I have an utterly delightful announcement today, which is doubly delicious for me as it requires delivering not one, but two wonderful pieces of news. The first is that my short story, ‘Grave’, is very soon to be published in an utterly luscious volume of fairy-tale-style stories entitled Willow, Weep No More. The book will be coming out in hardback at the end of November, just in time for Christmas, resplendent with a stunning illustration for each of the nine stories featured. Which brings me on to my next announcement: I was also lucky enough to be asked to do one of the illustrations for the volume.
As you can imagine I’m very excited to see both my story and my art in print again, especially in such a wonderfully magical form. I am a huge lover of fairy tales, and have just purchased for my niece the complete works of Hans Christian Anderson, to read to her as she grows up (she’s not yet turned one, but I figure you really can’t start too young). I have always loved fairy tales, as a child, as a teenager, as an adult, they never grow old, and they are a tradition that I desperately want to be kept alive for my niece (and future generations) to enjoy. This volume offers some wonderfully modern yet still perfectly Classic stories, built around the premise that the characters could retain their traditional roles, yet step outside them to fulfill some of the requirements of modern society, in particular more equality between the sexes.
‘Grave’ is a story about a woman who treats people badly, and finds herself facing some unexpected consequences as a result. It is a tale of discovery, of learning to understand who you are, to accept the mistakes you have made, to learn and grow from them, and to strive to become something more, something better, as a result of what you have learned. Not for the first time, I drew heavily on Russian mythology, and will admit to being not a little influenced by Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. It was a delight to write, and I cannot wait to see the illustration done for it, as they are all being kept Top Secret at present. I can, however, provide a look at the cover, which I think should give you a very good feel for what the book, as a whole, will be like.
Willow, Weep No More will be available from November 30th, 2013, and I will provide links to the relevant places you can purchase it as soon as I am able.