With Wish Upon a Southern Star soon to be launched in September, it is my pleasure to introduce you in advance to each of the contributing authors and to give you a taste of their work.
Today, meet S.M. Harris and find out about her story,
"Benny and the Weatherlys".
An early lover of stories, S.M. Harris became serious about writing a number of years ago. A member of Tauranga Writers, to date she has two short stories published in ‘Byline’, Tauranga Writers annual anthology, and an article in ‘Freelance’, a quarterly publication for writers helping writers.
Born and raised a soldier’s daughter, S.M. Harris now resides in the Bay of Plenty with her husband and their dog. A writer of fictional horror, she is currently working towards the publication of her two completed manuscripts, ‘Ronnie’ and ‘The Beast Within’, which continue to grow, hopefully, into a jolly good read.
Find out more about S.M. Harris at http://www.taurangawriters.org.nz/authors/
A Conversation with S.M. Harris
1. S.M., why do you write?
The things I write about first float around in my mind, the scenes coming and going, graphic in their adventurism, humor or as in my other works, horror. I then write, because I have a story to tell. There is something satisfying and enjoyable about bringing your thoughts and ideas together into a completed piece of work.
2. Why do you think fairy tales remain relevant today?
Fairy tales are what children all over the world are and have been, brought up on. India, China and Mexico for example, all have their own version of Cinderella. Old tales merging with the new, to be told and retold, as good triumphs over bad, morals are learnt and imaginations ignited.
3) What was your favourite fairy tale as a child? Why did you like it so much then and is it still a favourite or has it been replaced and why?
I would have to say, BadJelly the Witch who could turn children into sausages, policemen into apple trees and bananas into mice. In the 60’s, a children’s request show aired on the radio. Prior to BadJelly, I remember listening intently to the tales of Diana and the Golden Apples, Peter and the Wolf (with the amazing music of Prokofiev), and Hansel and Gretel, just to name a few. I love them all today as I loved them then, the originals and the remakes.
4) What is your favourite fairy tale retelling by another author? Why is it a favourite?
I must confess I have read very few but I have seen a number of movie versions. Snow White and the Three Stooges, from the early sixties, remains my favorite to this day. The scenery, costumes, music and story line, although not quite so vivid, have remained tucked away in a corner of my mind to this day.
5) Can you tell us a little about your retold fairy tale?
My retold fairy tale is Benny and the Weatherly’s - The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kathy and her brother Sam, live on a small holding with their sickly mother. After milking her goats to make cheese, Kathy then takes them over the bridge each morning to graze in the meadow. Kathy also has an admirer. Mean, nasty, wimpy Callum Griss. While 10yr old Sam has a secret friend.
A taste of S.M. Harris's story...
Sam just didn’t like Callum Griss. Not since the very first unfortunate time they’d met. He was sure Kathy didn’t like him either, but you never know; stranger things have happened. Their mother said only the other day that Kathy should find a man to help about the farmlet. “What about that nice young man, Callum? He’s fond of you, Kathleen, and will make a good husband.”
Sam was pleased when Kathy didn’t reply and continued cooking their dinner as if she hadn’t heard.
It also worried Sam that Callum had seen movement under the bridge. He wanted to stop and check it out, but that had to wait until after school, and then only if his friend Edward wasn’t with him, which he doubted anyway.
Edward was his best friend, but since last week, when he tried to show him his new secret, things had changed.
Want to find out what happens next?
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Wish Upon a Southern Star
(release date 2 September 2017)
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Saturday 2nd September, 2pm
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