As part of the Excellence in Indie Publishing EPIC Giveaway going on this week, indie author K.M. Shea shares how going indie lets her write fairy tale retellings – and why she loves them!
Hello, hello! K. M. Shea here – or Kitty as all my readers call me – and I am so excited to be a part of this giveaway and included in all of the fun!
Let’s start off with a little information about me. I’m an indie author most recognized for my Timeless Fairy Tale series– but my readers would tell you I’m most well-known for my quirky characters and sweet romances. When I write my biggest goal is to create a story that entertains the reader. I want to make people laugh and feel better about the world, even if it’s just for a short while.
One of the biggest bonuses about being an indie author is that I have a lot more freedom on what I write than a traditionally published author. So usually when I explain to someone that I write fairy tale retellings, they’re a little confused. After all, why try to write something that’s already been written hundreds of times? It’s because I adore fairy tales… But not in the way you may think.
You see, I love how strange and bizarre the original fairy tale stories are because I really enjoy trying to twist them into something more realistic.
Allow me to give you a few examples. In Rumpelstiltskin the heroine ends up marrying the king who threatened to kill her if she didn’t succeed in spinning straw into gold. What is up with that? A death threat is not the stuff of romance! In Cinderella, the unnamed prince apparently has the memory of a goldfish, because he can’t remember what Cinderella looks like and has to rely on a magic shoe to find her. (In the original story he actually mistakes both of her stepsisters for her!) For me, this sort of stuff is comedy gold. I can make a few twists, and create a more reasonable story that has a lot more laughter in it.
But I also love fairy tales because they give you a chance to examine a character’s moral fiber. Cinderella gets the prince not because she’s gorgeous, but because she’s kind. Beauty is able to see past the Beast’s scary exterior, and loves him for who he is, freeing him of his curse.
Fairy tale heroes and heroines might screw up and make a few dumb decisions, but their character always proves to be sterling. Moreover, fairy tales don’t deny that there is darkness in the world. In fact, fairy tales are all about pitting unsuspecting characters against some of the greatest evils. But these characters don’t waiver. They remain loyal to what is good, and to their true loves, and they beat back the darkness until it has no choice but to flee.
That’s the kind of stuff I live for, because that’s what I want to inspire people to do. It’s my greatest honor to be able to encourage people through stories, and I love the flexibility that being an indie author gives me so that I can do that.
But that’s just me! Please share in the comments below what you love most about fairy tales. I love events like this one because I really enjoy meeting other people who are as passionate about stories as I am. (And also because I loooove discovering new books to read—one can never have too many!)
Thanks for reading, and a big thank you to Carrie for letting me visit.
K. M. Shea is a fantasy-romance author who never quite grew out of adventure books or fairy tales, and still searches closets in hopes of stumbling into Narnia. She is addicted to sweet romances, witty characters, and happy endings.
She is also extremely committed to her readers—who have set up their base camp at kmshea.com—and lives in the idyllic Midwest with her furry pet, Perfect Dog.
As part of the YA/Speculative Fiction Excellence in Indie Publishing giveaway, you can win a prize pack of books, including Beauty and the Beast by K.M. Shea!
Once upon a time Elle made a mistake. A small miscalculation sends her through the roof of an enchanted chateau. Stranded until her broken leg mends, Elle is unwillingly forced to rely on the good will of the sour chateau owner —the cursed Prince Severin.
Prince Severin—the commanding general and staunch supporter of his brother the crown prince—is cursed to look like a beast until a maiden falls in love with him. He has given up all hope of shattering the curse, and has only disdain for Elle.
Unfortunately, the pair can’t seem to avoid each other thanks to the meddling of the chateau’s cursed servants. Eventually Elle’s playful manners and Severin’s hidden gentleness draw the pair together.
But not all love stories can end that easily. After all, Elle is not what she seems, and Severin’s life is placed in danger when hostilities flare between his brother and the monarchs of a neighboring country. When Elle risks everything to save Severin, will he be able to forgive her for her lies?
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