russia’s royal family, beginning where all other novels come to a devastatingly sad close, the royal family's execution.
On July 17, 1918, Anastasia Romanov magically cheats death, only to become a royal pawn for Rasputin’s deranged family. Death or freedom. Her fate rests in the hands of Maxim Letov, a secret member of the Romanov family.
Coming to Wattpad in July 2018 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Romanov's assassination.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How historically accurate is Saving Anastasia?
I've lost count of the hours I spent researching the different conspiracy theories, perusing diary entries, reading articles and non-fiction accounts, studying floor plans, and so on. There's so much information - and much of it conflicting - about the downfall of Russia's last Imperial Family. I tried to remain true to fact wherever I could.
With that being said, Saving Anastasia is very much a work of fiction full of speculation and my own version of a 'happily ever after' for Anastasia Romanov. You could categorize this story as 'alternate history".
2. What inspired you to write an Anastasia Romanov retelling?
Remember that animated film? The one from 1997? I do. In fact, I was a tween when it came out and latched onto the story. The speculation, the mystery, the conspiracy theories surrounding Anastasia surviving something so so horrible... it all fascinated me.
Over the years, I've read one Anastasia story after another. I soon learned the film was far from the truth. Actually, author Jackson Pearce wrote about that here. Another thing I realized was that all the retellings I got my hands on ended with the family's devastating death. No one in children's literature has explored the 'what if' realistic tale of Anastasia surviving the Bolshevik's brutal attack. So, I did. And I hope I wrote a version that'd make the grand duchess smile.
3. You write for children and adults. Which is this?
While there are some darker elements in Saving Anastasia, the themes and characters' voices are suitable for a readers as young as middle grade, but will also appeal to teens and even adults, many like myself who remember the Anastasia film from our earlier years.