Follow Elaine's blog for news and information about her collection of original, feminist fairy tales, The Silver Moon Storybook and forthcoming publications.

March 2, 2020

A few years ago, before I decided to self-publish and was still working with Wysewomen Publishing, the subject of a companion piece for The Silver Moon Storybook came up. 

Something that I wasn't expecting whilst marketing Silver Moon was the assumption among quite a lo...

January 16, 2020

Clearly I have a bit of a thing about mermaids. As a follow-up to my feminist breakdown of The Mermaid Summer which was one of my favourite books as a child, and my own Sea Queen from Silver Moon; now I'm going to set about deconstructing Ariel from Disney's The Little...

June 13, 2019

What bleak monsters live in the deeps? Below the shimmering surface, where all might be calm and smooth. Where sunbeams make their merry dance 'til gold dissolves into amber, orange, red, and finally they bow to make way for the dark and their pale sister. What creatur...

March 5, 2019

Where the north wind blows restlessly over a bleak and lonely land, there lived a family of five large and hardy brothers and one silent sister. The brothers worked long and hard every day, farming the land and tending the beasts that provided food and companionship fo...

February 20, 2019

Down by the canal basin, where the reeds grow thick and green beside

 murky water, and the monstrous pike rises sleepily from the depths to draw circular patterns on his ceiling, there lived a bevy of beautiful, proud white swans and a raft of bustling brown ducks. Thes...

February 7, 2019

So the dream was that The Silver Moon Storybook would be for colouring-in as well as reading; this was driven by my realisation at 35 that I'm actually as much of a visual learner as I am wordy and numbery. I wanted my readers to have the chance to absorb the positive...

January 22, 2019

There's another blog review of my book en route shortly, which is very exciting. I'll share details as soon as I receive them - hopefully in the next week or so. 

In the meantime, the lovely reviewer forced me into a bit of self-analysis today with the following questio...

January 21, 2019

​​So it turns out Nicola from Wysewomen Publishing was absolutely spot-on, and books are almost exactly like babies. They're exhausting, stressful and painful to produce, a labour of love. They force you to confront strengths, weaknesses and feelings you didn't even kn...

November 30, 2018

I was recently asked by a bloke on the internet “what is a pro-woman

fairy tale?”

The term “pro-woman” really came from a reluctance on my part to ​​use the word “feminist” to describe my work in an open forum; this stemmed from experience of how very off-putting using t...

September 24, 2018

What darkness lies in the past of a little witch, cursed into the shape of a giant?

As the silver moon rises, who will save a magical unicorn, imprisoned in the castle of a tyrant, or befriend an enormous clown who roams the world alone? Can a humble weaver find the cou...