Because I'm getting a lot of new readers, I thought it would be a good idea to recap some questions previously answered in the comments boxes on the blog and on the FAQ pages of the Fairy Tale Novels Site.
One question that is I've been hearing a lot is this one by Minni Mo:
I was wondering what fairty tale the next(there will be more right?!) novel will be based off of?What princess stories do you plan on doing in the future? Will you be doing only Grimm brother fairy tales?
So I thought I'd give a summary of where things stand right now. As I've said in the comments boxes, right now my immediate plans are to work on one of these two tales:
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
For some time I've had a novel sketched out about the further adventures of Alex O'Donnell and Kateri Kovach (both introduced in Waking Rose) based on this fairy tale. It would be the first story I'd tackle that's not in Grimm's collection. I can't say much about this book, mainly because I haven't written it yet, :) but I have revealed that it's about Alex's dad's misadventures with computers. Stay tuned for more on Alex O'Donnell and the Forty Hackers! (working title)
For those of you who really want to know what Fish was doing in the years between Black as Night and Waking Rose, this book should shed some light. While Fish is studying at a state university, he discovers that a top scholar, an international student (tentatively named Helene) is being blackmailed by an anonymous man. I've only written sections of this book, but I have to say it looks to be a dark, creepy book, which is sort of appropriate for Rumplestilskin, which is (like Snow White) a rather dark story, all things considered.
As for other fairy tales, I have a few others planned out about which I wish to be coy for now. I might even start mining the King Arthur stories and the Adventures of Robin Hood.
However, I will say that I have no plans to turn either Cinderella or (sorry) Beauty and the Beast into fairy tale novels.
Why? I love both fairy tales, but honestly, they've been done as modern stories over and over and over again, sometimes quite well, and I don't think I'd have anything more to add. That's the basic reason why. I'd rather illuminate the more obscure ones than plow again through well-worked soil. But who knows? Some day I might get an idea about one of them.
Thanks for the question!