Inspired by Fairytales

 

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

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/index.html

White-Bear-King Valemon

*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. 

http://surlalunefairytales.blogspot.com/2013/11/king-valemon-white-bear-beauty-and.html

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/other.html

The Snow Queen

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/snowqueen/index.html

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publishing Announcement!

I’m happy to formally announce that Book 2 in The Dream Chronicles, Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, will be published December 15th, 2017! It will be available on Amazon in both paperback and digital editions.

A fantasy-adventure series for middle-grade readers, The Dream Chronicles began with Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny in December 2016. To read more about Book 1 in The Dream Chronicles, visit this page: http://spacetodream.org/tiger-kingdom-the-book-of-destiny/

Want to know more about Bear Kingdom? Read on…..

Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword follows Suzie and Jack to a dangerous kingdom of ice & snow ruled by a fierce polar bear, King Knut. On a quest to find The Book of Destiny and help rescue Tiger Queen Mohini & her cubs, the twins are joined by another brother & sister team whom they met in Tiger Kingdom: Liam & Elena. Along their journey they will encounter new threats in Bear Kingdom; it has been cursed by an evil enchantment. Will Suzie, Jack, Liam & Elena be able to break the spell that haunts this frozen land? Each of them are given a special item to help them on their journey, and they have the assistance of both old and new magical animal friends. Will they succeed in their quest? Darker and more treacherous than Tiger Kingdom, the challenges Suzie, Jack and their friends face in Bear Kingdom make this second volume of The Dream Chronicles a thrilling adventure!

I can’t wait to bring this exciting story to you on December 15th! Without doubt, winter is my favorite season and Christmas my favorite holiday. My favorite stories – many of them fairy tales, of course! – are tales told in or about winter. So it shouldn’t be surprising to readers that Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword is influenced by three different winter-inspired fairy tales. Can you guess which ones? Comment below! Look for my answer (and see if you guessed right) in my next blog post!

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream. Have a magical day! -Stacie