Backstage at the Théâtre Illuminata

Lisa Mantchev
Washington, United States
Taste the Bad Candy
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24-hour greasy spoons, 78 rpm records, antique stores, art nouveau, big band, black phoenix alchemy labs, breakfast for dinner, britcoms, burlesque, caffeine, charles de lint, cirque du soleil, corsets, costuming, dance, dark chocolate, dessert, diana wynne jones, dita von teese, eddie izzard, fantasy, finding neverland, glenn miller, icewine, jay anacleto, kilts, magic lantern shows, making jam, neil gaiman, once, patricia mckillip, phantasmagoria, photography, pinup girls, pirates, pocketwatch innards, publishing, redheads, retrofuturistic neovictorian, sharon shinn, slings & arrows, slipstream, steampunk, swing music, tattoos, terry pratchett, theatre, titanic, top gear, travel by tardis, victoriana, vintage, writing, young adult novels
My YA trilogy, The Théâtre Illuminata has been published by Feiwel & Friends.


"All the world's truly a stage in Lisa Mantchev's innovative tale, EYES LIKE STARS. Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humorous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of-age."—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, EYES LIKE STARS is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk!"—Tamora Pierce, author of the Lioness Quartet

The Curtain Goes Up, Summer 2009

Available at:

Barnes & Noble
Chapters Indigo Canada

Eyes Like Stars

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