Fairy tales and folklore have a tradition of putting protagonists in comas. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Rip Van Winkle are only a few examples of letting things cool down while the main character takes a prolonged nap. Evil queens are dispatched. Curses are lifted and generally life goes on. It changes the trajectory of … Continue reading Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rip Van Winkle and Me
Besides reading, my favorite hobby is travel. I love seeing new places, visiting old ones, learning about history, culture, and I’ll own it, Disney World too. No shame here! Recently I took a trip to Ireland. For me, vacations are a departure from the everyday when it’s all about enjoyment and adventure. Maybe it explains … Continue reading Fairy Tale Travel
Dear FF Readers, I was recently interviewed by one of my favorite bloggers, Ari Meghlen. Check it out HERE and also an interview of her on my sister site, Books by I.L. Cruz. ENJOY!
I acknowledge that my title sounds like an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, but that's not what this post is about. I write fantasy. It's an umbrella term I'm comfortable standing under. I've written stories in adult fantasy, paranormal, historical fantasy, YA and even a middle grade fantasy about a boy who's half unicorn. Needless … Continue reading Fantasy Realness Overload
Fairy tale retellings has become its own sub-genre. We want to keep fairy tales in our lives but understand that the stories are problematic from a modern standpoint. We want agency, depth and inclusivity—a tall order for something written centuries ago. But we do our best, giving heroines backstories and pluck in the hopes of … Continue reading Also Starring…A Secondary Fairy Tale Character
I’m not one to quote the Bible, but it can’t be denied that no matter what your beliefs, it’s very quotable. I’ve always had a particular fondness for the sentiment of “things not seen” being primarily a fantasy writer. I like to think I see things that others don’t because my imagination allows me to … Continue reading Evidence of things not seen…
I’ve been writing about happily ever after a lot lately—questioning its validity, holding it up to a modern lens—and it got me thinking… What is happily ever after in a fairy tale sense? I can’t speak to everyone’s needs and feelings, but I know what it would take for me to consider any popular fairy … Continue reading Happily Ever After by the Fairytale Feminista
Hey FF readers, Writers are a friendly lot. We like to support each other because no one knows more than we do how difficult and solitary this profession can be. Bloggers understand that more than most and I think it's great the way we reach out to each other to make the big, scary blogosphere … Continue reading An interview with me!
Hey FF Readers! Happy Valentine’s Day! Reading a new book by a new author is like going on a blind date. You’re taking a chance on love. But you don’t always want to commit to a full meal, or in this case a full-length novel. Why not try appetizers instead? Say a paranormal romance novella? … Continue reading Reader Blind Date
Valentine’s day is days away and I’ve never been one to celebrate it. One year in junior high a friend and I, fed up with the day, threw rocks in a pond and named each rock after a boy. It’s my favorite Valentine’s Day memory. Now I write a blog about fairy tales, which for … Continue reading Romance by Another Name–My Top 5 unconventional stories about love