A trilogy of alternative fairytales and retellings. Discover the real Snow White story through the eyes of Creepy, the unknown 8th dwarf! Meet a teen princess who hires “The Frog Prince” witch to get revenge on a Mean Girl at school! And learn how the giant, boy thief and magic beans tale truly went down!
Praise for Tale Spins
Not usually enamoured of either re-tellings or poetry I was totally taken aback by just how much I relished this trilogy of alternative fairytales and re-tellings aimed at the Young Adult market. ~Tracy (Goodreads)
TaleSpins was like walking into a vintage store and finding a true treasure. This book takes the fairytales we all grew up on and gives them an interesting and modernized version that I enjoyed. ~Rose (Goodreads)
Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Pasadena. He is the author of TaleSpins, a trilogy of alternative fairy tales and retellings for YA readers. TaleSpins stories (in the 1-book collection) are “8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf”; “The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny”; and “Jack’d”. Michael is also the co-author of the successful “Larry Gets Lost” children’s book series. His screenplay “Zooing Time” was recognized by the WGA’s Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college, two positions he found disconcertingly similar.
5 TOP 5s from Michael Mullin
5 Favorite Literary Characters
Hamlet – Regardless of who wrote it, (I’m an Oxfordian.) he’s still the most interesting to talk and think about.
The Cat in the Hat – Says one of my favorite lines that all kids should have an answer to: “Why do you sit there like that?”
Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) – He’s come to define imagination for me. And I named my son after him.
Owen Meany – A standout original in a sweeping, thought-provoking narrative by John Irving.
Lestat (from the first two of Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles.”) – By the third book, he – and the story – get a bit silly. This was back when vampires were fascinating. Several novels and I don’t think he takes his shirt off once.
5 Things That Inspire You
My Kids – 12-year-old, boy/girl twins. Even when they’re driving me crazy, they’re pretty awesome.
My Wife – who works tirelessly and has made an impressive name for herself as a cable network executive. I’m talking magazine cover famous. (Yes, it was an industry trade magazine, but still . . .)
Creative Educators – Our broken system was designed and built for a long-gone era. Anyone who teaches resourcefulness for tomorrow has my respect.
Independent Booksellers – regular books and comic shops. Passionate and making it work when conventional wisdom says it can’t.
Lastly, those viral internet stories in which kids do amazing things for other kids. Like the one in which a middle school football team let their equipment manager, a classmate with Down syndrome, suit up and score a touchdown at the end of a game. Even the other team was in on it! Who are these fantastic kids?
5 Pieces of Advice For Aspiring Writers.
1) Be a ruthless self-editor; don’t be enamored with everything you write.
2) When developing plot, have characters do something, then see what happens if they do the exact opposite.
3) Facebook “likes” don’t really mean anything.
4) Don’t pay “professionals” you found online to do things you can do yourself with a little commitment of time and energy.
5) Most important: learn the business side of publishing. It’s changing all the time, and those who understand what’s going on have a distinct marketing advantage.
5 Favorite Movies
The Dark Knight – Don’t laugh. I almost included the Batman as one of my favorite literary characters!
5 Favorite Cities or Ones You Want to Visit
I’m a big fan of my current hometown of Pasadena, CA, but much of my heart, my life memories (and my sports allegiances) remain in Boston. I’m also quite fond of two other cities I lived in for short periods: Philadelphia as a child (I have family there now and still visit when I can), and Chicago as a newlywed (only a year there, but it grew on me quickly.) A city I’ve never been to but would love to explore is New Orleans.
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