Have y’all ever wondered what happens after the HEA?  David has, THE REFLECTIONS OF QUEEN SNOW WHITE, is Snow White later in life.  David is generously giving away two (2)  kindle copies to lucky commenters.  Have you ever wondered what came later?  What did you imagine?  Giveaway ends @12am est 11-22-13.  Good luck y’all!
First of all, I’d like to thank Miss Ivy most kindly for inviting me to post about my new novel The Reflections of Queen Snow White on her blog! I’m delighted to be here.  Here’s a short synopsis:
What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
the reflections of queen snow whiteOn the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
-Now, the question was posed to me: “Why did you choose Snow White – why not Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rose Red or any of a host of other faerie tale princesses you might have chosen to write about? Why kill the prince?
Well, I think to properly answer this question, you should really know something about where I was emotionally back in 2006 when I originally wrote the award-winning short story upon which this new novel is based. In the space of about three or four months, both of my grandfathers died unexpectedly. During the same time span, my wife also lost a grandmother and a grandfather so there were a lot of funerals going on over a very short amount of time. Now funerals, by their very nature, lead to a certain introspection about one’s own mortality and the inevitable end to it all, but particularly with the sudden passing of both grandfathers.  As a consequence of how hard my grandmothers took their deaths, it led me to wonder on their behalf  – “So… What now?”
They both had wonderful, loving relationships – many long, happy years together (both had been married over 60 years). In the case of my maternal grandmother and grandfather, they had never loved anyone else, having married straight out of high school. There was no question in my mind, nor indeed anyone who knew them, that their’s had most certainly been a real-life “happily ever after”. Now it was over. When your life has been so closely tied to and centered upon another person for so long, what do you do when they are no longer a part of your life? Where do you go from there? That was the original kernel of an idea for The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
So, why Snow White?
First, let me note that I understand upon initial examination, she might seem a little bit vanilla as a choice. After all, she is probably the first faerie tale princess that comes to our minds when we think of the faerie tale genre. She’s been nearly exploited and merchandised to death by the Disney Company. There have already been nearly innumerable retellings and riffs on her story in modern media – TV, movies, other novels, short stories, and even an old Rammstein music video. Who doesn’t know Snow White?
However, I felt like this intimate familiarity we all have with her actually works perfectly in helping the reader connect with her older self in this story. To me, it felt rather like catching up with an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in years and years. Just like those friends from grade school or university, I still care about her.
All of us must deal with death and grief to varying degrees throughout our lives. Half of us at least will have to cope with the passing of a partner. Who better to demonstrate the idea that loss and the redefining of a life that necessarily must occur as a result happens to everyone – Even faerie tale princesses?
In addition to that, I also felt like Snow White had a particularly and mostly untapped potential (at least by Disney) for some really interesting darkness. After all, she had a pretty horrible upbringing – the tragic death of both parents, left in the care of an abusive woman who despised her, disassociation from her peers, isolation, loneliness, depression… I think these are all elements that really work to elevate the level of drama and move the story forward in a way that is especially interesting and impactful in The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
I hope you all will give it a read. My most assuredly biased opinion is that it is a fine piece of literature, which you will certainly enjoy! Thank you all for participating in this blog session and I’d be happy to answer any other questions that you might have. I understand that there are to be prizes involved for some of those who post. Oh! And if you have a minute, be sure to “Like” my Facebook Page as well.   Visit David
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