13 Aug 2013

“Red Gone Bad” by Lucy Pireel

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A collection of twisted fairy tales

Little Red Riding Hood finally takes her life into a direction which suits her, but not so much her friends, nor the wolf.

The miller’s daughter tries to strike a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, but forgets one detail.

Snow White is as black as night.

And Cinderella cleans house in a most definite way.

If you like to read stories in which the twists keep you on the edge of your seat and heroines get what they deserve, you might just like this anthology.

Here’s a link to what a reviewer had to say about this book.


And here is my humble opinion:

“Red Gone Bad” by Lucy Pireel is a great selection of short fairy tale stories, some modernised or updated, others twisted and altered in original ways. With these changes the book makes for thought-provoking and also very entertaining reading.
My favourite is probably the ending in Cinderella. Lucy’s characters are more believable without straying too far from fantasy and fairy tale territory. There may be mobile phones in Little Red Riding Hood but there is also the wolf from the original.
Cleverly put together and well written this is certainly worth your time.





Hi Lucy, thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little something about yourself as both a person and an author:

Well, I am a woman, a mother, a walker, talker, author, reader, grower of tomatoes, yoga instructor and like to help others as best I can.

What made you decide to be a writer? Have you always written?

I don’t think I decided to become a writer. My son wanted stories, but not the kind he could get from existing kiddie books, so I made some up. And then some more, and then I started to write the stuff which isn’t suitable for kids. Got published and here we are.

What kind of books do you write?

The kind I like to write. I don’t keep to any one genre. When I get an idea, that is what I write.

How did you come up with the idea for this book? (Red Gone Bad) How did you decide to modernise these four fairy tales?

Again my son. He wanted fairy tales but not the Disney, sappy kind. So I fished out the original ones from my library (I used to have a collection of old, original fairy tale books), which are kind of gruesome and then thought, “Hey, I could twist those around to something that suits my fantasies.

Would you say you have a central message? Would you classify the theme as feminist or is that too limiting? Do you like the term? Is it outdated?

Oh, wow. You know, never thought about a central message. So I’ll have to answer your first question with no. Feminism is not only limiting, but constricting too. And I indeed do not like the term. Think it is outdated and overrated.

Did you plan the stories before you wrote them or did the characters and plot surprise you?

They surprised me and the characters kind of took the stories to where the are now.

Tell us about your relationship to fairy tales?

I have always loved them and even collected them.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?


If you could be one of your characters, which one would you choose?

Again Cinderella.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Bjork’s Human Behaviour


Are you like any of your characters? How so?

No, sometimes I wish I were.

What is your writing environment like?

Noisy. 🙂

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

I love the idea that I have control over everything. I’m a control freak and the idea of someone else having the power of changing my work to suit their needs … Ugh!

So, I loved, or rather love, each and every moment of it. My high was seeing my first book available and its first sales. Lows? You know, my glass is always half full. I do not believe in lows.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?

The writing. Least favourite? Eh … I could say editing, but that wouldn’t be entirely true, because the perfectionist, miss never satisfied, that I am actually likes finding the faults and correcting them. And you know what? When my work comes back from the editor and I see his remarks? I’m happy to be able to improve my work even more.

What is your advice to new writers?

Just sit down and write down what comes to mind. Never mind plot, or continuity, that first draft is the foundation, all following drafts take care of proper plot and continuation.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

Wow, shoot! Erm, I have read a few pretty good books from some amazing authors. And I don’t distinguish between indie and trad authors. When you’ve published you are an author, or writer. Write a good book and you’re in the good book as far as I’m concerned.

What is your favourite book?

Without doubt The Unbearable Likghtness of Being.

What books are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

Division of the Damned by Reg Jones

The Shade by Tara S. Wood

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I think very well. I take into account what the critique is, professional opinion of a proper editor? Great! Personal opinion of a reader? Even better, because it tells me what works and what not for a certain kind of people.

What are you working on now?

Several projects. I am working on a paranormal romance, erotica novel, a collection of short, dark stories and a vampire novel as well as a mythological paranormal mystery.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

We aim to please. 🙂





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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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2 Responses to ““Red Gone Bad” by Lucy Pireel”

  1. Red Gone Bad by Lucy Pireel | writerchristophfischer says:


  2. John Holt says:

    Further insight into what makes our Lucy tick. Fascinatimg as always. Good job to the both of you


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