a blog on fairytales
Business first! I’m a guest on fellow Colorado Romance Author Cynthia Woolf’s blog, featuring The Dark Huntsman. It ran yesterday, but you can still hop on by and post a comment. Also, I have a 99cent sale coming up in December and it’s not just my book! I Read Fantasy! is having two days of sales and The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, will be on day two, so keep your eyes open for that opportunity.
Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #1 will run Dec 4-7.
Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion #2 will run Dec 11-14. (The Dark Huntsman will be on this one.)
Now on to the blog:
One of my favorite twists of Snow White is old,and it’s difficult to tell which came first, the German one the Grimms set on paper or this one. Set in Russia Snow flees the evil step-mother and takes shelter with seven studly woodcutters. Not dwarves. Sometimes the men are noble knights, who take care of the princess. We think the tales are set in stone but when they were told around fires they were changed a little every time. It’s not until we set them in paper that they hold a static shape.
That’s one of the reasons when I twisted my tales of Snow White I chose to take different routes. From young sexy werewolves to still sexy, thousand year old fae, I chose this section of the tale to stray from the story line. I kept the number seven, kept the idea of seven men living together in the wilderness, but changed them up.
Snow and the Seventh Wolf has a cabin full of young, hot werewolves, one of which is Seth, my angry alpha hero. They’ve chosen to leave their traditional packs and live closer to humans in a small, tourist area of Wyoming. Set in the cold, snowy mountains I now have six more men who could possibly have their own shape-shifter fairy tale twists, and in fact I think they are anxious to find their mates. From oldest to youngest, from the responsibly leader to the computer geek, women are not far from their minds and hearts.
I took a different route with The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. The seven brothers of the Fir Bolg are older, and are Logan’s uncles. They’ve been enemies of the Tuatha De Danann for thousands of years and have strong reasons to hate the queen. I chose to only write about two of them, mostly because it became a challenge to differentiate between seven men in one scene. I had a fun seen with one in an apron cooking breakfast for Trina, but I ended up cutting it and the story is better for it, but maybe someday I’ll detail all their personalities.
So how else can you twist this tale? Could you do seven grumpy women? How about seven nuns cloistered on a mountain hilltop and a lost hero? Would you chose to go with the dwarves we are all familiar with? Or are you thinking about the possibility of seven sexy woodcutters and one lost lonely princess?
That’s what I love about choosing one element in a classic tale and changing it up. All our stories go back to a few common tales and whether you change the apple to a peach or maybe to peach jam, or you change the hero to a heroine, the choices are endless. Keep the number seven and a piece of fruit, a lost lonely girl and an evil step-parent and no matter how you twist it, it’s still Snow White. Or is it?
Who are you interested in for seven characters? Would you pick seven Valley Girls and a lost boy? Or seven frat boys and a fleeing snow boarder? What about seven men locked in a cabin for a business retreat and a lost supermodel?
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