Author Archive: Dorlana

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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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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