Rewriting the story – The Princess and the Prick

October 5, 2020 “Why are there no girls in this story?” my daughter asked when we first read The Hobbit together. I had never asked myself that question. I hadn’t even noticed that there were no women in The Hobbit. Once I noticed, however, it became impossible to un-notice. I became aware of how manyContinue reading “Rewriting the story – The Princess and the Prick”

The Forgotten Fairy Tales

(This blog post first appeared on the Harper Collins HQ blog on September 28, 2020) Have you ever heard the fairy tale of the girl who rode on a black bull? Of the sword-wielding maiden who cut unwanted suitors into pieces? The miller’s daughter who could turn thread to gold but was rubbish at housework?Continue reading “The Forgotten Fairy Tales”

It’s here, it’s here! Virgin, Mother, Crone

Our wonderful anthology has arrived! With Flash Fiction by Joy Manné, Laurie Theurer, and Walburga Appleseed, and a foreword by Mary-Jane Holmes Here’s a taster to get you flashing. From Virgin, Mother, Crone: “The first thing he flashed was his smile. His teeth were white and even. His lips curled upwards. His moustache was golden.Continue reading “It’s here, it’s here! Virgin, Mother, Crone”

Vestal Review’s Pick of the year

Since 2017, I’m an associate editor for Vestal Review Flash fiction magazine. Recently, all of us editors picked a story for each year of Vestal’s existence, and explained what makes that story so powerful, and why we’re so touched by it. Below are my contributions, about fabulous flashes by Robert Olen Butler and Joseph Faria.Continue reading “Vestal Review’s Pick of the year”