Today I have a very special guest, the lovely Ms. Danielle Shipley, author of the wonderful Wilderhark Tales. These are delightful novellas whose characters are derived from beloved fairy tales and molded and shaped into memorable, delightful beatniks (and I use that word lovingly). Today, Danielle is going to share her inspiration for her characters, Chancewaine and Lilavaine. After reading the short profile, make sure you keep reading to learn more about the author, the newest novella in the series, THE SURROGATE SEA, and take a chance at winning a copy of the book in the giveaway!!
Danielle, take it away.
Character Profile: Chancewaine and Liliavaine
Over the course of the series, The Wilderhark Tales have pulled from several classic stories, the characters of my world taking on and redefining a number of famed fairytale roles. Princess Rosalba as the Sleeping Beauty. Gant-o’-the-Lute as the Pied Piper. And – among those I find personally most amusing – Edgwyn Wyle as Rumplestiltskin. Readers of Book Three may have thought that aspect of Edgwyn’s character ended with the breaking of the Seventh Spell, but not so! For it is revealed in Book Six that he truly does mean to make a claim on the firstborn child of the woman whose straw was spun into gold.
“What!” my tailor’s fans may cry. “Edgwyn Wyle, steal someone’s baby? He would never!”
Steal, no. Desire as his son-in-law, absolutely. Though of course he would never force the matter.
As it happens, though, Chancewaine would be more than happy to grant Edgwyn’s private wish. The young Crown Prince of Terrestaire is the quintessential royal boy next door. …well, more like a few days’ ride away, if you live in Denebdeor. He and the Wyle family’s youngest, Princess Liliavaine, have been best friends virtually since their infancies. But as marrying age creeps closer, Chancewaine begins to feel the stirrings of something more.
Unfortunately for Chance, Liliavaine yearns for more, too: Something more than him.
We first met little Lily in Book Five of The Wilderhark Tales, refusing to take her elder siblings’ condescension lying down, swooning over gorgeous men completely beyond her age bracket, and inadvertantly acting as the catalyst for her sister’s quest to the supernatural kingdom of Welken.
Close to a half-dozen years later, Liliavaine has reached the age where adventure so often enters a princess’s life, and she feels more than ready for it. Having seen enough of the magical to completely ruin her for the ordinary (looking at you, Chance ol’ buddy), Lily knows what she wants (…or does she?…), and is possessed of too much get-up-and-go-for-it to wait around for her dreams to come to her.
In this tale as old as teenagers, will Lily ever come to see Chancewaine as true love material? Find out in “The Surrogate Sea (Book Six of The Wilderhark Tales)”, available now.
I just love all of the characters in these novellas and the covers are so pretty and colorful. If you love the charm and beauty of fairytales, you really must add these to your collection.