Author Archive: Dorlana

Episodes of “Potion” coming to Kindle Vella


Amazon will be launching Kindle Vella in July 2021. Readers will be able to read and pay for episodes as they go. (First 3 episodes of each story are FREE). I have already uploaded a few episodes of my young adult fairy tale inspired urban fantasy, POTION. I am excited (and a little scared lol) …

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Midsummer Nights Dream + Witches = Dream Spell Poem


Dream Spell was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. England: 1595/96 And since it has a play inside the play – I wrote a poem inside a poem. Dream Spell by Dorlana Vann She never knew where she’d go when she closed her eyes. Her deep dreams bewitched, and her sleeping soul …

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The Frog Prince + Merlin the Magician = Weeping Lake (a fairy tale inspired short story)


Weeping Lake by Dorlana Vann Vivian stood beside of the lake. Her bright hair waved like the water as the wind graciously blew in from the south. She inhaled and then looked down at her newly acquired engagement ring. She had said yes, but she knew that wasn’t what she meant. Everyone had been there, …

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En garde WIP – Bring every Weapon in your Writing Arsenal to the Battlefield


I’m in the middle of a fight. My Work-in-Progress is my opponent, and right now I feel like I’m losing. I’m frustrated. However, I have to remember that this is how I feel every time I write a rough draft or edit. And this is not the time to give up; this is the time …

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Little Red Riding Hood Inspired Short Story


Silverweed Muffins (2008), was inspired by Little Red Riding Hood from Children’s and Household Tales. (Brothers Grimm, Germany: 1812) which in turn inspired my YA novel, Silverweed : a supernatural fairy tale. Silverweed Muffins by Dorlana Vann Swiss drove like mad in his little red car, down into the valley, down the narrow winding roads, …

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Fairy Tale Inspired (silly) Poem, Little Liar


Little Liar was inspired by Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Joseph Cundall Treasury of Pleasure Books for Young Children. London:1850 Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith: 1916 Little Liar is a poem from my collection: Supernatural Fairy Tales.

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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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