So I’ve got a blurb for the new collection, but am still undecided as to the title. Originally it was Fables and Fireflies, but then all the fables got pulled for the third collection (coming early 2014). Then I though In the Wide, Wild Field, but someone said that sounded too much like a nature book rather than a book of bedtime fairy tales. Someone else has suggested Fairies and Fields.
I like the ring of In the Wide, Wild Field, because I like the “Back of the North Wind” vibe from it, but it’s true that it sounds like a nature book.
Comments, or suggestions?
oh, yes. The blurb reads:
In the Wide, Wild Field, friendship is bigger than fear, and can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
A butterfly fairy gets a kitten, raids a beehive, and makes friends with a firefly. Urisk the brownie gets a new home, and finds help overcoming his fear of the dark. Fireflies learn that friends come in all shapes and sizes, and let you be who you really are.
Six bedtime stories will enchant children ages 3-7.
and it’s in Italian!
Here’s the site:
I’ll let you google translate it for yourself.
It’s nice to know that my stories have a universal cross-national appeal.
Fables and Fireflies will be released in December – and this time, it will have illustrations!
I can’t do a cover or illustration reveal yet, but I can tell you that Butterfly-Fairy from Dragons and Dreams makes another appearance in not one but two new stories.
Other stories show how people can overcome their fears and adversities, sometimes in unexpected ways.
The contents are being finalized now, but I am getting incredibly excited by this new book.
Make sure to look for Fables and Fireflies in December!
“About twenty years ago, a German scholar predicted that the fairy tale would lose its vital utopian significance in the twentieth century because the only writing, given the atrocities of the past century, that could be taken seriously had to be dystopian. There is a certain truth to this argument, but if one believes in civilization and in the virtues of civility, the fairy tale continues to play a role in the civilizing process, not just as trivial amusement, but, more important, as a subversive alternative to a process that has lost its touch with humanity.”
Jack Zipes, preface to the second edition of Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion.