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. Linda G. Hill has her own creative wonderland to share with us!
How did you set upon the path of writing fiction?
When I was a child, I was very close to a certain aunt who always had a romance novel in her hand. She inspired me to want to read. I’m not sure how that translated into wanting to write, but it must have had some effect; I began writing my first “novel” when I was five years old. I drove my parents crazy, asking how to spell words. The only ones I knew were “and,” “the,” and “I.”
You’re an accomplished woman who has managed no small feat of pursuing the craft of writing while raising three — three! — boys. I think this is an important component of a woman’s life, and life itself — the rearing of children — and is often overlooked. Yet, fairy tales are rife with issues of family and childhood. Has raising three boys taught you anything vital about writing that you can share with us, that we can learn from?
If anything, raising my kids has caused me to look deeper into the human psyche, to strive to understand what makes people behave the way they do. I’m a huge proponent of choosing my battles and sticking with what I say. When you’re raising kids – I think particularly boys – there are a lot of battles to be had. Writing has been a way to both escape real life and make sense of it at the same time.
You chose to examine the Alice in Wonderland tales — a delightful departure from the more well known Grimm’s canon or the Hans Christian Anderson stories. Tell us what Alice means to you.
Again, dreams are a huge part of the inner psyche. I often analyse my own dreams, and I can usually come up with something that relates to my recent life. I have to wonder what Alice’s life must have been like, to have come up with such a crazy dream. We don’t get near enough back-story on her in the original. It’s been noted (Wikipedia) that there are many mentions of food in the story, which causes my perhaps over-analytical mind to wonder if Alice was poor. In my more up-to-date version of the story in “After the Happily Ever After,” Alice has been going without something else.
How did your creative process for this story unfold?
Honestly, I just began writing it without any idea of how it was going to end. That’s the way I write. My characters lead; I follow them with my fingers on the keyboard.
Do you have a particular favorite fairy tale?
I don’t think I do. Having three kids, I’ve watched them ad nauseam for so many years that I’ve learned to ignore them. If I had a favourite when I was young, I’d have to say it was likely “Little Red Riding Hood.” I related to her as an only child and one who likes going places on my own. I’ve always been drawn more to the darker stories.
Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.
A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.
You can find Linda’s romantic comedy novelette, All Good Stories, on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JQWMQAE and Kobo, https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/all-good-stories and catch up with her on her blog at lindaghill.com.
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