Author Archive: Dorlana

The Little Mermaid Inspired Short Story


His Soul Inspiration by Dorlana Vann “Have you read this?” My husband, Philip, held the book of fairy tales I had bought from a used bookstore for my niece’s ninth birthday. “Well, not that one, but I’ve read fairy tales before,” I said as I shut the door and stepped out of my heels. He …

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Fairy Tale Inspired Poem


Fairy’s Sorrow by Dorlana Vann I’m sheltered from the rainBut still I feel the mist.It mixes with my painConfirming I exist. I’m covered by the leavesLiving amongst the trees.The more I see and learnThe more the world I yearn. Fairy’s Sorrow was inspired by The Dryad by Hans Christian Anderson Denmark:1868 It is one of …

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Playlist for Work-in-Progress (or finished) Novels


Hi Friends, I am in the process of querying agents for my latest fairy tale inspired novel. A lot of agents are now using an online forms for submissions. There are the normal questions like, word count, bio, sample, similar books, etc. But I came across one the other day that asked for an optional …

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Rumpelstilzchen Inspired Short Story


  If it Weren’t for Bad Luck by Dorlana Vann I walked through the front door a little after midnight. Jana sat on the couch in the darkness covered by the quilt from our bed, the images from the television flickered on her solemn face. “Oh, you’re up,” I said and gave her a kiss …

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Silverweed – Chapter 1 (Little Red Riding Hood Inspired YA)


Chapter 1 Once Upon a Time Surrounded by winter woods, his grandmother’s house was down a hill, blanketed in the dreary afternoon. Aiden Young wondered if the stately, but definitely deteriorating, two-story would’ve looked less spooky if he and his mother, Lucy, were visiting under happier circumstances. He doubted it. His mom parked the rental …

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Vampires + The Emperor’s New Clothes =


The Vampire’s New Suit by Dorlana Vann His apartment was on the top floor of a tall building. Everyone knew he was a vampire, so no one would have bothered him even if he had been on the first floor. That was why he found it strange when he heard the knock. After opening the …

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Forbidden Beach – a fairy tale inspired short story


Forbidden Beach by Dorlana Vann I knew what lurked beyond the trees even before I opened the car door: the forbidden, barricaded beach. Even though I lived only a few miles away, I had never stood so close. Leaning against the car, the wind ruffled my hair as nerves tangled my insides.  “Aren’t you coming, …

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