I have always been a lover of stories, and in particular – fairy tales. So it should come as no surprise to readers of The Dream Chronicles that I have been inspired to write the series by the fairy tales that I love. Magical stories of secret doors and gardens, hidden kingdoms filled with beasts, castles that house princesses and goblins beside benevolent Kings and evil Queens alike – reading them feels like going on a wild adventure. My bookshelves at home are filled with classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, and Andrew Lang. I’m also a fan of children’s literature classics that one could argue are modern examples of fairy tales – such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. And there are popular authors today who write both fairy tale retellings and fantasies inspired by fairy tales (Gail Carson Levine, Shannon Hale, Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, Terri Windling – to name a few).
My forthcoming novel, Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, Volume 2 in The Dream Chronicles – was inspired by three different fairytales. Each one is set in a Winter climate, has a magical story filled with beauty and mystery – and all were written by Scandinavian authors. Click on the links below these gorgeous illustrations to read more about each tale and its history at SurLaLune Fairy Tales, a wonderful site for fairy tale research.
East of the Sun & West of the Moon
*This tale is considered a Norwegian folk tale – and is similar to the fairy tale East of the Sun & West of the Moon and Beauty and the Beast.
The Snow Queen
I can’t wait to bring Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword to you this December. I hope it will be a tale you can enjoy as the snow begins to fall, sweeping you away into a Winter fantasy filled with wonder & dreams.
Thank you for visiting Space to Dream. Have a magical day! -Stacie