I'm sure you are all familiar with the story of the Phoenix, a bird that revives from its ashes. I have always been a huge fan of the story, and it has been an inspiration to me throughout my life.
I even considered getting a phoenix tattoo on my collarbone, but I chickened out.
But I like the general symbolism of the bird as well, and I know it's used in literature and other kinds of art quite often. Personally, I like to adopt the phoenix mentality when I create my characters, too.
They normally crash and burn, then rise from their ashes, becoming better versions of themselves.
True, in my stories this manifests in the way of a 'fuck it' moment, when the heroine decides to do it anyway, despite their insecurities and doubts. And, although I know that in real life taking the leap doesn't always work out well, I think I can afford a bit of creative freedom when it comes to my favourite characters.
And, let's face it: they are all my favourites. I would hate to give them a sad ending.
Sometimes I even get so sentimental that I want to create a phoenix momentum for my villains, too. This is especially true when I'm writing one of my newest series, Reverse Harem Fairy Tales.
I simply can't resist.
I think part of me wants to show the world that not everything is black or white - good people aren't entirely good, and bad people aren't only bad. There is always a hidden story nobody talks about, and not every villain started out as evil.
Besides, why shouldn't we allow ourselves to mix with the bad guys, at least in our stories, right?
I mean, it always happens in the epic sagas. Teenagers fall in love with vampires, ignoring their many sins and the things they do to hurt them.
I believe that in a way, villains from fairy tales deserve a second chance, too.
I think with the remake I created for the Little Mermaid, it was easier to resist involving Ursula much. I don't want to spoil it for you guys, just in case you haven't read the Kiss & Tell Tail series yet, but let me just tell you this much: she isn't what everyone thinks she is.
Ursula is misunderstood, and I'm pretty sure a few of us can relate to her - me included. I might even dedicate a book to her later on (or a few), because I truly believe that she deserves that, especially the way things turn out between her and Ariel.
The real challenge, however, was to keep the Evil Queen in her original role.
No, scrap that.
I didn't want to keep her as a boring evil lady who sends others to do her dirty work, and has little or no influence apart from her magic.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Disney version of Snow White, but I also find that I like my heroines to have a bit more spunk and willpower, and the same goes for my villains.
I know that you have been waiting for this series for a long time now, and I do apologise - I tend to get distracted by my other works in progress haha - but the first part is online now, and the other ones are on their way, too.
And trust me, I have no mercy for anyone, not even the heroines this time (imagine evil laughter here, bruhaha)...
Until next time :)