Feeling wolfish and witchy? Revisit Wolves and Witches a fairy tale collection by Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt, re-released this week with a special author interview conducted by Annie Locke.
Do you attend a book club? Book club interest in Wolves and Witches has prompted us to create a set of discussion questions to generate conversation and get things going at your reading group's next meeting. BYO Wine.
The full interview and book club questions can be found in the back of all new copies of Wolves and Witches, both the ebook and paperback. Have an older edition? Snag the PDF of the bonus content on the bottom of the Wolves and Witches page.
And check out the opening of Annie Locke's interview below!
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Megan Engelhardt and Amanda C. Davis reveal how storytelling can be a family affair
Author Spotlight & Interview by Annie Locke
Many people remember growing up playing make-believe with their siblings, yet Megan Engelhardt and Amanda C. Davis recall their playtime taking a more colorful approach. These two sisters’ childhood games somehow organically formed into a structured narrative full of protagonists and conflict. They played Tom and Huck, explorers, dinosaurs, and when they ran out of money in Monopoly, the “Rug Fairy” would replenish their cash. “If we played house, it was weird house,” says Davis.
From a young age, they shared a love for storytelling—two budding authors waiting to happen. They started writing early in their childhood. Davis can find samples of her fiction from the first and second grade, and Engelhardt started writing early as well but really picked up her passion for writing in college.
According to Davis, Engelhardt was her first reader. “She was a captive audience,” says Davis, “so a lot of my early fiction was for her in some sense, and it sort of still is… She’s been my first, best reader forever.”
Although both have developed satisfying careers as authors, Wolves and Witches is their first conjoined project. They did appear in three previous anthologies together, but this short story collection marks their first co-authored full-length work.
As they decided to grant their long-time wish to publish together, fairytales seemed an obvious choice. Both authors loved fairytales and wrote many on their own before starting this project. In fact, many of the Wolves and Witchesstories were written before Engelhardt and Davis first considered the idea of a short story collection. Their inspiration stemmed from their already growing independent pools of classic fairytales reimagined.
“I think we’ve always had it in our heads that we ‘should’ do something together, but never really had it figured out what would work,” says Engelhardt. “Our styles are very similar, but we do have some differences that don’t always mesh together… we looked around and thought ‘Huh, we both have a lot of fairy tale stories! Maybe we should do something with that!’”
The result was Wolves and Witches, a collection of short stories and poems that allows us to see our favorite fairytales from different angles. Some stories make us unexpectedly chuckle. Others leave haunting images in our minds long after we put the book down. And many of the stories cultivate the same heartwarming nostalgia present in the original fairytales we know so well. Whether the stories reveal a sassy Little Red Riding Hood or a reluctant Prince Charming, they offer an enjoyable, alternative view to these classic tales.
Inevitably, every reader has a collection of questions for the authors that created this memorable world. Megan Engelhardt and Amanda C. Davis agreed to answer just a few…
Read the rest of Annie Locke's sit-down with Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt in Wolves and Witches.
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