- The story is the most important thing of all and must be conveyed clearly across a wide age and species range.
- No detail must be overlooked. Anything from inanimate objects (e.g. spindle or glass slipper) to a wolf with a taste for cross dressing and an uncanny ability to talk must be included or there is no story.
- Illustrations always go down well with the fairy tales. Youngsters generally like gruesome pictures (they want to see the big bad wolf, fangs and all. Later they also want to see him being boiled in the cauldron. Good taste does not come into this at all). This is true across all known universes. It makes others wince across the universes too.
- The fairy tale chronicler must be able to trace their sources.
- It is useful to get names wherever possible though some of the witches prefer just to be known as the witch. Check what they want here or risk facing their wrath.
In my Fairy Kingdom, the role of the fairy tale chronicler is hugely important, being a cross between the medieval ministrel and modern day journalist. The vital points are:-
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.