I'm excited to share my news about Unspun: A Collection of Tattered Fairy Tales
Unspun was published today. This wonderful anthology is a great collection of tales about "after ever after."
I was the editor for this book, and I really enjoyed working with talented writers. It was also a delight to work with Ruth Nickle and Katherine Cowley who put this anthology together.
Snow White's son, the man who sold Jack the beans, Tatterhood, Gretel, the princess from Princess and the Pea, the Pied Piper--all these characters and others share their adventures about what happened after the end of the fairy tales that we know.
My story, "Ásthildur and the Yule Cat" is also one of the stories in this collection. (The origin country is Iceland, a place I have lived.)
If you are interested in reading this book you can find it on Amazon.
I hope you enjoy Unspun.
From the back cover: Whatever happened to “happily ever after”?Heroes search for happiness, villains plot revenge, and nothing is as easy as it once seemed. Gretel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, an orphan girl questions Rumpelstiltskin’s legacy, a monster cat searches for a child to eat, and the pied piper realizes stealing a hundred and thirty children may not have been his smartest idea.
Fairy tales have endured for centuries even though—or perhaps because—their conclusions are often more unsettling than satisfying. In Unspun, eleven storytellers come together to challenge and explore a few of those classic tales. Unexpected twists are sure to provoke both thought and laughter.
Gorgeous illustrations by Ruth Nickle accompany each piece.
My first opportunity to share my book Crossings, was at Cairo American College (CAC) this month. CAC is an English speaking school for children in elementary, middle and high school in Cairo, Egypt.
The event was at the school library for parents and community members. I gave a short explanation, a reading and answered questions. There was a nice crowd, almost 20 people. I'm thankful for everyone who attended.
A friend took photos, so I wanted to share them.
Sarah has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a writer and photographer whose blog explores writing craft, stories and the cultures (and places) she lives.
She has lived in Brazil, Finland, Iceland, China, Germany, Nigeria, Egypt and many places in the United States. Her website is at http://www.sarahblakejohnson.com/