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Today’s guest is Karen Wiesner

Woodcutter’s Grim Series

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For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter’s Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless…and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

Find out more about the award-winning Woodcutter’s Grim Series here:

Years before I started writing for it, I had the idea for a series loosely based on fairy or folk tales, myths/mythology, fables, parables, poems or some other literature. Aren’t most children’s books horror stories? Turning them into original stories set in a fairytale horror town of Woodcutter’s Grim seemed intriguing to me. I had a nightmare about a spooky town that’d been abandoned. The only thing the hero could find were little piles of sugar everywhere. Later, he realized those were what was left of the people. Well, that was the jumping off point for the story “Papa”, the first in the series.

The next story, “Blood of Amethyst”, was a no-brainer for me since Rumplestiltskin had always horrified me as a child (why would he want the queen’s child for his own?). This was followed by my take on The Pied Piper of Hamelin with “Dancing to the Grave”. It was probably strange to write the last book so early since I planned that the series would be ongoing. But the idea for “The Amethyst Tower”, The Final Chapter (a scary version of Rapunzel with my own unique version of zombies) was there and it certainly has given me a focal point and a boundary to write the rest of the “middle” stories inside. These four stories are included in the first series collection but are also available individually. Books 4-7 in the second collection are a miniseries dealing with the Shaussegeny family curse, again available individually as well.

Next, I really wanted to write a novel for the series. The heroine’s father in THE DEEP, Book 8 was introduced at the beginning of the Shaussegeny miniseries, so I was able to expand on his character as a professor of demon lore and about his obsession with fetish statues. The idea fit so well into the series, especially when combined with the loose basis of Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid.

What to look for in the series: HUNTER’S BLUES, another novel (a futuristic romantic horror novel that will have zombies) that’s very loosely based on Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. This story will fit into the series after THE DEEP and just before “The Amethyst Tower”. After that, I’ll be writing BRIDGE OF FIRE, a romantic fantasy based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I actually had a dream that lead to this story and in the dream was a legendary creature of fantasy–a phoenix–which will fit so well into a series like this. After that, who knows what’s in store for the series? I’ve had a request for “prequels” that I’ll explore soon. Whatever happens, the Woodcutter’s Grim Series will definitely continue to offer plenty of chills and thrills.



KarenphotoKaren Wiesner is an accomplished author with 115 titles published in the past 18 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, and has 39 more contracted for. She writes women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, action/adventure, children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles.

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