Friday, March 11, 2016

FOLDS IN LIFE AND DEATH

Why Cherie Reich Wrote “Folds in Life and Death”
for
Parallels: Felix Was Here
the IWSG Anthology!


Four elements inspired me to write “Folds in Life and Death”: 1. the IWSG anthology contest, 2. the Curse of Tippecanoe, 3. my fascination with origami and paper magic, and 4. the grief I felt by the on-the-air deaths of Allison Parker and Adam Ward.

Despite insecurities, I couldn’t pass up the chance to submit a story. The genre of alternate history spurred me to think up ideas. The perfect one hit me while showering.

In fifth grade, I learned of the Curse of Tippecanoe. According to legend, Tecumseh had his brother place a curse against Harrison and future presidents elected in years with the same number as Harrison (1840). The curse ended when Reagan survived an assassination attempt, but my mind whispered an intriguing question: What if Reagan had died and what would happen to the new president elected in 2000?

From an early age, I’ve been fascinated by the art of paper folding. Paper planes fly. Paper frogs hop, and paper cranes’ wings flap. A simple piece of paper could transform into anything. The idea of paper magic isn’t new, but I enjoyed putting my spin on it in another short story (“Paper Lanterns” from the anthology Mayhem in the Air), and I revisited its world for “Folds in Life and Death.”

On August 26, 2015, WDBJ7 news reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were gunned down on live TV. I never had the honor of meeting them, but I have met people who’ve worked for WDBJ7 because it’s one of my hometown TV stations. Some events hit you harder, and this story gave me a chance to work through my emotions.

Without one of the four, the story wouldn’t have been the same. It’s interesting how these things work out.


COMING MAY 3, 2016
PRE-ORDER HERE!


Tagline: In 2001, the Curse of Tippecanoe strikes again.

Story Description: Allyson Moore loves using her gift of paper magics. With precise folds and an incantation, she brings paper creatures to life.

But being a Paperist has its downsides too. She sees spirits, but she can’t revive them. She folds paper lanterns to release souls, but she can’t stomach sending another family member from this earthly realm.

The Curse of Tippecanoe, conceived nearly two centuries before, claims her brother, the President of the United States. She must journey to Washington, DC to be with her orphaned niece and nephew, but nothing—not even magic—can prepare her to see the brother she hasn’t spoken to in two years and release his soul to the sky.

About the Author: Cherie Reich owns more books than she can ever read and thinks up more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying to complete her goals, even if it means curbing her TV addiction. A library assistant living in Virginia, she writes speculative fiction. Her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms.





Congratulations, Cherie!
Love the premise.

Have you ever used an alternate history to write your stories?
Will you now?



25 comments:

  1. That's an interesting assortment of things that went into your story. I had no idea there was a real curse.

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    1. Yeah, it's quite interesting to read how the real curse came about and how it seemed to affect the Presidency for over 120 years.

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  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Yolanda!

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for writing such a unique story! Sorry I'm late to the party, but I've been on the road all day.

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  3. Everything came together, although the last event sure wasn't something anyone wants to happen.

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    1. Yeah, I would have preferred the last one not to have happened to inspire the story.

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  4. Cherie, interesting how your story came to be. Real curses...yikes!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! It's fun to play on what seems to be quite the real curse.

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  5. Hey Yolanda - Got your comment. Enjoy the beach.

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  6. What an innovative combination of 4 separate ideas! It's very clever, and I'm glad it paid off and the story's in the anthology. Congrats, Cherie! :)

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  7. Fascinating to read what inspired your story, Cherie. I love knowing what inspires writers. :)

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    1. Thanks, Chrys! It is fun to read what inspires writers to write certain things. :)

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  8. Hm, interesting about the curse. How can anyone say the curse ended because someone survived it?

    Sorry not been around Yolanda, still fighting the Battle of the Bugs.

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    1. Ah, that's true. It's possible the curse has become dormant for the 1980 and 2000 elections. We'll have to wait and see what happens in 2020.

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  9. Nice to hear the backstory behind your winning entry.

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  10. Very interesting about the curse. (I hope you're satisfied; now, I'm going to look for more information on it. This whole anthology sounds terrific. If I hadn't ALREADY pre-ordered it, I'd have to do it now.

    I've never written anything based on an alternative history, but it sounds like it'd be a lot of fun to tackle.

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    1. Yes, I'm satisfied. ;) And I do that all the time with books (thinking I don't have it and then realizing I have purchased it or pre-ordered it).

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  11. Wow this story sounds so good! I love the idea of the alternative history re:the curse. Looking forward to reading this along with all the others in this anthology.

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  12. Wow, "Folds in Life and Death" sounds like such a fascinating story! Very cool how such radically different things could pool together and inspire you like that. This is bound to be a fantastic anthology!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I'm looking forward to reading the other stories in the anthology.

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