Christine Haggerty, Author Interview

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The Grimm Chronicles

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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.


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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