Find out more about Angelika from her interview below, and say “hello” to her in the Comments section. What is your favorite fairy tale and why? Snow White and Rose Red. The reason I love this story is because it is a tale in which kindess is rewarded and wickedness gets its comeuppance. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve — the dwarf gets a good hard slap, the bear has his human form back, and the girls get a prince apiece, with the rose trees in front of their cozy little castle. It’s a very satisfying story.
Am I a pantser or a plotter? I’m probably a plantser, i. I don’t make very precise outlines, but I do like having a rough framework to work in. That’s why I love retelling fairy tales — the plot is ready-made! Then within that framework, I like to see where things take me. Quite often, it’s the characters’ dialogue that leads me to places I didn’t know I was heading, so I like to leave space open for that. Do you have other people read your work and give feedback before you submit it?
If you do, has that ever dramatically changed your work? For the most part, I do run my stories by a few people first. It tends to result in a few changes — different wording, some additions or subtractions, chapters moved around to different locations etc, but usually nothing too drastic. I did, however, once change a significant chunk of a novel ending because one of my readers said that what I had done to the bad guys didn’t fit the tone of my stories — and he was absolutely right. We look forward to reading what you send in! I’m excited that he is bringing his talents to the EC Team.
Check out his first article for EC below and say “hello” to him in the Comments section. Let’s face it, words are hard. In these cases, exceptions may prove the rule. Folklore is the big umbrella term used for every subdivision that is going to be listed below. Folklore encompasses everything that describes a culture, not only its stories, but its customs as well.