Warrior’s Song

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Warrior’s Song

A painful life is still life.
Gather flowers from the sages.
You’ll harvest with a sharp knife,

Use everything to fill life.
Purpose grows as yearning rages.
A painful life is still life.

When this is an uphill life
Your warrior engages!
Digs footholds with the sharp knife

You’ve fashioned at the mill. Life
Pays you in high wages.
A painful life is still life.

Your strength is in your will. Life
Won’t flourish locked in cages.
A painful life is still life
You’ll harvest with a sharp knife.

— Donna Falcone
(for the First Line Poem Starters prompt)

Christine Haggerty, Author Interview

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The Grimm Chronicles

Pretty Things

A Robber Bridegroom Tale

Author, Christine Haggerty

Author Interview

How does growing up in a rural area affect your writing today?

Growing up rural, aka very poor, gives me a sort of a survival lens for all my stories. None of my POV characters have a wealthy background because I’m more familiar with what it means to go without.

Your favorite genres to write are young adult dystopian fiction and young adult urban fantasy. Tell us why you branched out to fairy tales?

Fairy tales have a hold on our identity as a culture. They show up in everything we write, and they’re really not that far from dystopian. Most of the main characters are orphaned and poor and have to survive in their world.

Why did you choose the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales for your series?

The Grimm choice actually came from an assignment I gave my high school language arts students. They had to rewrite a fairy tale, so I figured I would do my own assignment. I chose “Hansel and Gretel,” which I’m currently revising, and figured I’d build on that.

What made you choose ‘A Robber Bridegroom Tale’ as your first Grimm Chronicle?

My choice of “The Robber Bridegroom” for a retelling was as simple as skimming my collection of Grimm and coming across that story. The miller decides his daughter will marry the next man who comes to the house. Why would a father do that? The story is my answer to that question. 

How many tales do you intend to write in the ‘Grimm Chronicles Novella Series’?

I expect the entire collection will be fifteen tales. I don’t have a firm plan, so I will keep on writing them as long as I’m having fun.

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Christine Haggerty, Author of The Grimm Chronicles

Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she is now launching her dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.

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The Grimms Chronicles ‘Pretty Things’ – Book Review

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The Grimm Chronicles

Pretty Things

A Robber Bridegroom Tale

Author, Christine Haggerty

Book Review

Synopsis

When Maddie’s father catches her with a boy, he hauls her into town in a pig wagon and finds her a husband. But Peter’s cabin in the woods promises something very different than Maddie’s happily ever after.

Pretty Things, a retelling of “The Robber Bridegroom,” is the first novella in the Grimm Chronicles series. Warning: not your granny’s fairytales!

Book Review

Author, Christine Haggerty has taken a classic fairy tale from the Grimm Brothers and rewritten it into a suspenseful fairy tale of her own. The Grimm Chronicles, Pretty Things has strong characters, constant action, twists, turns, and thrills, that held me spell bound throughout the novella.

I loved this novella and recommend it to all fairy tale lovers and readers of fantasy. I look forward to the next novella in Christine Haggerty’s The Grimm Chronicles.

Five Stars

*****

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The Grimm Chronicles

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Why Fairy Tales?
by author Christine Haggerty

Yeah, yeah. Fairy tales have been done before.

A lot.

So why did I jump on that over-filled train and do it again? Retell a fairy tale? Especially since most of them don’t even have any fairies in them?

Because I can. And it’s fun.

And humans, those beings who buy and read books, can’t seem to stop reading them. So, as long as I’m having fun, I’m going to write them.

Fairy tales have some kind of effect on our subconscious existence. They spring from our souls. I would like to argue that fairy tales are particularly embedded in Western culture, but did you know there is a Cinderella story in every culture in the world? The dates for these stories’ origins prove that these stories do not exist because groups of people traveled and shared them. These Cinderella stories originated in…

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #9

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #9

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

I would be 12-years-old

Are you left or right handed? 

Right Handed

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

My mom was going to name me Charlotte Denise, but my grandmother wanted to name me so I became a Debra. I hated my name for years and longed for that Charlotte Denise. It wasn’t until I lost my grandmother that I truly embraced ‘Debra’.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Things get kicked under the couch, real fast, as I run a dust rag around the room.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that my doctor finally figured out what was causing all of my diarrhea; C-Diff. I am now being treated for it and hopefully it will soon be under control.

This week I’m looking forward to getting my hands in some dirt and do a bit of gardening this weekend.

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Dust of Snow

Crow Snow

Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

— Robert Frost, for more see The Poetry of Robert Frost

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