by Gabi Stevens
What can I say? I’ve been obsessed with fairy tales since I was a little girl and my parents read them to me as bedtime stories. I love the valiant characters undertaking quests, solving puzzles, or discovering their worthiness. In what other types of tales are good character and kindness rewarded as they should be? Plus they have magic. What could be better?
I loved fairy tales so much that I wanted to study German from a very young age. I finally got the chance when I reached college. I spent my junior year abroad in Göttingen, where the Brothers Grimm were instructors. I even took graduate level courses on the Märchen (that’s “fairy tales” to you non-German speakers). Yup, I’d say fairy tales have been a huge part of my life for a long time.
So when the time came for me to write a paranormal romance, I naturally turned to the classics—the fairy tales. My Time of Transition series focuses on three women who find out they’ve been chosen to be the next fairy godmothers. In the Modern World. Modern doesn’t mean that gnomes, trolls, and magic don’t exist; it just means that the magical aspect of the world has been hidden away from the Groundlings, those humans without magic. After a failed experiment by Arthur and Merlin (Camelot) to blend the two societies, Merlin considered it best to conceal the Arcani, the magicals. But he didn’t want to deprive all Groundlings from magic entirely. Thus the job of the fairy godmother.
In my tales, my heroines, and their heroes, must face a villain who has fooled much of society (think of him as the evil stepmother or bad king of the Grimm’s tales) and expose the truth. To do this, they use magic, an ancient text, three ancient artifacts, and their own wits. Oh, and there’s a love story in each book. THE WISH LIST starts the series with the story of Kristin, a Groundling who discovers there’s magic in the world and she has it too. AS YOU WISH continues the story with Reggie, the second of the three women, and her discovery of her own powers and her own strength. The trilogy concludes with Stormy, the heroine of WISHFUL THINKING. Stormy, a free spirit, learns that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. THE WISH LIST and AS YOU WISH are available now. WISHFUL THINKING comes out in March 2012.
As in the fairy tales, kindness, integrity, courage, and valor are rewarded in my books too. Hmmm, come to think of it, that’s what happens in most romance novels. No wonder I love romance. The real world may not work the way it should, but it can and does in fairy tales and romance novels. The fairy tales exist as morality lessons: the good guys win, the bad guys pay a price, and love triumphs. And that’s how I end all my novels as well because I also believe that everyone deserves their happy ending, even if it doesn’t come in real life.
And shouldn’t that be something we strive for?
I would love to share my world with you. Why do you love fairy tales? One lucky commenter will win a copy of THE WISH LIST and a magic wand charm.
You can reach her through http://www.gabistevens.com/ or read about her exploits and thoughts at www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com.
And as a side note, Gabi is donating ten percent of her royalties from AS YOU WISH to Best Buddies International, a group dedicated to forming friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.