I have been a fan of action, adventure, horror and fantasy from a very young age, so it’s no surprise that my stories are filled with the same. My favourite fairy tales were Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood. Hansel and Gretel fooled the nasty old cannibalistic witch and pushed her into the her own oven - gruesome. And Red Riding Hood saw through the wolf’s disguise and was saved by the handsome woodsman (or so I like to think) who cut that grandma chowing canine real good. It seemed so much better than Sleeping Beauty who spent all those years laying as she waited for Prince Charming. And what’s up with Rapunzel, just hanging out in a tower brushing her hair all day.
The other thing I did when I was growing up was to mentally rewrite the unsatisfactory ends of stories or movies. I never did this on purpose. I wasn’t even aware I was doing it for a long time. I just know that when I re-watched a movie or re-read a story I would think that’s not what happened last time. I should have known then I was destined to become a writer.
So when I finally came to writing my own stories, I used all the rules that made sense to me and discard. Like reimaging a move, I could take the best part and add my own spin. Like my vampires - they are not undead, they can see themselves in the mirror and are not afraid of crosses and such. Yet they can’t go out in the daylight, they need blood to survive and are practically invulnerable.
The same goes for the witches in my latest book SIN’S DARK CARESS. I took the parts of witchcraft mythology and added my own lore. If they are a familial witch, they can use magic and have an animal familiar, but they can’t use magic without an animal familiar. I also have other kinds of witches that have different ways of using magic. Each has their own lore.
So have you ever wanted to make up your own endings or change the rules because they just don’t make sense to you? Leave a comment and I'll give away a copy of either of my books to two commenters!
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