FAIRYTALE MISMATCHES AND SURPRISES

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

I share some examples of Fairytale Mismatches tonight.  What might happen when the Three Bears, just having had their house vandalized, meet a crone never before seen in the area selling suspiciously shiny food?  Hmm…  What might happen if Cinderella is confronted by the elves who helped the shoemaker for being careless enough to lose her glass slipper?  I think there could be some very unhappy ever after endings here!

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

I met Mark Miller of the Three Rivers Rail Community Partnership unexpectedly today and this was lovely as they are supporting my book signing session at Chandler’s Ford Railway Station on 8th July. It was great to meet him.  I like surprises like that.  Talking of which, in Surprises – Nice or Otherwise, I ask how do your characters react to surprises?  If you write twist in the tale stories as I do, is there a twist and one that is reasonable based on the premise of your story?  Life is full of surprises, many of which are life changing.  How do your bring those into your story and how do your characters handle them?

FACEBOOK – GENERAL

I love interviewing other writers for Chandler’s Ford Today and I particularly relish finding out what inspired them to write in the first place.   I talk more about this in tonight’s post.  (Oh and yes I do love pictures of beautiful libraries incidentally!).

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FACEBOOK – FROM LIGHT TO DARK AND BACK AGAIN

Two posts here tonight.  I talk again about meeting Mark Miller but also share a link to my review on Chandler’s Ford Today a while ago of the wonderful guide book, Station Walks, which is fully supported by the Three Rivers Rail Community Partnership.  I recommend both the book and the Salisbury walks in it, though I’d like to find time to try out the other walks listed.

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My second post lists some of the advantages of flash fiction.  This includes being easy to read both in terms of mobile devices (the stories look great on here and scrolling down is a doddle) but also, with print books, being easy to dip into as and when.  (Yes, I know I’m biased!).  Also there are more flash fiction competitions these days and you can even use flash as a way to draft a blurb for a book.  See my post for more.

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FAIRYTALE NEWS HEADLINES

FAIRYTALES WITH BITE

In Fairytale News Headlines, I share some headlines that could appear in the magical world.  I also ask how do your characters handle the media?  (Carefully, perhaps?!).

THIS WORLD AND OTHERS

In The Press, I share an extract from the press release for my debut flash fiction collection, From Light to Dark and Back Again (Chapeltown Books).  It sums up the book beautifully.  I then ask what media exists on your fictional world.  Is it free?  If not how do the authorities control it?

FACEBOOK PAGE – BOOK PAGE

One of my posts on here tonight shared one of the things I love about writing for Chandler’s Ford Today.  I get to interview other writers!  But a while ago I thought I should work out some interview responses for myself.  (In the hope, of course, I would get published and interviews etc would start happening.  I am now published and the lovely Jacci Gooding has interviewed me.  I hope to share an extract from that interview soon).  On the link here there is a short piece of questions I would ask myself!

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FACEBOOK PAGE – GENERAL

A short post here so have copied it in full.  Interesting how we need both good and bad in life and in our fiction!

Good news: spring is here, the trees and flowers look fab and I am spotting lots of bees and butterflies. Always love this sort of thing. Bad news: the hayfever has started! But then life is like this.

My favourite type of character is one where flaws and virtues are both apparent. I’ve never liked goody-goody characters much (which is why I found Jo in Little Women easier to identify with than Beth).

Funny, isn’t it, how in fiction, as well as in life, it’s only when you have a balance of “bad” and “good” that something seems realistic!

 

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Books really do provide wonderful escapism.  Image via Pixabay