Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: AHEA interview

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

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:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Happy reading – and please consider leaving a review of AHEA if you get the chance to read it. Cheers!

After the Happily Ever After

Cover Reveal – After the Happily Ever After

The happily ever after is never the end. The curtain doesn’t fall once love is recognized or evil is vanquished.  Credits don’t roll once the giant is slain or the big bad wolf is boiled alive.  Wicked stepsisters, malevolent rulers, and hideous creatures still have lives after their sinister roles play out; heroes, lovers, and dreamers often find their victories lead to more troubles.

Within these pages are more than seventy continuations, retellings, and eldritch stories that explore the dark forests, magical castles, and hideous creatures After the Happily Ever After.

 

Here is the awesome cover for the upcoming After the Happily Ever After (AHEA) anthology by Transmundane Press, to be released December 15. This massive anthology transforms well-known fables into darker, more fantastical tales. I’m quite pleased that my story “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” has been selected to be part of this anthology. The Wolf and three little (bullying) pigs feature in my fable transformation merging Disney and Grimm worlds. While it’s a fantasy story, the horror writer in me couldn’t help but include a Grimm ending. Here is a teaser:

A thin spray squirted out of the speaker, covering Wolf in a malodorous mist.

“Arrgh, pigsty stink.” He moved out of sight of the camera and spat.

“I gave you fair warning. Leave before we take it up a notch.”

“Little pig, little pig, please let me in.”

“Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.” Laugher burst out of the speakers, Fifer and Fiddler’s laughter joining their brother’s.

Three for one. Wolf licked his snout. He grimaced and spat, the taste of pigsty flaring anew in his mouth.

“That’s enough. Release Mr. D., or I will tear your house down.”

“I’d like to see you try,” Fifer said. “You should enlist reinforcements stronger and scarier than you.”

“Yeah, like a poodle,” one of the brothers said.

Wolf nuzzled the camera. “I am going to tear this house down even if I have to huff and puff.”

“Hard to do with emphysema, Old Man,” Practical said.

“Tra la la la la la,” the brothers chanted.

“We’ll see what you have to say when I pig out on bacon tonight.”

 

Check out Kickstarter for some cool rewards relating to this project.