|The Beast in the Bedchamber - coming out on Amazon on April 15th|
The idea for Beast came in 2010 when I was re-reading Angela Carter's classic The Bloody Chamber. I was, at the time, in a bit of a slump, and I thought it might be fun to write a few fairy tale revisions, purely as an academic exercise. The first two stories -- what would go on to be "Night Beauty" and "Beware the Wolves" -- were written that year.
I didn't write any more stories for a long time after that, deciding instead to focus on novels. But the stories I'd written lingered at the back of my mind, and I thought that I'd really to complete a collection of them. So, in late 2012, I sat down and started writing more stories.
The final collection includes six original short stories and one poem. I talk about the poem at some length here, where I discuss how just how challenging poetry can be.
Of course, I can't very well do a cover reveal without mentioning my awesome cover artist, Jillian Lambert. We've known each other for ages, having met on DeviantArt nearly a decade ago, and she is the first and only artist who came to mind for the project. Her enthusiasm kept me on track and encouraged me to finish.
In the upcoming week between now and the book's official release, I'll be blogging a bit about each story and give you a taste of what you can expect. I'll also be running a raffle all week long! The winner receives a $10 gift card to Amazon, to spend on whatever they'd like. For real. You can even spend it on somebody else's book and I won't even mind.
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