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Success! Snow and the Seventh Wolf Submitted!

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Thank goodness this is a blog for whatever I want to write!

I did it! I finally finished the sequel to Little Red Riding Wolf. I’ve turned it in, so now we’ll see what happens next. One of the things about hitting send is that I now think that everything should have been changed. I start second guessing myself and my plot and my characters. But I had fun!

This story is a little darker than Little Red Riding Wolf, which makes sense. It’s a  tale of two people who desperately need to trust each other, but have lots of reasons why they should never have met in the first place. Take one anti-hero and put him in a situation where no one else will step in, add in a  dark haired damsel in distress, then mix in hot chemical attraction and what do you have? Snow and the Seventh Wolf.

mirror mirror adOr at least that’s the title I’ve been working with. Hopefully you guessed that it’s based on Snow White, and given the amount of Snow White stories in the media it should get some attention. Between Mirror Mirror, and Snow White and the Huntsman, there have been lots of Snow White stories out there. But mine is about werewolves and hot spicy romance.

If you’ve read Little Red Riding Wolf you know Seth as the bad apple. In Snow and the Seventh Wolf he’s been sent up to Wyoming to stay with his  six cousins. (I couldn’t do dwarfs, not with hot muscular werewolves to choose from instead.) Seth is moody and unhappy, but when he has the chance to shine, he does. Even if it’s with a good dose of reluctance.

Jackson Hole. WyomingI moved my wolves from Radon, Colorado, mostly because I wanted to make the story darker. Many of the characters in Radon have taken on a lighter cast. Shapeshifting grannies just lend themselves to a little bit of humor. I wanted to create a dark background and the steep mountains and gorgeous forests of Jackson Hole just did that better. Also Seth needed some kind of punishment for his actions in Little Red Riding Wolf, and exile suited my needs.

I’m still intending to write more about Radon and the wolves there. Luckily there are a lot of fairy tales still unwritten in my world of tongue in cheek, spicy-hot, Radon. Next on my list is Goldilocks. Watch out whose house you wander into!

Have you seen any of the twisted fairy tale movies? I have yet to watch them, but as soon as they are in Redbox, I’m on it! I know some of you watched Grimm and Once Upon a Time with me. I’m excited for next season. What stories do you think would lend themselves to hot, twisted, romance? Any favorites you haven’t seen done yet?

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Find Answers to the Question Everyone Asked

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Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

With the advent of Little Red Riding Wolf I’ve been zipping around the blogs, and there have been some inventive and challenging questions. But there have also been some questions that every blogger asks in their interview.

What made you write this story? or Where did you get your inspiration? or Why twist a fairy tale? or Where do you get your ideas?

It seems we are fascinated by the idea of creation, especially story creation.

I, of course, started with the seed of a story from a traditional fairy tale. Actually most of my finished works are twisted fairy tales. Why? Well not only is it easier to start with a framework, I think it’s fun. Fun to take a classic story, strip it to it’s bones and re-flesh it with your own ideas.

I’m doing that now with the sequel to Little Red Riding Wolf. I’m taking Seth, a character from Little Red, who has really taken on the role of the Big Bad Wolf and morphing him into the prince. Taking a villain and changing him into a hero is a challenge, but changing him into a character that doesn’t even really have much of a role in the story is even tougher. There are very few bones for Seth.

But while I don’t have much structure to play with (Do you even remember the Prince in Snow White? He comes in and saves her with a kiss.) that means I have a ton of flexibility. I can make up as I go. And that gives melot’s of play, extra rope to hang him , or to rescue him.

Since I’m really adding an entire character arc to the story I need to make sure that my other twisted character arcs have a strong relation to the original. When you twist too far people can’t recognize the old story, and funnily enough, that can be upsetting. I have another story that I entered in a contest, and it is obviously a twisted fairy tale, but when I introduced less elements from the story one person got upset. They felt that if I was going to twist a tale, I should stick to it. Needless to say that’s not the point of twisting fairy tales, but what is the point?

As I play with Snow White and write Snow and the Seventh Wolf I find that staying within a familiar story line gives us the structure, taking it out of the familiar gives us the interest. It’s that balance that keeps us hooked.

Leaving you today with the trailer from Mirror Mirror, another twist on Snow White. Looks to be very fun!

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