James Weis writing as A. A. King
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Not So Grim Folk Tales
These tales are like potato chips—you can’t read just one. King has woven bits and characters from various fantasy stories into new stories. Cinderella and Snow White are there, but not in the same way with the same story. In addition to characters and events from the Grimm brothers, the tales borrow from more modern authors such as Porter, Poe, Pullman, and Rowling—even from Star Wars. Thus characters go back and forth in time, enchanted frogs and ravens appear, enchanted mirrors become enchanted paintings, a glass slipper becomes an enchanted earring, an animagus becomes a magimorph, and the force is with us—only it’s not the force.
The stories are written as stand-alone tales, but some members of the folklore cast used in the stories reappear from one tale to another. And each story is written to fit into the fantasy folklore world of the Faerie Circle, even though, for those who know their fantasy stories, there may be a faint echo here and there of a tale previously heard.
Clarion review—Audience members could happily choose just one piece to enjoy, but King’s accessible style encourages readers to continue to turn the page.
Kirkus review—Fun folk tales about fairies, witches, wizards, and more, help tell a story of destiny, hope and love.
King contemplates the Folklore World from a library in Florida.
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More Not-So-Grim Folk Tales
When people run up against magic, problems happen.The characters from The Western Folklore World are back, with new stories and more characters portraying the interaction between the real world and the folklore fantasy one. A dragon guards a pile of gold. Where have we seen that before? A genie pops, not out of a lamp, but a wine bottle. He grants wishes, but they come at a terrible price. The elf apprentice tries to use magic to clean up his master’s workroom, but it turns into a Disney disaster—sort of. A tower appears in the Enchanted Forest, with a captive woman inside. Does she have super long hair? Not in this story. Instead she spins straw into gold. A young boy and his sister, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of candy. Sound familiar? But there’s no witch and no oven. Instead the little girl eats a piece of the windowsill and turns to stone. So it goes, from tales we know come new stories to entertain readers. But they all involve magic, and as you know, magic always comes with a price.
Winner of the Florida Writers Association 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award
And The Western Folklore World
Jacob Turklingle, Praefectus of the Folklore Praesidium has a problem. Count Petrov, a member of the undead, has been sucking the blood of villagers. The rules say: Animal blood only. The penalty for a serious transgression is banishment from the Folklore World. Jacob’s problem is the Count’s magic. It is too strong for the wizard to counter.
The only thing Jacob can think to do is consult the Oracle. When he does, there is good news and bad news. The good news is there will be a woman with power to banish the Count. The bad news is the woman has yet to be born. Princess Natasha is that woman, and this is her story.
If you are in the library in the dead of night and hear the clicking of computer keys, it’s not a ghost. It’s only King, telling the next Folklore Story. King is still living in a library in Florida, using its computers while contemplating the Folklore World.
Fantasy and Mystery Fiction
Adult Short Story
Florida Writers Association (FWA)
Society of Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators
Mystery Writers of America
Ormond Writers League (OWLS)
2014 Royal Palm Literary Award
Jim grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago. His first creative writing was as contributing editor for his high school senior class anthology of short stories and poems.
As a West Point cadet, he contributed several short stories to The Pointer, the student magazine of the day.
During a thirty-year career in the service, he wrote mountains of technical material, for the U.S. Army and internationally on behalf of the United States.
After retiring, he wrote more technical material for Brookdale College as an adjunct professor of computer science.
Deciding to switch to fiction, Jim took two courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature and began writing short stories and YA novels. Writing as A.A. King, he has published two books of folk tales for young adults and a folk tale novella which won the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) from the Florida Writers Association. He was a finalist for the RPLA in the short story category in 2011, 2012, and 2014. He was one of the top ten picks to be included in the FWA 2015 short story anthology, and had several flash fiction stories published the FWA magazine.
In addition to the Florida Writers Association, Jim is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, and the venerable Ormond Writers League.
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