Hi, all, Sher here with a guest post from Katharina Gerlach about her next book, Fairy Tale Retellings. Yes! There’s an international giveaway included for the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by Iamareader. I love more modified fairy tales than I do the originals. And giveaways are a big incentive to learn about new books, so please tell your friends, family, and even your enemies!
Fairy Tale Retellings
As a kid and teen, I loved fairy tales and collected countless books from many different cultures. Up to this day, I don’t count my fairy tale books by numbers. I count them by meters of shelf space. Considering how many fairy tale retellings are currently available, I don’t seem to be the only one who never grew out of loving these tales.
So where does the fascination come from? A wise man once said that fairy tales don’t tell children that there are monsters; they know this already; they teach kids that monsters can be defeated. For me, that’s the heart of a fairy tale. Find the monster, fight it and win. In a fairy tale, finding the monster is mostly quite easy; fighting it isn’t. In real life, exposing the monster can be just as difficult as fighting it. So I find it important that everyone – grownups, children, teens, tweens and whoever else are encouraged to – not let the monsters win. Good fairy tale retellings do just that. They twist an original, well loved tale in a way that makes it harder to spot the monster. The line between bad and good blurs a bit, just like in real life, and fighting the monster becomes a much bigger struggle than before.
With great examples (like books from Danyelle Leafty, Jessica Day George and others), I decided the time has come to write some retellings of my own. The first one is a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” where the dwarf isn’t the bad guy (due out late August). The second story is a retelling of “The Beauty and the Beast” in a steampunk setting (hopefully out by late October). After that, I plan on turning toward some Russian fairy tales – I simply love the Baba Jaga (a very evil witch who has a hut with chicken legs and flies through the air in a mortar that she steers with the pestle).
What is your favorite fairy tale? Is it one of the well known ones (Grimm, Disney), or do you love one of the lesser known ones, or maybe the sad stories by Hans Christian Andersen?
I’ve been telling and writing stories all my life, but only two years ago, with the success of eBook publishing, I became an Indie author. I never looked back. Sure, my manuscripts have found praise with traditional publishers, but no one had the courage to publish something they couldn’t neatly stuff into a labeled box.
Well, just like my books, I don’t fit one box. I’m the daughter of a forester and a studied forester myself. I’m sister to three brothers, and a mother to three daughters. I’m a tomboy at heart and simultaneously tidy and chaotic – I can’t be any different with my Muse (the creative part of me) dragging me in one direction and my Editor (the neat, logical side) pulling in another.
There are three things in this world I love more than anything: my family, stories (mine and those of others) and nature. The best thing that can happen to me is when someone I don’t know leaves a review for one of my books telling me how much (s)he liked it.
Sher again. I’d like to thank Katharina for all her hard work writing this post, and Kathy at Iamareader for hosting this hop. I love helping readers find family friendly books they’ll enjoy, and there should be lots of others waiting when you’re done here. Please leave a comment for Cat (short for Katharina), and then, happy hopping!