The theme for the #Romancestagram hashtag over on Instagram this month is “Romance Retellings.” I have to say, this is one of my favorite themes so far, both as a reader and a writer.
Every month as the themes are announced, I scan to see if I have any books or favorite reads to share, and usually I have one or two, but this month is an embarrassment of riches. Or should I just confess–like most romance authors, I simply love retelling a classic, a favorite fairy tale, or giving a new spin to that old, adored movie.
Take Fairy Tales . . .
I mean, they are supposed to end Happily Ever After. At least in theory.
I’ve written Cinderella twice. Yes, clearly once was not enough.
But there they are, One Night of Passion and Cynders & Ashe. Both stories are so very different, but they tell one of my favorite ideas: that you can fall in love in a single night. When I came up with the tag line for One Night of Passion — Sometimes Cinderella loses more than just her slipper — I thought my editor was going to fall out of her chair. Well, I did say this was my version . . .
Or take my love affair with Beauty and the Beast. OMG, I love that story. And to that end, I wrote The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane. My beast was a man broken and tortured by his experiences with war, and my beauty, a persistent young woman who believes in true love (and well organized closets and truly horrible cats).
Those are my contributions so far . . . But November is young. I’ll be posting my takes on Classics and Movies in the coming weeks, so I hope you are following me on Instagram or follow along with the #romancestagram hashtag.
But for now, which Fairy Tale story do you like to see retold?