If you haven’t heard about the After Happily Ever After anthology, this interview series is a front row seat into the creative minds of the authors who have re-envisioned the fairy tale world beyond the final credits. Daniel Hale takes us beyond the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
I understand you’ve been writing for about seven years. How did this journey into writing begin for you, and arrive at where we are now? Any lessons for other writers out there?
I began writing towards the end of my first year in college. I was rereading my favorite book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and decided to use the character of an interstellar hitchhiker in a more serious context. That idea never got off the ground, nor did my next about a man who finds himself in a secret society of hidden creatures. It wasn’t until I was brave enough to use ideas that were really my own that I think I felt at all confident about my own writing. I’ve now got my first collection, The Library Beneath the Streets, coming out next year, and I’m working on my first novel, Faith and Folklore.
Your story in The After Happily Ever After Anthology is called “Whether They Pipe Us Free” and centers around an order of traveling musicians who use music to pacify rampant vermin. This sounds very much like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, would you care to tell us what about this story attracted you to take a closer look at it and retell it?
Do you have a favorite fairy tale you can share with us?
Daniel Hale writes fantasy and horror in his native Ohio. His short stories havebeen published in several anthologies, including The Myriad Carnival, and Strangely Funny III. His first collection, The Library Beneath the Streets, is due for release in 2017. He is currently working on his first novel, Faith and Folklore. He can befound at danielhale42.wordpress.com.