I finally have a copy of After the Happily Ever After (AHEA) in my hands and it looks fantastic! (I am told the so very “perrrty” and shiny castle is the least threatening of all my covers to date.)
Since AHEA is a collection of over 80 fractured fairy tales clocking in at more than 500 pages, it might take me a while to get through it all, but this is exactly the kind of anthology I like to read. A fellow writer was telling me the other day how envious he is of writers like me who get inspired to write at least one story after reading any anthology. I can’t help it – reading a series of short stories on the same theme always gets my juices flowing and makes me want to write something that could fit in the book, even though it’s too late to include it in. This time, I already have a story part of the collection so it will be interesting to see if I can come up with another, but I’m sure it won’t be for lack of inspiration.
In anticipation of AHEA’s release, Claudia Quint, a fellow contributor to the anthology, interviewed me about writerly things, including my story Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing. Here is an excerpt:
You chose to reinvent the Three Little Pigs. Good choice! Is there something special about this one? Why this one over the others?
I didn’t have the tale in book form as a child – it was a record that we played on a six-foot, wooden monstrosity of a record player. And we played that thing endlessly on all speeds (45, 33 and 78, because that’s how old that player was), so if there is one fairy tale I could work with, it’s this one. For my own version, I flipped it around to make the pigs the antagonists to the Wolf’s protagonist. It was also great fun to work in other famous fairy tale characters like Red Riding Hood (caught in a love triangle with B.B. Wolf and the pot-smoking pig), as well as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (as crooked cops).
Read the full interview here: After Happily Ever After: Jenner Michaud Talks “Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing” and (Creatively) Blows Down Our House
After the Happily Ever After is available from Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle versions:
Happy reading – and please consider leaving a review of AHEA if you get the chance to read it. Cheers!