I’m working on a new short story, the third in a trilogy of shorts for my upcoming story collection, Only Soaring, due to be published by Speculicious in the UK later this year or early next. Entitled Seven Short Men and a Waif it follows on from Mirror Mirror and A Shadow Man, each telling a section of the Snow White story (with a few twists) from the point of view of one of the minor characters. The first is from the Queen’s point of view (think Snow White meets Six Wives of Henry VIII). The second focuses on the man who takes the princess into the forest to kill her, and the third is from the point of view of one of the seven Short brothers, a strapping six-footer as it turns out, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
I’m quite a fast writer at the first draft stage, but then I like to leave the piece to settle before going back to edit it. Sometimes I edit the stuffing out of it, other times it doesn’t need much tweaking. I’m not sure whether this one will fall into the former or the latter category, yet, but I’m cautiously optimistic after finishing the first section – 1800 words.
I don’t often retell fairy tales, but Mirror Mirror was commissioned for a DAW anthology some years ago and since it only covered the story up to the Queen’s decision to dispose of Blanche I’ve always had a hankering to complete the tale.
The rest of the stories in Only Soaring will be a mixture of fantasy and science fiction. A few are reprints from earlier publications, but most are new.