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Title Rumpled: An Erotic Twist on Rumpelstiltskin
Genre Erotic Fairy Tale
Author Madeleine Shade
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Interview with Madeleine Shade
Why did you write this book?
Rumpelstiltskin (also spelled as Rumpelstiltzkin) is a well-known fairy tale which was collected in Germany by the Brothers Grimm and originally published in "Children's and Household Tales" (1812). The story follows the trials of a miller's daughter who is imprisoned by the king after her father spreads a lie that she can spin straw into gold.
While this fairy tale sets up the miller's daughter as the protagonist and Rumpelstiltskin as the antagonist, I've always felt that the dwarf was misunderstood and villainized. My version of this tale takes a different stance, revealing the miller's daughter as a power-hungry woman who would sacrifice her own flesh and blood for the advancement of her station and, at the same time, portraying Rumpelstiltskin as one of the Fair Folk who was looking for a human bride to share an eternity and a soul with him.
In Rumpled, Rumpelstiltskin is a prince of his own race, one who fell in love with the miller's daughter and attempted to save her from herself. The Fair Folk can hide or change their appearances, but when the miller's daughter (turned queen) cast an evil spell on him, he was trapped in the visage he'd chosen as a subterfuge. In my retelling, the only thing that can save him and restore him to his true nature is the milk of his betrothed – Bianca.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I am an avid reader of fairy tales and fantasy. I love the original fairy tales, but I also enjoy modern renditions. Angela Carter is my all-time favorite when it comes to fairy tale retellings, but I also enjoy the work of Margaret Atwood, Gregory Maguire, Robin McKinley and many other masters working in the field.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I am a sucker for the evil stepmothers in fairy tales. They have always seemed more interesting and complex than traditional fairy tale heroines, who tend to be helpless and insipid. I like writing about strong women who shape their own destinies. Forget Prince Charming. My erotic twists on fairy tales reveal women characters discovering and utilizing their feminine power.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don't watch television, but I do enjoy films. My favorites are fairy tales and fantasy including Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the X-Men movies and Marvel's superhero flicks.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on expanding the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series over the next several months and anticipate the release of two titles a month. Upcoming fairy tales slated for publication include twists on Rapunzel, Snow White, Bluebeard, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast as well as lesser known stories such as The Tinderbox and The Red Shoes.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The most recent release in the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series is Porked: An Erotic Twist on The Three Little Pigs. Like all of my twisted tales, this piece takes on new life as it follows the exploits of painter extraordinaire Mauricio Lobo, known in the underground world of the fae by the title of the "Wolf." Fleeing the fae with a forbidden painting, the Wolf finds refuge in the form of an extravagant portrait commission extended by a reclusive Southern heiress. Eager to add the heiress and her female companions to his private art collection, the artist plots the perfect trap -- with one fatal flaw. These three voluptuous women have connections to the fae world as well. And before long, the hunter becomes the hunted in this BDSM retelling of the classic favorite.
After freeing himself from a spell that left him trapped deep within the earth, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the kingdom built on the foundation of spun gold to claim his promised bride. Trapped in a twisted form, the ensorcelled fairy prince keeps the beautiful Bianca bound as he suckles at her breasts, inducing the virgin's milk needed to return to his true form. Bianca witnesses her captor's transformation from her breast milk and, in turn, begins to explore her new sensuality under his nimble touch. But when he refuses to consummate their union, Bianca must make the choice of returning to her place as a princess of the realm or reveling in her new-found sexual freedom. Can she seduce the fairy prince to succumb to her charms or will his noble resolve keep them apart forever? Will the fair prince Rumpelstiltskin keep his promise to free the woman of his dreams or will the captor become the captive?
Madeleine Shade grew up reading fairy tales and spent her college years studying the work of Angela Carter, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Maria Warner and Jack Zipes among others. Her erotic fairy tales take a steamy twist on childhood favorites. As a special bonus, each twisted tale comes complete with an original version of the fairy tale and author's notes.
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