The Fairy's Tale

 Who decides what makes a happy ending?

Who decides what makes a happy ending?

The Fairy's Tale was rated 'Outstanding' in the 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2016) for Plot and Story Appeal; Structure, Organization and Planning; Character Appeal and Development; Voice and Writing Style; and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

For what is stupidity or arrogance when compared against a crown? The good will win and the wicked perish, and you and your stories decide what makes a person good or wicked. Not life. Not choice. Not even common sense. You.
— Seven, The Fairy's Tale

When Bea uncovers a terrifying secret she has a chance to save a young girl from a terrible fate - marrying a handsome King. But risking the wrath of GenAm and the terrifying three headed Beast is a little more action than she'd hoped for. Can a wannabe Fairy Godmother do bad to make good on her word? 

Buttercup Snowblossom goes by the name Bea. Buttercup is a fairy name, and Bea wants to be taken seriously. So far, however, the only person who seems to be taking Bea seriously is her landlord, a drunken gnome, and only then because he wants her rent. Life as cabbage fairy in the big city is not what Bea imagined it would be.

When Bea ran away from home, she was certain she would find success in the city. She was convinced she would be snapped up by the General Administration, whizzed through training, and be a Fiction Management Executive (godmother class) before her first year was out. Before she knew it, she'd be in the human world, running stories and making a name for herself. 

But that was then, and this is now.

Five years later, and Bea is nothing more than a plot-watcher, a skivvy for the real story-tellers. And so, bored and frustrated, Bea begins to take matters into her hands, making little changes to the stories. Nothing big, nothing serious, nothing that would get her into trouble. Well... until this last change, anyway...

Even Bea can see that making a giant wall of thorns grown up around a castle might be a bit more that a little change. And now it's the middle of the night, and there's a loud banging on her door...


I really enjoyed this book. It is clever and funny, genuinely making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. But it has darker elements too. […] It tackles the subject of free will both for the fae in their totalitarian state and the humans who are forced to live plots that might not be truly what they want in life. Life isn’t a fairy tale, and not everyone has the same idea about what makes a happy ever after
— Kelly, The Bookeaters
The world is Neil Gaiman, jokes are Terry Pratchett, and the politics are George Orwell, all originally made and sewn together by a brilliant wordsmith and storyteller who would please any fans of such authors.
— Miranda Kane, Comedian
This is a complex, often dark but still comedic world. It manages to avoid both post-modern tweeness and intellectual abstraction with its earthy characters and FD Lee’s humour
— Andrew Wallace, Author
I loved this book. It reminded me greatly of the works of Jasper Fforde, who writes the mysteries set in the world of fairy tales and who often takes the common tropes of that genre and stands them on their ears. You did something very similar here to very good effect. I was impressed with the way that you handled the slow reveal (and really the theme of the book) in questioning the entire concept of happily ever after. I read most of the book in a single sitting. I wanted to see what happened to the characters. It shouldn’t surprise you (based on this recommendation) that I will be sending your book along to the next round of judging. I do hope that you find a sizable audience who will enjoy this book as much as I did.
— Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Brilliantly written, funny, clever book!
— Paul Arvidson, author