Hello everyone! Remember how I announced that my writing group was putting together an anthology of fairy tale retellings for publication? Well, it’s almost available! And because I’m so excited about it, I invited a special guest, one of my close friends, to share a bit about her piece that is going to be included in the anthology. So without further ado, please welcome Renée Harvey!!!
R- Hi, Allie! Thanks for inviting me.
R- Daughter of the Air was actually inspired by the main characters Fira and Rurick. I had them set aside waiting for a full-length novel to take shape around them (Fira lives on the sea and can use lightning as a source of power, and Rurick is a blind landlubber), but this short story opportunity came along. I’m one of those readers who likes to think about what happened to the characters after the story ends, and when I read HCA’s The Little Mermaid, I realized that his little mermaid still had a whole life to live at the end of the tale. With minor tweaks, Fira fit the bill for the continuation of this story.
R- You were telling me about that. It can be sad to have to abandon a good idea for the time being, but maybe we’ll fill in the gaps for the novels later. In the mean time, our characters have homes, and readers get to enjoy them.
R- Oo, good question. As I mentioned, I already had the characters and the setting and the plot. The hardest part was probably getting over my own pride to accept critiques and guidance for making the story even better once I had the first draft done.
A- But we authors always know best, right? Right? No? Okay then. Critiquers probably see what we can’t about our stories.
R- Right! Eventually all good writers realize their critiquers know a thing or two about what’s going on.
R- I guess, though I wouldn’t have said it that way. My first story was about a family of unicorns when I was seven. About midway through college, I set goals to write the histories of various ancestors so my kids could learn about their heritage, and I took up fiction writing seriously (primarily historical fiction) about two years ago as a way to continue developing my research and storytelling skills. It helped that I had a cast of characters that needed a home.
R- Really? I think it’s a fun way to see how the stories and my storytelling abilities have developed.
R- I do my best brainstorming in the shower? No, everyone does.
My writing spot is either on the couch or at the kitchen table? Whose isn’t?
A- Really? That is unique! I think that would drive me crazy. Except, I’m already long past that point of no return. I hope you stay sane for as long as possible.
A- True! Outside of the anthology, what projects are you working on?
R- I’m working on two series. The first is set in medieval Burgundy. I’m still working on a series title, but book 1 is called Divided Asunder. The other series will be a collection of stand-alone novellas set in Woodland America; the working title for the first one I’m writing there is 333 Moons.
A- Ooh, more historical fiction! I can’t wait to read it! Now tell me, what’s your non-writer alter-ego?
R- I provide pro-bono work for a young, eclectic organization.
A- Favorite genre to write?
R- um, uh, du– Non–
R- Ice cream!
R- The couch!
A- Good answer! Unfortunately, that’s all the time we have for our special guest, Renée. Make sure to check her out on Facebook and Twitter, and if you want to read more about her love of history, take a look at her blog! And last but not least, don’t forget to read From the Stories of Old, A Collection of Fairy Tale Retellings when it comes out December 7th!
In this international collection, new life is given to fairy tales, both classic and obscure.
Mythical creatures put the fairy in Fairy Tale. Mermaids, selkies, and ocean guardians experience the best and worst of humanity; sisters encounter an unusually friendly bear; a brave bride meets a silly goose; and a spinner of gold sets the record straight.
Urban fantasies modernize classics: a Frenchman learns the truth about magic, his past, and his girlfriend; a girl sets out to find love but receives a curse; and today’s naughty list makes Old Saint Nick not-so-jolly.
New worlds bring a fresh sense of wonder! In the future, a young woman fights for her people and herself; a bastard son finds acceptance in a world ruled by women; and a farmer’s wits win the heart of a frosty king.
Discover unexpected twists on old favorites, and fall in love with new tales and worlds to explore!