Thursday, 15 October 2015

Guest Post - Why We Love Adult Fairy Tales by DF Krieger

My latest release (well, re-release actually) is based off Red Riding Hood. In my story, Red As a Rose, my character Rose finds a shifter in her grandmother’s bed. The story was so popular when it first released, it won an award for best in the Fairy Tale Retelling category. It made me stop and wonder... Why do we love adult fairy tales?

We love so many books, but some stories...they stick with us. Favorite nursery rhymes pop in our heads, even when we are adults. We spent so much of our childhood looking at picture books, retelling them in our heads or our own words, and now we share them with our children. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty—these are just some of the stories recently reimagined. Did you notice they were geared towards not only our children, but us adults? Maleficent the heart broken woman who casts a curse in a moment of her deepest pain. Kids won’t understand that as completely as an adult does. 

Like Maleficent, I take a darker path with Red As a Rose. Necromancy, murder, death, and of course, sex. This is not the story you were told as a child. Not in the slightest. And you know what? That’s a good thing. It’s good that the stories of our childhood continue to grow and change with us. That we can take something that we enjoyed as kids and bring it to a completely new level that allows us to enjoy it now. As an author, I have the freedom to play with these stories. To tweak them and bring out the truly evil and the truly sexy.

Of course, if you read the original tales instead of watching the Disney version, you might be aware that maybe my versions aren’t as dark as they could be... But they are definitely sexier. What’s your favorite fairy tale or nursery rhyme?

In this sexy retelling of Red Riding Hood, danger abounds. Can a seductive witch save the big bad wolf she finds in her grandmother's bed? Or will she fall prey not only to the Woodsmen that hunt him, but the lure of her own powers?

About the Author
When D. F. Krieger was banned from writing contests at her school, she immediately set it in her head that she would become a professional writer. Since then, she has thrown away her plans of world domination through books, but she still enjoys writing. By the time she pens her final book with a hand ravaged by age, she hopes to introduce her readers to many alternate worlds, lines of thinking, and captivating characters.

When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with her pony. it’s really a 15 hand Tennessee Walker gelding, but he’s still the pony that she always wanted. She also tends to be surrounded by rescue cats who call her, “Mom” while she’s cross stitching, crocheting, painting, or playing video games. Her family loves that she plays video games, though they refuse to play first person shooter games against her anymore because she makes an awesome sniper.

You can find D. F. on the East Coast, hiding away from the real world with a gleam in her eye and a plot in her head. She resides with her husband, kids, and pets; who all kindly put up with her random bouts of laughter—over things she can’t explain—and journal collecting fetish.

Wanna keep an eye on D. F. online? You can find her at her website where she updates what she’s working on and occasionally posts to a blog.

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