What are the Golden Braids?
The Golden Braids are five retellings of Rapunzel by five different authors, each unique in tone, setting, and moral. This collection has something in it for every reader.
And having read two of the stories already, I firmly stand behind that there is a story for every reader in this collection.
Today’s focus is of short story Molly Storm, which I thought to be a very unique retelling, by Annie Louise Twitchell. If you’re curious what I thought of this five-star read, here is a link to my review on Goodreads, but in the meantime, come join me in my chat with Annie all about this great story.
About the Book
A witch, a pirate, a lighthouse, and… seaweed? Molly Storm is a short story inspired by the tale of Rapunzel.
“You and I, lass, we’re both sides of the same coin. We’re both the heart of the ocean, but you’re more the kindness and goodness. I’m the storms that crush ships. Don’t cross me, Molly. I’ll crush all the sweetness out of you.”
– Hi Annie! I’m SO excited to be chatting with you! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Fluffy Murder Kitten is three words, right? That’s my nickname in some places because I’m mostly soft and friendly and light but I also have claws and people don’t really understand that until they run into them.
– That is an epic nickname! I hope to never by chance run into your claws. 😉 I noticed on your website that you mentioned you’re “obsessed with dragons and fairy tales.” What are some of your favorite fairy tales? 🙂
Oh, dear. I’m a sucker for a good Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, but my absolute favorite has always been The Goose Girl. I still don’t have a copy of the edition I fell in love with when I was seven and wandering the children’s department at the Bangor Public Library.
– That is one short story I still don’t know what it is about! I’ve read one retelling, but not the actual story. I noticed you also mentioned enjoying many forms of art. Care to share as well what some of your favorites are? 😉
I love pencil line art. It’s so soothing and relaxing.
– One of my really good friends just recently taught me how to draw and I completely agree. I find it to be very relaxing and rewarding. So many congrats on the release of Molly Storm! It was such a unique setting and definitely one of my favorite parts. What inspired you to have the story take place on the coast?
Mostly missing the best place on earth, Flood’s Cove in Friendship Maine. Also Kendra wanted a lighthouse retelling. Since I’m a Mainah, I know a bit about lighthouses. (But I’m an inland Mainah, so I know more about trees and logging sites.) Really it was just a curious blend of circumstances that ended up all lining up in the right order.
– That’s awesome! I don’t think I’ve read a story taking place at a lighthouse and thought it utterly delightful 🙂 I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with? What would you guys do?
From this book, or all of my books? 😛 From this one, I think I’d want to hang out with Matty. He’s such a dear. I want to know more about his story. Who knows, maybe someday he’ll tell me.
– Oooo yes! I wouldn’t mind hearing more of his story too! For my last question, that ending was absolutely beautiful. Did you get emotional when realizing how the story would unfold or when writing it? (I loved it!)
I wrote it pretty late at night and then just reread what I’d written and decided to cry about it for a while. I cried ever time I came to it in editing. I was not expecting that. In fact, the original ending was nothing like what I ended up with, but I’m cool with that. This is so much better.
– Awww! Hugs! I’m pretty 100% sure I would be the same too! Thanks so much for sharing more about the writing of Molly Storm, Annie! Can’t wait to see what you’ll share with us readers next!
About the Author
Annie Louise Twitchell is a homeschool graduate who is obsessed with dragons and fairy tales. She enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and many forms of art. When she’s not writing, she can often be found reading out loud to her cat, rabbit, and houseplants, or wandering barefoot in the area around her Western Maine home. In addition to seven published works, she has several poetry awards and pieces in four anthologies.