What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball? Or when the slipper fits . . . but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she is a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?
Welcome to the fourth day in a week-long Cinderella Tour hosted by Amber Stokes and Rooglewood Press!
Last year, Rooglewood Press hosted a short story contest with a Cinderella theme. Five Glass Slippers presents the five winning stories, all with a unique twist on the fairy tale's true-love story. Today's Cinderella is Stephanie Ricker, author of "A Cinder's Tale."
I haven’t finished Five Glass Slippers yet, but it's waiting on my Kindle...
Speaking of which, the book is on sale through the end of this week—you can currently get the ebook on Amazon for only $0.99, so now is a good time to check it out if you are interested. I loved Stephanie’s story, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the other authors have done with their stories. According to the blurb for “A Cinder’s Tale:”
It’s a dangerous life, yet Elsa wouldn’t trade this opportunity to work at Tremaine Station, mining cendrillon from the seething surface of planet Aschen. Nevertheless, when a famous deep space explorer and his handsome son dock their starcraft at the space station, Elsa finds herself dreaming of far galaxies beyond Aschen's blistering heat. There is no time for dreaming, however, when danger threatens the space station, and Elsa and her fellow miners are tested to the limits of their courage.
This story had me enchanted with its pumpkin patch full of bubbling lava, but it also introduces a fun, reinvented cast with Bruno, Gus, Jaq, and even the fay Marraine.
Today, Stephanie is answering questions about herself and "A Cinder's Tale," starting with her own Cinderella moment at Seasons of Humility. I’m excited to have Stephanie here today with a question of my own. So, welcome to The Loremistress, Stephanie!
Q: What would a ball gown spacesuit look like?
A: Hi, Audrey! Wow, tough question…I haven’t considered that before. Does the suit need to be life-supporting, perhaps for a ball in zero gravity? If so, the helmet wouldn’t be a bubble, but would be sleek, following the contours of the head, with a large viewplate so that the wearer still had good peripheral vision for dancing. The suit would be form-fitting and would transition smoothly into light boots that wouldn’t be too bulky. To give the impression of a ball gown, the suit would have sheer, flowing fabric attached here and there to float in zero gravity. I have no idea if this would actually work, but it sounds pretty!
Thanks, Stephanie! You’ve got a fantastic dress for Elsa in the story, even if it isn’t a spacesuit.
It does seem unlikely that someone would design a real space suit in a ball gown style. Still, if space travel becomes more practical, I’m sure someone will find a market for fashion designs even in space—perhaps for a suit like the one on the title page for “A Cinder’s Tale?”
Stephanie Ricker is a writer, editor, and tree-climber. She adores the cold and the snow but lives in North Carolina anyway, where she enjoys archery, hiking, canoeing, and exploring with friends.
Stephanie’s fiction has been published in Bull-Spec, a magazine of speculative fiction, and in four consecutive editions of The Lyricist, Campbell University’s annual literary magazine. She was the editor of the 2009 edition of The Lyricist, which won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association Contest. Stephanie’s non-fiction has been published in an assortment of medical magazines and newsletters, and her senior thesis on Tolkien was published in the 2009 issue of Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity for the State of North Carolina.
You can find out more about Stephanie and her writing on her blog: www.QuoththeGirl.wordpress.com.
Want to see what other questions Stephanie is answering today? Check out these links, but be sure to enter the giveaway below as well:
2. What was your inspiration for this particular story? Was it a picture, a phrase,something someone said, or something different?
7. ‘A Cinder’s’ Tale has a cast of characters that feel real enough to meet in real life (even the fay). Which actors do you think best fit their appearance?8. You mentioned in an interview with Anne Elisabeth Stengl that this was your first foray into fairy tales. Can we expect to see more sci-fi retellings in the future?
9. Your story takes place in the far corners of the universe. Do you have a favorite spot in outer space and a picture of it?