Author has written 12 stories for Fairy Tales, Bible, and Harry Potter.
I have been writing for longer than I can remember, fairy tales for the most part. I believe in commas, style, grammar, good words, and well-drawn characters.
I am loud, silly, imaginative, and clumsy, passionate about mermaids, good books, and big words. I love YA fiction, even though I'm now well into the "adult" age bracket. I have never been west of Nebraska, east of Maine, or north of Montreal, and I have never crossed a time zone while in an airplane. I have been playing the piano since I was six, classical until my sophomore year of college when I decided to try my hands at jazz--which I'm not really good at, but I enjoy it too much to switch back now.
NaNoWriMo 2014 is nearly here, my region actually has things happening this year (yay!), and I've got a new mermaid itching to stretch her legs.
Books: Almost anything fairy tale, especially retellings of favorite fairy tales. I am a huge fan of the Books of Bayern (The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born) by Shannon Hale, and Rose Daughter and The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley. I am slowly building my collection of Andrew Lang's Color Fairy Book Series, and, so far, I haven't found a story in there that I don't love (my favorites are "Beauty and the Beast," "The Heart of Ice," and "The Yellow Dwarf"). I keep half-an-eye on the Once Upon a Time series and am particularly fond of Cameron Dokey's Golden and Before Midnight (though the identical-twin-princes gimmick didn't work for me, overall it's a decent "Cinderella" retelling) and Tracy Lynn's Snow. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst is the best "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" retelling, ever. I've got a serious crush on E. D. Baker's sometimes-swashbuckling, sometimes-inenpt, always-wonderful Prince Eadric of Upper Montevista from The Tales of the Frog Princess (during the Emma years, at least), and I blame Ella of Frell for causing my obsession in the first place--well, Ella, Char, and a snowy Sunday afternoon.
Though a much smaller collection, my non-fairy-tale favorite books include: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Uglies and Specials by Scott Westerfeld (because there was very little I liked about Pretties), The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (if you overlook the disappointment that was Mockingjay), Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostrand, Holes by Louis Sachar, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (arguably the best book ever), The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (unarguably his best book to date), and pretty much anything by Maureen Johnson (Spencer Martin, call me. Please.)
Movies: Again, almost anything fairy tale. Since high school, I have become more and more fond of Disney animated movies--yes, even despite the way they slaughter the stories they are trying to tell; don't even get me started on how they massacred "The Little Mermaid"--so, on the top of this list have to go my favorite Disney movies: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Aladdin.
After the favorite animated Disney movies come the rest of my favorite movies: Titanic, Splash, Narnia (particularly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, because the dynamics between the Pevensies are much more interesting in LWW than they are in Prince Caspian), The Phantom of the Opera, Happy Feet, The Lord of the Rings (particularly The Fellowship of the Ring, because The Two Towers and Return of the King's battle sequences are exhausting), Stardust, Charlotte's Web, How to Train Your Dragon (both 1 and 2), Over the Hedge, Chocolat, The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and just about anything from Pixar animation (except Up. I could never get in to Up.)
Music: Mostly soundtracks (in particular: Narnia, LotR, Stardust, Pirates, Harry Potter, and Disney). I also like piano music--particularly classical, jazz, and my cool piano renditions of movie songs--waltzes, Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the really awesome band called Bond, and just about anything sans-words.
TV Shows: Pushing Daisies (a fantastic forensic fairy tale that had only two too-short seasons on ABC), Firefly (because who doesn't think Fox majorly screwed up by canceling Firefly only a few episodes in?), BBC's Sherlock, and ABC Family's Once Upon A Time (or, at least parts of it--because when the show decides to do something right, it really does it right. The only problem is that it often doesn't decide to do things right).
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