“Eve the First”: Not your typical fairy tale princess

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I’m thrilled to announce the release of my short story ebook “Eve the First: A Fairy Tale Revision”.

I wrote the short story in reply to a writing prompt on the We Drink Because We’re Poets website, which is to take a fairy tale and bend the characters’ genders. I didn’t want to take the route of “Cinderella” or “Snow White” because they’re already too well known and therefore a few people responding to this prompt might use them. So I decided to take a relatively lesser known fairy tale in the form of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable “The Wicked Prince”.

“Eve the First” is an interesting tale because the princess is the villain, not the heroine. Often in famous  fairy tales, the princess is sweet and dreaming of her Prince Charming to come. Even more recent Disney Princess films, she’s independent and strong willed. However the princess is portrayed, audiences and readers root for her.

Not so the case with “Eve the First.” Here’s the ebook summary:

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Wicked Prince,” “Eve the First” introduces a princess unlike any other in popular fairy tales: ruthless, power-hungry and ambitious enough to conquer Heaven. After successfully monopolizing the known world, Princess Eve the First lays her eyes on taking down God so she can reign supreme over Heaven and Earth.

The ebook will be published on Amazon Kindle soon. When that happens, I will announce it via Facebook, Twitter and right here on this blog.

But first, an excerpt:

She was called Eve the First.

And once upon a time, that name, and its infamy, petrified the hearts and minds of anyone familiar with her conquests, capabilities, and cunning tenacity fueled by her volatility.

Eve’s innocent beauty belied her passion to conquer the world. Her doe-like eyes concealed the twinkle that reflected her megalomaniacal thirst for power. With her youthfully plump, pink lips, Eve barked demands at her subjects and soldiers, threatening to execute them if they failed to carry out her commands. She wore her lustrous locks in braids and pinned up into exquisite loops with hair ornaments crafted from the bones of her enemies and decorated with precious jewels like pearls, diamonds, and sapphires.