As most of you know, my upcoming release Blossom and the Beast is a paranormal romance retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Like every young woman who loves books, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale ever. Like. EVER.
Helloooo, there's a book-loving girl misunderstood by her whole town who meets a dark, mysterious, brooding beast and forms a bond with him over animals and books. What's not to like?
The idea to write retellings came to me long ago. My good friend Joshua asked me to write a retelling for his anthology Twice Upon a Time. I knew I wanted to write a steampunk story, but I struggled to choose between Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White. In the end, I selected Cinderella and wrote one of my favorite shorts, Ashes of East End.
In the year and a half since then, the retelling ideas refused to die. I knew I had to do Beauty and the Beast. I just had to. If I didn't write it, it would haunt me until I gave in.
So I bit the bullet, and wrote Blossom and the Beast.
But I was petrified the entire time. I wrote my heart out. I did my research. I planned and wrote and planned some more. I know I wrote the best version of this story that I have in me.
As a true fanatic, I couldn't write Blossom's story without including some major elements from both the original play and the Disney animated film that is part of my childhood gospel. Here's a taste:
A withering flower
A hidden library
A brooding beast
A girl who runs
An eternal love
And some elements of my own design:
Tiger, bears, and badgers
The Alder Mother
The Four Branches of the Realm
Transformation and totems
I'm so terrified Blossom won't live up to the incredible original. Did I create a cheap imitation? Or an authentic piece of art? All in all, I guess I'll never really know. I put together the very best story I could, and I'm beyond satisfied with that.
Now, it's up to readers to determine if Blossom measures up!
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