I first learned about this community at ICFA, overhearing swan_tower
talking about it with someone else.
I'm a full-time author and anthologist, writing in both English and Spanish, who has published over 80 books in a wide array of genres.
My most recent book in English is a collection of retellings: FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS from A Midsummer Night's Press. There are two excerpts from the book ("Sleeping Beauty" and "The Little Mermaid") posted at the A Midsummer Night's Press website
(or also on my LJ). The book is available for pre-order from Amazon.com (officially it's a June pub) or it is available now direct from the publisher.
Other fairy tale retellings appear regularly in all three of my collections of my short stories (THE DRAG QUEEN OF ELFLAND, HIS TONGUE, and TWO BOYS IN LOVE).
I'm also a contributor with retellings to numerous anthologies, such as BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF FAIRY TALES edited by Mike Ashley, HALF-HUMANS edited by Bruce Coville, etc. as well as to online magazines like MYTHIC PASSAGES and Endicott Studio's THE JOUNRAL OF MYTHIC ARTS.
As an anthologist, I have edited an anthology of retellings of Arthurian mythology, CAMELOT FANTASTIC (DAW Books), as well as books like TAROT FANTASTIC (DAW), VAMPIRE STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Metro Books), THINGS INVISIBLE TO SEE: LESBIAN AND GAY TALES OF MAGIC REALISM, etc. which sometimes contain retellings of one sort or another.
While I draw on many sources for my work, I am particularly drawn to fairy tale retellings, and I find I am drawn repeatedly to "Little Red Riding Hood." I'm not entirely sure why, but it seems to be my default fairy tale.
I also often wind up blending fairy tales (such as in "Maerchen to a Different Beat" which was published in PROM NIGHT edited by Nancy Springer and is reprinted in my story collection TWO BOYS IN LOVE.) or having echoes of fairy tales interspersed in work that is not necessarily a retelling. They seem to be my default lens for looking at the world.
One of my current projects is "In the Schwarzwald," a series of poems exploring the Holocaust through the lens of the Grimm fairy tales which also originated in that same region. (The most recent, a Cinderella-retelling titled "Kristalnacht" appeared in MYTHIC volume 1, edited by Mike Allen.)
Some of my non-fairy tale retellings include "The Asgard Philarmonic Plays the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture" in XANADU 3, edited by Jane Yolen, "Highwayscape with Gods" in HIGHWAYMEN AND ROBBERS edited by Jennifer Roberson, or "Christmas Day, Give or Take a Week" in ASIMOV'S (all Norse mythology) or "Fire in the Heart" in TALES FROM THE GREAT TURTLE edited by Piers Anthony and Richard Gilliam (Aztec mythology).
I was born in New York City and now live in Madrid, Spain. I used to work at the children's specialty bookstore Books of Wonder. For 5 years, I was the Spain Regional Advisor of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I also coordinated the SCBWI international Conference twice, once in Spain and once in Bologna.