Jenniffer Wardell is a fantasy romance author and general fairy godmother-at-large. She's always on the lookout for witty dialogue and a well-earned happily-ever after. Anyone who wants to chat or trade jokes can find her at http://www.facebook.com/JennifferWardell, https://twitter.com/wardellwriter,http://jennifferwardell.blogspot.com or http://jennifferwardell.tumblr.com.
I’ve spent most of my life reading different versions of fairy tales, from the classic Grimm collections to the more modern adaptations. Robin McKinley’s “Beauty” was formative during my teenage years, and later her more mature “Rose Daughter” and “Spindle’s End.” I also read Mercedes Lackey’s take on both “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Firebird,” then later fell in love with her “Tales of the 500 Kingdoms” books. Patricia C. Wrede’s “The Enchanted Forest Chronicles” surely has to count here as well, and in a way so does Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels.
I read kids’ books that adapted fairy tales, full of beautiful illustrations that almost didn’t need words to tell the story. I read “Politically Correct Fairy Tales,” “The Stinky Cheese Man,” and the comic book series “Fables.” There are dozens more whose titles have slipped through my fingers, pulled away by years and distance from the library where I checked them out.
Looking back, I think what I was searching for was a fairy tale I could believe in. Fairy tales are hopes and promises and dreams, the whispered wish of a heart that the world still has the same kind of magic we thought it did when we were young. That there will be monsters, but you will either be able to defeat them or find out that they’ve become surprisingly good friends. That you, in all your weakness or strangeness or confusion, will find it inside you to become the hero of your story.
All the adaptations I read were wonderful stories. But none of them were mine, and one day I realized I would have to write my own. Now, when someone else is looking for a fairy tale, “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” will be one of the books waiting for them on the shelf.
|In a world where fairy tale situations are as much a fact of life as death and taxes, everyone knows hiring Fairy Godmothers, Inc. is the best way to assure that your beautiful daughter or enchanted frog of a grandson will get the happily-ever-after he or she deserves. Sure, sometimes a little love potion is required to make sure those quotas stay up, but what Prince Charming doesn't know won't hurt him. Kate, an experienced Fairy Godmother, who's enough of a romantic to frustrate her rigidly rule-bound boss, has just received a specialty assignment from one of the company's board of directors. Cinderella-Rellie for short-was placed with an appropriately wicked stepfamily years before, and now needs the dress, ball, and handsome prince to complete her happily-ever-after. The fact that Rellie isn't sure this is her dream come true-balls are fun, but princes tend to be less interesting than fluffy bunnies-isn't something management considers a problem. Complicating things a bit is Jon, the youngest son of the royal family, who meets Kate, and is smitten, but isn't quite ready yet to reveal his true identity. After all, it's his older brother Rupert who's supposed to marry Rellie, which means pretending to be a lowly civil servant will give him the chance to spend more time with Kate. (As long as he can get the ball arranged, and stop Rupert from getting himself into trouble over his "self-actualization" business, he should have the perfect opportunity to explain everything and get started on making a little magic with the Fairy Godmother of his dreams.) But, of course, things never ever happen as planned.|