- Never zap someone just because you can. Fairy godmothers are not supposed to indulge in that kind of thing.
- Given the fiasco over Cinderella's slippers, make sure you use the appropriate language for your spells. Client comfort must not be ignored in favour of a "showy spell". Glass is not appropriate material to put on your feet!
- Grow your own pumpkins. One day you are bound to come across a client that hasn't got any to hand.
- Always be prepared for a wicked witch/bad fairy godmother (there's very little difference) to turn up and spoil a royal christening. You must be on standby to limit the damage as much as you can.
- Never rely on your client to do exactly as you tell them. Ensure your spells cannot rebound horribly when they do muck things up. Cinderella's fairy godmother got this right. It would have been embarrassing to say the least had the girl been punished severely for her late timekeeping. Word gets out and it would have put future clients off.
- Always leave your calling card when visiting villages and so on. There is bound to be someone who will need your help. They do need to know who they are going to call.
- Dress appropriately for your work. You are supposed to be a wise kindly woman who, with the right charm or two, is going to put things right for your ill-treatec client. So no turning up in punk rocker gear or anything like that. You must think about your image.
- Be discreet. Never show off openly about client successes. It is showing off (not something you associate with fairy godmothers, frankly) and may put off the shyer client. They're often the ones most in need of your help.
- On your card should be enough information for your client to contact you - they say a specific word three times etc. Choose this word with care. You do not want to be summoned repeatedly by using a word everyone uses in every day conversation. Equally it must be a word your client can pronounce properly and is reasonably easy to remember.
- Never publicise where you live unless you want a pitched battle with the neighbourhood witch. They will not appreciate you moving into their areas. Equally if they come into yours, it pays to keep quiet. You will have the advantage of surprise then and that could prove useful.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.