Circuits & Slippers is an anthology that mixes fairy tales with science-fiction, and releases at the end of this month! In these weekly Meet the Author segments, the authors will share their story title and explain why they picked the fairy tale they chose to retell (w/a twist!) in C&S.
Sara Daniele Rivera
Author of Mi Sombra
Author of Mi Sombra
In "The Shadow" by Hans Christian Andersen, a man looks out his window and sees a princess in the house next to his. He sends his shadow out to meet her. The shadow returns the next day, having reached all rooms of the house save the inner sanctum, and the man and the shadow travel together. Ultimately, the shadow dominates the man, and when they meet the princess again, the shadow has the man executed.
A brutal story, a luminous journey, a dark twin, a senseless death-- "The Shadow" has been on my mind. The princess in the original story is effectively a prize in a tower, so I gave my retelling an all-female cast. I also wanted to twist the finale and give the women of "Mi Sombra" an end other than romance or death, both of which are used to pigeonhole or punish female characters in the media.
Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, educator, and translator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was awarded a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry and her writing has appeared or is upcoming in the Loft Anthology, Origins Journal, DIALOGIST, Storyscape Journal, spoKe, and elsewhere. Her artistic practice focuses on community engagement and social justice.
Author of Voices
I chose to rewrite The Princess and the Pea because that story has, ever since I was a child, annoyed me. You’re complaining about a pea under your mattress? Really? There has got to be a better definition of a princess.
Author of China White and the Seven
I am a high school English teacher living in Ontario, Canada. My passion has always been rugby but now that my body is old and falling apart writing is occupying more and more of my time.