Märchensommer – die Zweite

Märchensommer – die Zweite

Es ist wieder so weit: Der Märchensommer geht in die zweite Runde. Diesmal erwarten euch gleich vier Runden der beliebten Märchenrallye über Autorenseiten und Blogs.

Willkommen zu Runde 3 der Märchenrallye des Märchensommers von PoiSonPaiNter!

Dies ist der Startbeitrag. Von hier aus kommst du durch die Beantwortung der Märchenfragen von einer Station zur nächsten Station. Jede Station enthüllt dir einen von sechs Buchstaben des Lösungswort dieser Runde. Von der letzten Station aus wirst du auf einen passwortgeschützten Beitrag geleitet. Mit dem Lösungswort kannst du diesen öffnen und dich über das Formular für den Rundenpreis ein E-Book “Drachenschuld” von Paula Roose qualifizieren, bzw. dir die Punkte, für den gesamten Märchensommer anrechnen lassen.

Pro Runde gibt es ein Lösungswort und einen Einzelpreis, sowie Punkte für den Märchensommer. Wer die ersten drei Runden überstanden hat, kann in der vierten Runde einen besonderen Preis, nämlich eine Hardcover Edition von Carola Wolffs „Der Fluch des Erlkönigs“, ergattern.

Viel Spaß!

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Retelling the worn-out dancing shoes

Retelling the worn-out dancing shoes

Like all Märchenspinner, I chose the “new interpretation” type of retelling, when I started to write “Under the Spell of the worn-out Dancing Shoes”. Personally, I love to incorporate as many elements of the original tale as possible. Some of them are barely mentioned and there are those that didn’t fit in the interpretation, but in the end, the original “The worn-out Dancing Shoes” is well recognisable and the plot stays is pretty true to the original one. Nevertheless, it is also completely different and the fairy-tale provides the mere skeleton for the actual story.

What if?

Like most retellings, my story began with this all deciding question. In my case, the question revolved around the twelve cursed princes which remain cursed in the original. Apparently, none of the other characters cared for them though. My retelling focuses on that. Without spoiling you, my what-if question would be:

What if there was a particular reason for the princes to remain cursed?

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Veröffentlichung “Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe”

Veröffentlichung “Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe”

Am 13. Juni war es soweit. Mein zweiter Roman „Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe“ ist in Zusammenarbeit mit der Märchenspinnerei auf Amazon erschienen. Am 23. Juni folgte der Print und heute nun folgt das epub, so dass Ebook und Print in allen Online- und Offline Buchhandlungen erhaltbar sind. Aber fangen wir von vorne an.

Hier findet ihr Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe und mehr

Als Kindle-Ebook und Print auf Amazon.

Als Epub-Ebook und Print auf Thalia.de, Weltbild.de, Osiandersche und vielen mehr.

Auf Nachfrage auch in eurer Buchhandlung 🙂

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Leseprobe: Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe

Leseprobe: Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe

Am 13. Juni erscheint “Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe” (Hier geht’s zum Buch) und hier laufen die Vorbereitungen heiß. Für euch gibt es heute als Vorgeschmack schon mal eine kleine Leseprobe. Darin könnt ihr vor allem Jonas und auch ein wenig Sophie kennenlernen, es gibt die erste adaptierte Märchenszene (zwei eigentlich) und einen Vorgeschmack auf die Wunder des DeModie.

Leseprobe -Ouverture

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Ouverture

 

Schutt und Asche rieselten vom Himmel, als Jonas sich flach auf den Boden warf. Kaum dass er lag, erschütterte eine zweite Explosion die Erde. Schreie mischten sich unter das laute Heulen der Sirenen. Jonas presste die Hände auf die Ohren, aber die Schreie bohrten sich gleichzeitig mit den Glassplittern tief in seinen Kopf. Hitze wallte über ihn hinweg und brachte den Geruch von verbranntem Fleisch mit sich. Die Schreie wurden lauter, kreischten unmenschlich hoch. Er konnte ihnen nicht entgehen, verbrannte mit ihnen, während er sich gleichzeitig unter Anstrengung all seiner Kraft aus dem Schutt wühlte, den Kopf immer unten. Nur nicht auffallen. Wenn er nur weit genug weg war, hätte er eine Chance.

Zum dritten Mal wurde seine Umgebung in Stücke gerissen.

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Das Junimärchen enthüllt sein Antlitz

Meine Lieben, es ist so weit! Heute darf ich euch endlich zeigen, was sich hinter dem Junimärchen versteckt. Am 13. Juni erscheint mein neues Buch, die Märchenadaption “Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe”. Das zugrunde liegende Märchen dürfte nicht schwer zu erkennen sein. Es handelt sich um “Die zertanzten Schuhe” von den Brüdern Grimm. Nun aber Vorhang auf für:

Junimärchen - Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe von Janna Ruth

Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe erscheint am 13. Juni 2017. Cover-Design von Yvonne Landsiedel.

Klappentext des Junimärchen

Ein verborgener Hain
Ein verfluchter Prinz
Ein Paar zertanzter Schuhe

Vor zwei Jahren ist Jonas aus dem Krieg heimgekehrt und doch scheint es, als wäre er nie zuhause angekommen. Ziellos durch die Straßen schweifend, trifft er einen alten Mann, der ihm von den Wundern des DeModie erzählt, einem verwunschenen Reich im Herzen des Nachtlebens. Unzählige Reichtümer und Schätze erwarten ihn dort, doch, was Jonas wirklich verzaubert, ist die lebensfrohe Tänzerin Sophie, die ihn mit ihrem Lachen ansteckt. Jede Nacht tanzt Sophie mit ihrem Prinzen und jede Nacht zerreißen ihre Schuhe ein klein wenig mehr, und mit ihnen das Geheimnis, welches das DeModie und seine Bewohner umgibt.

Die zertanzten Schuhe mal anders. Im Bann eines verzauberten Tanzes spinnt die Autorin Janna Ruth märchenhafte Elemente der Brüder Grimm zu einer modernen Fabel über das glitzernde Nachtleben, zerbrochene Träume und verlorene Seelen.

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Publication: Tanz der Feuerblüten (Dance of the fire blossoms)

Publication: Tanz der Feuerblüten (Dance of the fire blossoms)

It’s time. Today, my debut novel “Tanz der Feuerblüten” (Dance of the fire blossoms) is available. It is a japanese-style fantasy love story about ghosts, demons and the magic of the elements. The novel is published by Ueberreuter Verlag within the (eBook only) uebersinnlich series. The eBook is available on the publisher’s homepage, at Amazon.de and other eBook traders for 2.99€.

Tanz der Feuerblüten von Janna Ruth, Cover-Illustration © Alexander Kopainski, uebersinnlich bei Ueberreuter

Tanz der Feuerblüten by Janna Ruth, Cover-Illustration © Alexander Kopainski, uebersinnlich at Ueberreuter

Blurb:

(unofficial translation)

The sunset palace is full of flawless beauty: water, metal, wood, and air are moulded into remarkable artworks for the royal society to enjoy. When the young sword dancer Jinnan arrives at court, his provincial nature makes him feel awkward and overwhelmed by the complex etiquette. But then he meets the gorgeous Ayaka who entrances him with her air melodies. Against all reason Jinnan sets out to win Ayaka’s heart – knowing fully well, that he’s playing with fire …

 

Background information:

“Tanz der Feuerblüten” is one of the three winners of an Ueberreuter writing competition. Premise: a 100-page long romantasy short novel.

Romantasy isn’t exactly my genre. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of love stories. But when a story puts its whole focus on this single aspect, I’m usually out. Nevertheless I couldn’t exactly say no to such a chance and, thus, created my own kind of romantasy. My test reader promptly said, ‘It’s a really great story, but you probaby won’t win as there’s not enough focus on the romance.’ Well, I did win. At the end of October, I was informed that I had been one of the three chosen winners. I was so happy, I jumped up and down 😉

By the way, I was also invited to visit the publishing house and you can read about that awesome day here: My visit with Ueberreuter Verlag.

Gewinner des uebersinnlich Schreibwettbewerbs

Corina Bomann, me, Jess A. Loup and Rebecca Andel in front of the Wall of Fame. (c) Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

The story has been inside of me for about 15 years, though certainly not in this form. Back then, I read an issue of the GeoEPOCHE about the Imperial Japan. This society that is solely focused on beauty and elegance, when each tiny detail has a meaning, was so fascinatingly different that I just had to use it someday. There is so much western European Fantasy and sometimes there’s a little bit of oriental fantasy, but it’s quite rare to find asian inspired fantasy. Even though those cultures have a vast potential to be explored. Especially, Japan with all its arts (ikebana, origami, kabuki, calligraphy, gardening …) and fine aesthetics has been a favourite of mine.

2015, then, I was able to fulfill one of my dreams and travel around Japan for 3 weeks, 9 days of those in the Kyoto-Region. It was the best vacation ever. We have seen and done so much; we partook in a tea ceremony, learned how to arrange flowers and watched the geisha’s spring show. Even though I was pregnant at that time, I was able to try on one of those beautiful kimonos and go sightseeing in it. In any case, filled with those impressions, I was ready to take on this story.

 

Video reading of “Tanz der Feuerblüten” (Dance of the fire blossoms)

As part of my pre-release party, I made a little video reading of my book. Go and have a look if you don’t mind the German.

 

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Enjoy the story of Jinnan and Ayaka!

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Environment protection: exalted wood people, talking trees and the conflict potential with civilisation

Environment protection: exalted wood people, talking trees and the conflict potential with civilisation

Today, I want to speak to you about the protection of the environment, an age-old topic of literature. Don’t believe me? Let me go into detail. In Germany we read a book called “Homo Faber” in school. This book written by the famous Max Frisch tells the story of a very technology focused, stressed business man that turns away from civilisation and towards nature. The return to nature or the reconquering of the world through nature is one of literature’s and film’s (think Avatar) themes. But how about the fantasy genre?

 

Nature always wins

Contrary to the very technical world of steampunk, fantasy is a fierce advocat for the environment. Just look at the high amount of people and species living in balance with the nature, such as elves, fairies or shamans. Who doesn’t know the classical wood elf with his bow and arrow? The long-living people are quite usually the ones very in tune with nature and, thus, their world. The humans living far away from nature are usually short-lived, quarrelsome and in many areas short-sighted. Also, dwarves are often critically viewed in regards to their mining ventures. They dug too deep….

The one novelist bringing this environmentalist characterisation to the extreme is Tolkien. His elves are certainly on the good side, even if they wrinkle their noses about all the other creatures, vandalising their world. Thus, they have retreated to the beautiful forests, ensuring their thriving. On the opposite side, you have the orcs, evil and brutal. They not only kill everything they come across. They also burn and cut down the woods.

Wait, where do we have deforestation? Oh right, our rainforests.

Obviously, Tolkien had a thing for nature (even if not on purpose). When the orcs start to deforest Fangorn for the industrialisation of Isengard, the Ents, talking trees, rise up and end their puny attempt. The fires are quelled and Isengard is drowned. Nature wins back its territory, literally rising up against orc-kind.

 

Elben und Natur bei Tolkien

Tolkien: Elves, environmental activists?

Nature vs civilisation

Now, there aren’t that many humans in reality or fantasy that live in balance with nature. Civilisation is our boon (even if it is our vice as well). We cannot survive the way we are without it. But civilisation will always be in conflict with nature. Environment protection is important, but we can’t protect it a 100% without taking away our livelihood. That may work for a single person or community but not for the 7 billion of people on our planet.

 

Robin Hobb: Soldier Boy Trilogy

Fantasy literature loves to take on that conflict and get you thinking. A beautiful example is Robin Hobb’s Soldier Boy Trilogy where this conflict becomes the background theme. The story starts in the civilisation end of its world. The realm is expanding quickly and what do you need for expansion? Infrastructure. So, one big plot point is the building of a road through the unconquered woods. It’s a tough task and one that is made even harder by the people living in the woods.

Contrary to the very technical, logical people, especially the namesake soldiers, the wood people have magic. The magic is a bit out there with its need for overindulgence in nutritious food, but it is used to protect nature. The soldier boy is at the centre of this conflict. His whole life he has dreamt of being a good, successful soldier, capable of logic and engineering. But then he gets infected by magic and fights for his place in an increasingly confusing world. Nature is messy and so is magic. It revolts the soldier boy, but then he begins to question his society and thus, civilisation. Finally, he comes to terms with his role of protecting the environment.

 

Robin Hobb: Soldier Son

Soldier Son Trilogy

 

N.K. Jemisin: The Fifth Season

Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin takes the conflict between civilisation and environment to a higher level. Though it’s not about forests but rocks, its nature nonetheless. Her story’s world is frequently subjected to catastrophic natural events. The fifth season is the one, when a supervolcano eruption has brought on a nuclear winter or when a mega earthquake has flattened any structure.

Natural hazard in Jemisin’s world are much more frequent and much stronger than in our world, meaning several civilisation have already bitten the dust. The great Sanze civilisation is only great because it survived five seasons. Now, her main characters are the so-called orogenes who are children of Father Earth and can prevent (or cause) earthquakes and the like. The very conflict between these dangerous, but sympathetic people and the educated, civilised, but nasty people is just another mirror of nature against civilisation.

In the end, nature always wins.

 

Janna Ruth: Tanz der Feuerblüten

Yep, that’s me. I also wrote about the conflict between nature and civilisation, trying for a more objective take. The civilisation in my world is not bad, just as it isn’t bad in our world. It’s just not in balance with the environment which is represented by demons and other mythical creatures. Instead, the civilisation is based on the artistry of human kind and artificial beauty. Magic, by the way, is here part of the civilisation. When the demons and monsters rise up against my civilisation though, human kind doesn’t have much left to defend itself. But whether nature wins in the end, you’ll have to read for yourself.

Tanz der Feuerblüten will be published on the 6th of March 2017 within the uebersinnlich series, by Ueberreuter Verlag (Link).

Pre-Release Party von Tanz der Feuerblüten

Pre-Release-Party on Facebook with video reading, interviews and prices to win. (Link)

Whether it’s beneficial to humans or not, fantasy literature often acts as the advocate for the environment. Thus, there are two hypothesis to be drawn from almost every fantasy book focusing on this topic.

  • The environment is something good, that needs to be protected and …
  • The force of nature will overwhelm us in the end.

Because no matter how much we destroy of the environment, in the end we will only succeed to make the world unliveable to us. The environment will recover eventually and evolution will bring up new life-forms. The world has been through several stages of higher temperature for example, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend living through any of them.

The protection of the environment is so important not just for nature’s sake, but for our sake.

 

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My visit with the Ueberreuter Verlag

My visit with the Ueberreuter Verlag

As the winner of the uebersinnlich writing competition I was invited to visit my publishing house, the Ueberreuter Verlag, last Friday (February 10th, 2017). Not only was I showed around the premises, I also got a workshop with best seller author Corina Bomann.

 

A big player in the publishing industry playing it low?

If you think about a major publishing house, you would expect something … well, big, impersonal, maybe even mass production. Our welcoming at the Ueberreuter Verlag was nothing like that. It was like being introduced into a big family where everyone is happy to meet you. Maybe 15-20 people work at the publishing house which is a lot less than I expected. On the other side, the publisher’s archive is so big, each office needs to host a part of it.

 

Ueberreuter Verlag

The entry of the Ueberreuter Verlag with the archive and the Wall of Fame

On Friday, the first order of business was inviting the three winners – which would be Jess A. Loup, Rebecca Andel and me – for lunch. The restaurant beneath the publishing house offered creative dishes such as yeast dough with plums and pumpkins, but was very delicious. After that, we got a real tour through the offices.

We get to know the three editors that know our projects by heart and won’t stop with well-meaning compliments. Then we get to know the girls from production and see all the new editions. Too bad that our novels will be E-Book only. In the marketing room though, everyone’s just as excited as us and so are the girls from distribution. Only the publisher himself is missing. Maybe next time.

 

Neuerscheinungen bei Ueberreuter

The new releases of the Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH.

A workshop going off course

The second part of our win was the workshop with Corina Bomann. Corina has been an author for the Ueberreuter Verlag for a long time and knows way around publishers and agents. On this Friday she not only wants to give us tips about capitalising on our recent success, but also invite us to create worlds, characters and plots with her. While we’re at it, we spend so much time on excited chatter that we forget all about the tasks ahead of us.

 

At the workshop with Corina Bomann. (c) Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

Instead we learn a lot about Corina’s path to success, blabber on about our own plans and dreams and get a notion about where to go from here. The doors of the book world are wide open. Now, it’s our turn to make it work. Nevertheless, Corina and the Ueberreuter Verlag have offered us their valuable time and help and we’re happy to have such great mentors at our side. Maybe a little too happy. Let’s see!

 

Goodies over goodies

But if you thought that that was everything, you (and I then) couldn’t be further off. At the end of the workshop we got ourselves some beautiful diplomas which we had to present to the camera of course. Then there was a bag so full off books and goodies that I almost failed carrying it safely home.

 

Ueberreuter Goodies

That’s how much I got from them – almost too much to fit on a picture.

But the absolute highlight was the Wall of Fame. On that wall all the authors and illustrators under the publisher have written their names and we were allowed to add ours. Not only that, Mobs got its place of honour as well and who knows, maybe Mobs will not only decorate the wall of Ueberreuter but some book pages in the near future.

Janna auf der Wall of Fame

Me, signing on the Wall of Fame. (c) Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

I want to thank Kathleen Neumann and her team for the beautiful afternoon, all those gifts and tips, and hopes you’ve passed onto us. It was great visiting you and I’m looking forward to a repeat.

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Corina Bomann, me, Jess A. Loup and Rebecca Andel in front of the Wall of Fame. (c) Ueberreuter Verlag GmbH

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My writing year 2017

Today, I would like to give you a quick overview about what’s ahead in 2017 for me and my writing career. Considering, that that is only one of three careers I’m currently holding afloat, no sleep will be on the agenda 😉

 

Insignia of Magic

Come November, it will be 15 years since I first thought up Insignia of Magic. Back then, I one episode a fortnight, one season a year, basically cruising through season 1-3. During season 4, life happened and suddenly there were months and months between episodes. In 2014 I decided to put an end to it and with great discipline, I finished the 5th season in an one episode/month regime. Again life happened, but beginning 2016, I defined my goal to pick up that 2014 regime and keep it up for the next four years to finally reach the end of my series.

Well, that worked pretty well in 2016 and so, we’re currently in the middle of season six. Now, the second half of the season of gluttony awaits us and that means, it’s gonna get epic. We’ve got gods taking part, so come on! Having already checked off 6×13, the rest of the year is promising. Bear in mind though, that I will (most likely) be unable to write an episode in March, April, July and November. They will be written before or afterwards to ensure the episodes per year ratio.

 

Two novels

My second goal is about writing two big novels this year. One is of course reserved for the NaNoWriMo. I have no idea which one it’s gonna be, but there are already four candidates. The second novel is fairly easy. I want to write the fourth and final book of the Ravenblood Saga. Because, once that is finished, I’ll start with …

 

Revisions

Currently, I’m working very hard on reivising Dream Away for the last time. There’s still one more line edit and corrections but after this no more content edit. This is my favourite project and I want to send it off to my contact in the US, who will hopefully get me some agents.

My fairy tale is already set for publication in June and to keep that deadline, the whole revision marathon is still awaiting me. I’ll start on that in February, when my draft has been hidden long enough from me to see it with fresh eyes. Since March this year, I will be spending three weeks in the Atacama Desert in Chile, March is also the deadline for that first content edit.

Mobs in der Atacama Wüste

I’ll be spending three weeks doing field work in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile!

If possible, I also want to start with editing Ravenblood and hopefully finishing the first book. And of course, there’s always Insignia of Magic. But this year, I want to edit the first season and give it really thorough clean-up and polishing. Because I am planning to publish it – as a book! Don’t worry, the dialogue style will be kept. I mean, if JK Rowling can publish a movie transcript, so can I 😉

 

Publications and Co.

This year will be extremly exciting for me, because I will have my writing debut. Meanwhile, I know a little bit more about it and the publication date has been set for March 2017. Hopefully, I will be here to see it and not sit in the desert already.

The fairytale is currently set for June 13, BUT I’m working some special things out. And if that happens, the publication will move forward a few days.

I also want to visit a few book fairs. I will have to give a pass to the Leipziger Buchmesse, because I’ll be still in Chile. But it should be possible to go to Frankfurt in October. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about accommodation, since my parents just moved there. I will definitely be at the Buch Berlin to represent the Märchenspinnerei in November. And maybe there’s one more – in June.

It’s very likely, that in addition to my series and the two novels there’ll be some short stories. But I will tell you more about that later.

Writing year 2017

My plan for 2017 (in German)

My writing year in numbers

Insignia of Magic: 10.000/episode – ca. 120.000 words

Ravenblood 4: ca. 150.000 words

Unknown novel: ca. 150.000 words

At least one short story: ca. 5000 words

In total that‘s: 425.000 words 🙂

 

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