On fairytales and monsters

I’m currently planning the second book in my No Man’s trilogy. It’s in an odd world; it’s been influenced by Neil Gaiman, Butcher’s NeverNever, SG-1 and odd bits of English countryside. It’s also currently being influenced by fairytales, which meant I was sat at my parent’s kitchen table on Sunday morning with a stack of old books and a notepad in front of me, drinking tea and jotting scribbles. Such is the life of a writer.

I own a copy of Andersen’s FairyTales, but not a Grimm’s – a regrettable oversight that I need to rectify as soon as possible! I read a lot of mythology and fairy tales as a child, so I remember a lot of them, but it’s always useful to re-read. I want details to go into the world; I want the odd characters who might be familiar, like Snow-White and Rose-Red, Dwarves, wandering princes, lost princesses. I want the Castle of Stromberg to also be a golden palace with diamond fruit trees, up a glassy hill. I want the giant to be a friend. I want some practicality; what would you do if toads fell from your lips, or you found gold under your pillow? Why does the spoiled stepsister get as bad a deal as her mother? And if you had a magic table that served up food on command, you’d definitely open a pub.

It’s quite fun to be able to populate a world with strangeness and weird things – and I can feel it slowly coming together, which is awesome! I’ve got some time scheduled to write up notes, and then I need to do some more writing on the first book before I can get onto the second. I has a PLN!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.