Thought I would share some news, and a little bit of my process, for those who are looking forward to my next book.
I am working on my next fairy tale novella. It is taken from Hans Christian Anderson's version of the Snow Queen, not Disney's Frozen. So why do I have the video above? Because it has awaken my inspiration for this story.
Here is a little background... when Disney first announced that they were going to do an animated story based off Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen i was ecstatic... until their direction started to become more clear. Before the movie came out I started writing my own version. After its success I put my story aside, thinking no one would want to read my version after the success of Frozen which does not have much that resembles my beloved authors version.
So I set it aside. Not really thinking about it... until I saw this YouTube video... and my story came back to the front of my mind. Here is a hint... my story is not actually going to be about the Snow Queen... but her daughter(s). The one that is only mentioned vaguely in one of the versions of the snow queen. (Refresher: the snow queen brings the boy to marry her daughter in one of the versions. only one mention... but it always stuck with me.)
I love the idea that one of the daughters gets sent away because the other got kidnapped for her magical powers. Of course I am only using this as inspiration for my story. However I can not get the concept out of my head.
So here is a look into my process. Normally I will get an idea... write as much as I can on the story... then put it in a drawer, until the inspiration or new ideas start formulating a complete story. Perhaps this is why i have three drawers full of unfiished projects... including the much awaited Mythology Series, A High School Prom story and many others (including my version of Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and many many more original concepts.
The second step to my writing process is gathering images that I find, most of the time randomly... that will be the source for my scenes as well as characters. This is a big one since I see things in my head so vividly...
These are just the newest inspirations for the story I am working on. If I Showed you everything... you wouldn't need to read my story. I am intertwining my new concepts of Rapunzel into my Snow Queen story. That is not to say that the other juvenile story I have written for Rapunzel (here's a hint: it has to do with imaginary friends...) will not still happen, eventually.
I hope that you enjoyed the insights into my process and hope that i have peeked your interest in what I am working on right now.
-K. A. Petentler
As we all return to our regular lives, after not winning the lottery, we need to remember to be thankful for what we have. I struggle with this one a lot. especially during long periods of writers block. For me the excitement of the lottery took place of my normal excitement about Award shows.
For the past couple of years I have started to realize something shocking: I am not the majority. one of my favorite in movies and television this year was Jupiter Ascending, Selfless, and of course Game of Thrones.
Of course I want to see Revenant, the Martian and Bridge of Spies, but I am just not as excited for the award shows like I have been in the past. In fact the last couple of years I have opted to have watch parties, (just me and my husband) for the Globes instead of Oscars. (it used to be the other way around.)
The point of all of this is just to say I have felt disconnected, and uninspired by Hollywood lately. The lottery has afforded me to dream again, to believe that my ideas and stories could rejuvenate the imagination and artistry back into Hollywood. Of course my plans of moving to California and becoming one of the great writers is once again delayed, but not over as I had previously thought.
The lottery just reminded me of my dreams. The book series that I want to share with the world, the stories that I have that will make the world look at fairytales in a new light other then the one the Disney corporation has been doing (fairytales can be so much more then this).
If you are still reading this, and I haven't lost you along the way. I want to remind you all that the first three books I have released on Kindle are all free starting today, and will continue being free until Monday the 18th. If I was a millionaire I would give my books away for free all the time, because reading is so important, for children and the younger generation.
I feel like they need more books, to lift their imaginations, to remind them to dream beyond their circumstances. It is why I started publishing my writing...so that my daughter can have stories and books that will help her imagination thrive and dream beyond what I can give her.
Keep Dreaming - K. A. Petentler
Click on the pictures to link you to the Amazon Kindle pages. If you are on Kindle type in my name with the periods to find all three books, I don't know why they do this.
Free Kindle ebooks!
I am pleased to announce that January 14-18 all three of my kindle books are free.
As well, all three of them are enrolled in Kindle Select. I am doing this for two reasons, the first is I need reviews.
The second is because I want to share these books with all of you. Finances are especially tight right now, and I thought that perhaps it is the same for all of you. Spread the word, and pay it forward to the writing community. Also I want to thank all of you who have followed me on my journey, it might not be quite where I want it, but here's to keeping the faith in 2016.
Click on the images, and they should send you to the Kindle Page. On the Kindle device make sure that you type in my name, with the periods to find all three books (don't ask me why they do that...)
K. A. Petentler