Mr. and Mrs., part one

While I was working on Out of the Ashes, I used writing prompts to create some backstories for various characters. This is one of those stories. The original prompt was called, “Mr. and Mrs.”. I wrote the backstory in two parts, and will post the first one here (the second will come later). As it… Continue reading Mr. and Mrs., part one

The Wisewoman

I am still working on editing Out of the Ashes – it’s getting closer! As I am re-telling The Wonderful Birch, the “fairy godmother” character is human, not a fairy, with magic that is less flashy than in Cinderella. In the first part of my story, this role is taken by Ásta’s (dead) mother. In… Continue reading The Wisewoman

Sisters

Out of the Ashes has gone through many revisions to become the story it is now. Originally, I wanted to weave in one of the Icelandic Sagas; it never felt right, so those elements were removed (but many of them will appear in a prequel story!). It’s gone through point-of-view changes, structural changes, and characters… Continue reading Sisters

Out of the Ashes excerpt: The Box

Given the setting of Out of the Ashes, it doesn’t have the flashy magic frequently found in Cinderella re-tellings. Specifically, there are no fairy godmothers creating ballgowns out of thin air. In The Wonderful Birch, a closer parallel to my version of the story, the beautiful dresses are given to the main character by her dead mother, and are… Continue reading Out of the Ashes excerpt: The Box

Story Excerpt

I’ve been posting a lot about my “Tales of Twinkle Dingle” stories, but I am also writing another series. It’s a collection of loose fairy-tale retellings set in a highly fictionalized version of viking-era Iceland. Today I thought it would be fun to share an excerpt from my work-in-progress, “Out of the Ashes”, which is inspired… Continue reading Story Excerpt