Author Life – What’s next?

So, now that I’m finished writing Unhinged, an Aussie retelling of Beauty and the Beast, what’s next?

Well, other than heaps of editing on the Unhinged manuscript, it’s time to start thinking about and planning the next one.

rapunzelRight now, I’m forming ideas for another fairy tale retelling — Rapunzel, working title, Unravelled.

As I have with the other two, my first step is to go back to the original tale. I prefer to draw from the original rather than to just refer to the Disney versions or other versions out there. And as far as fairy tales go, Rapunzel is quite a bleak story, until the happy ending. If you like, you can read it here, but the main points are as follows:

  • Rapunzel’s parents coveted and stole some rampion from an enchantress.
  • Rapunzel was locked in a tower at the age of 12 for her parents’ crime.
  • Rapunzel had impossibly long golden hair – about 23m.
  • Rapunzel had a sweet singing voice.
  • The prince was drawn to her because of her song, and they fell in love and married.
  • When the enchantress discovered their love, she cut Rapunzel’s hair and sent her into the desert.
  • The prince, after discovering his love was gone, fells into thorn bushes which pierced his eyes, making him blind.
  • Twins were born to Rapunzel in the desert, but their life is wretched.
  • The prince managed to wander into the desert where he heard her singing and knew immediately it was his Rapunzel.
  • Her happy tears miraculously healed his eyes and they lived happily ever after.

Most of this I think I can construct something with, however I’m not sure whether I can use the very, very long braid in a realistic historical romance (especially not the climbing the tower using hair part). Well, perhaps it could be long, but not THAT long.

What would you dowith this kind of fantastical detail?

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At last – a new novel!

I must make a confession. I love fairy tales. I love happy-ever-afters, and all the magic that goes with them. I love princes and princesses and true love. Nothing appeals to my romance-loving heart more. Something within me says “this is how it’s meant to be” even if the reality of our world looks a lot different. Eternal optimist? Maybe.

Anyway, my favourite fairy tales on the screen are Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Cinderella (the Ever After version), and now Rapunzel (the Tangled version).

Several years ago I began to grow some ideas to write some of these fairy tales, twisting them a little to fit with my usual genre – historical romance. And so, Unnoticed came into being.

Set in Australia in 1878 on the Murrumbidgee River in Hay, New South Wales, Plain Jane O’Reilly is my Cinderella and Price Moreland is my handsome prince.


Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.

Does she dare to hope someone might notice her?

However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past?

Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

Unnoticed is due for release on 1st March, just under two weeks away. Three years in the making, and it’s finally here. I’m very excited to introduce it to you. You can order it here, and it will be available on Amazon soon, too.

And, another fairy tale is planned for later in the year – Unhinged. This one will be my version of Beauty and the Beast. But the beast will not be a monster per se, or even a physical deformity. I guess you will have to wait and see!

Speaking of Beauty and the Beast though, I cannot wait for the new Disney version about to be released! CAN’T WAIT! How about you? Or do you have another fairy tale favourite?

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Photo by Subhadip Mukherjee

Photo by Subhadip Mukherjee

Blessings to all this Christmas season. I pray that God will give you the desires of your heart as you walk in His footsteps this coming year.

For now though, I am having a holiday of my own and therefore a break from blogging until Monday, 7th January.

Love and blessings,

Amanda XXOO

Published in: on 24th December, 2012 at 10:12 am  Comments (2)  

Jo Wanmer – Insight

Rather than offer Jo Wanmer a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner or a story of heritage from her family’s past. Jo offered to share the story about how she and her husband fell in love, and she wrote it from his point of view, which is intriguing.

The Introvert Falls in Love

He saw her the moment she walked in. He had never seen this family at church before. She was gorgeous and her legs were amazing.

The service was closing. ‘Dad. Go and find out about the girl with the legs!’

He watched as his father easily welcomed the girl’s mother. Now he could wander over and his Dad would introduce him to this girl. But he was frozen in his seat. His mouth was dry. His nerdy mate slipped in beside him and began talking about cars, as always. He wanted to talk about girls, but his tongue was stuck to the roof of his mouth. As he watched, he knew somehow, sometime he would marry that girl.

Every week she was in church and youth group chatting and laughing to everyone else but him.  She seemed so confident. The night the youth came to his house for coffee, he selected a chair opposite her. He wanted to tell her how wonderful she looked this evening. But he couldn’t. Maybe he’d talk about the weather.

His mother called and someone took his chair. He retreated to his room, defeated. He hadn’t spoken a word to her.

Weeks turned into months. Often, they were together, but she never noticed him. What could he do? She rode a little Honda motor bike. He raided his savings and purchased a Honda. After all, the advertising jingle claimed, ‘You meet the nicest people on a Honda!’

For a week he practiced the line, ‘Would you like to see my Honda?’

But the next weekend they went to her house. He carried mugs for her Mum, and managed to tell her brother about the bike, but she was talking loudly, busy with her friends.

Another month passed and the youth group returned to his house. He ran into her at the top of the stairs.

‘You…you want to see my bike?’ He felt like a klutz.


‘I bought a Honda.’

‘Oh! I didn’t know. Where is it?’ She followed him down the stairs, chattering about her bike and her crazy escapades. Really it was easy to talk to her. He only had to listen!

But she went back upstairs, returning to the loud, fast conversation. He sat with his nerdy friend, talked cars and thought about her.

Then he had a lucky break. Her mother went on holidays, leaving his vision of loveliness home without a car. He offered to pick her up for church in the morning and then again at night. Then he picked her up for youth group and drove her home.

She invited him to take her up the coast to join her family for the weekend. For hours they walked the beach, talking, not noticing that their feet were getting sunburnt. He could barely walk the next day, but did that matter? No! It had taken nearly a year, but he finally had his girl.

It seems like yesterday, but that all happened in 1969. We’ve now been married forty-one years, and he is still very quiet!

Jo Wanmer

Oh, I’ve gone all gooey reading that. Thanks Jo, for sharing it with us. I reviewed Jo’s novel Though the Bud be Bruised last week. You can read it here, along with more information about this wonderful author. What are you currently working on, Jo?

Though the Bud be Bruised was my first attempt at writing anything more than 1,000 words. I have started a novel, but mostly I’ve been writing articles and blogs. I have entries in ‘Strength’, this year’s Life Well book, and articles in Golden Pen magazine and Footprints. I am a communicator firstly and love to preach, but I know there are other books coming, sometime!

Well, I for one, am looking forward to the communicator side of you at the upcoming Word Writers Getaway. And I look forward to the day when you do release another novel. Thanks for sharing your story with us today, Jo.
Published in: on 19th September, 2012 at 10:09 am  Comments (2)  
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