Fairy Tale Origins
Every story in the Princess Kingdom series begins with a fairy tale. I knew immediately that Beauty and the Beast belonged to Evanelle. Because she's a girl traded for a rose.
But I've never enjoyed the creature aspect of Beauty and the Beast and knew I didn't want to write an animal story. Could I get away with writing Beauty and the Beast with no beast?
I thought I could, if I incorporated the myth of Eros and Psyche. Fewer people are familiar with Eros and Psyche than Beauty and the Beast, however, most academics attribute Eros and Psyche as the origin for Beauty and the Beast as well as other similar fairy tales like East of the Sun and West of the Moon. And it certainly didn't hurt that Eros and Psyche is my favorite myth.
Fusing these stories together was a simple (and fun!) matter of choosing what I liked best in each.
Fairy Tale Elements
Enchanted Storms playlist
This is the playlist I listened to every time I sat down to write Enchanted Storms. The first song in every novel's playlist is something like the theme song - it sets the tone and the emotion and reminds me what the book is and what it feels like. For Enchanted Storms, that was Lullaby by Nickelback.
I love the angst and the passion in it; it sounds like there's a storm coming and you can't fight; you can't dodge it. But somehow in the middle of the storm you find something that means more to you than you ever could have imagined. And then you're torn apart; reaching out desperately for each other in the maelstrom. But in your heart you're never alone.
The other theme song for this novel became Requiem for a Dream by Jennifer Thomas. It's a fiercely elegant song that balances quiet, tender moments with driving the characters into destiny.
The other songs hit a variety of emotional notes from quiet and lovely to playfulness and haunting angst. I can usually write light, fun moments well so I try to put a lot of energy and a good amount of darkness into the music I listen to in order to pull me into more conflict and more interesting stories.