I have spoken on a few occasions about how I get inspiration for writing my books and ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales,’ my latest book, is an example. I am a member of a writing group and the leader of the group, Joy Lennick,asked us to write a modern fairy story based on the classic ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ I wrote ‘Little Scarlett Hudson,’ which is included in the book, and from this story eight more flew from my pen – or should I say from my computer.
I have dedicated this book to Joy which reads as follows. ‘I dedicate this book to Joy Lennick, author, who once upon a time inspired me to write ‘Little Scarlett Hudson,’ based on ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ From this story, ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ grew like Topsy.’
I am very excited because I have just received the first proof of ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’, back from the publisher. I hope it will be published on Amazon in time to attract the Christmas market. It is aimed at 6 – 10 years old.
‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ is a fabulous book for modern trendy children. Six of the stories, Little Scarlett Hudson, The Ugly Duckling, Jack and the Beanstalk, Miss Goldie Locks, Cinderella, are brought up to date without losing any of the magic of the classical stories.
The author has written four completely new fairy tales that will enchant the reader. ‘Fairies and Unicorns, My Funny Valentine, Shrimp, and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.
Enchanting pictures are included in the contents pages, with a brief description of the nine tales, together with a full-page illustration at the beginning of each story.
I enclose a list of the contents for you to see a brief description of each story. In the book the contents page has a small picture beneath the description, but unfortunately it will not allow me to do this here.
1. FAIRIES AND UNICORNS
A magical Tale about a little girl called Chloe
2. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
The Tin Soldier meets Gretal, The Little
Match Girl, and the Princess and the Pea
A little dog who can talk
4. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
How Rudolph got his red nose.
5. LITTLE SCARLETT HUDSON
A modern tale of Little Red Riding Hood
6. THE UGLY DUCKLING
A little girl called Eileen, tells the original tale of The Ugly,Duckling to two swans and their five cygnets, one of whom is called Dumpling.
7. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Jack after robbing the giant finds he has enough money to get a band together which he calls Jack and the Beanstalkers. You will meet this group in the tale of Cinderella as well
8. MISS GOLDIE LOCKS
Miss Goldie works in a porridge factory for Mr Bear, Mrs Bear, and their son Horace
Cinderella’s godmother is magical in her endeavours to send Cinderella to the ball. The charming prince searches for her on his motorbike after she has fled from the Ball
I will put in one of my stories from ‘A Twist of Fairy Tales’ next week so you can have a ‘taster’. I also hope to have a video made to put on Youtube.