- Living from day to day never knowing for certain if I'll finish the day in the same shape or species I started with! Offend one witch and at best amphibianhood beckons...
- Magical show offs making lives at best a misery and, at worst, downright menacing for anyone less powerful than them. Murphy's Law dictates I would be bound to be one of the less powerful! (Likewise I have no doubt if I went back in time, I would be living life as a peasant!).
- Talking animals proving beyond all doubt who has the better conversation and that it isn't me.
- Always being at risk of having my home invaded by a greedy little girl on the look out for the right temperature of porridge or being visited by an old crone hell bent on selling poisoned apples. (You try arguing with her she's come to the wrong place. I wouldn't bet on my life insurance policy paying out on that one - it could be argued that death was caused by reckless behaviour on my part).
- Fairy godmothers turning up unexpectedly and raiding my pumpkin patch whenever they felt the need to do so.
- Old women turning up deciding they're going to hide their suddenly banned spinning wheels at my place. That can only lead to trouble.
- Having talking bears as neighbours. I would have sympathy with their complaints against greedy golden haired girls vandalizing their home though.
- Realising that the cat and the fiddle from Hey Diddle Diddle is by far a better musician than I am. Sad isn't it?
- Talking of the above nursery rhyme, having my view of a nice moonlit sky interrupted by a jumping bovine. That kind of thing does nothing for the nerves...
- And again never being able to rely on my crockery and cutlery not running away for reasons best known to the dish and the spoon.
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.