Beautiful People // My Snow White Retelling

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NaNo is coming up fast, and I’ve been wildly flailing to get ready. But it’s kind of hard to get ready when you don’t know what you’re writing yet. XD

I was trying to determine between two novels, but it was really getting me worked up and I just couldn’t choose one. Plus the outlines weren’t finished, and I there was no way I’d finish them in time.

So, I veered off in a totally different direction. Some of you may know about the Rooglewood Press Contest. This year’s challenge is writing a Snow White retelling. And so that’s what I’m doing. The story has to be under 20,000 words, so I’ll have to do some extra to make up for that, but that aside…


So today is a Beautiful Books. It will probably be incoherent and vague since I don’t even exactly know what I’m doing with this retelling yet, but enjoy nonetheless!

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I’ve thought about this contest since I first learned what fairytale we were challenged to retell. So…About five months? Me and my family came up with numerous ideas, but I finally decided on this one and I’m really excited to dive in!

Describe what your novel is about!

I’ve surprised myself by writing something with more of a historical fiction feel. I never write that, but hey, who can know the mind of a writer? It takes place in the 1920s in New York. There is much swing music, fedoras and suits, mystery, fun slang terms, and a mafia family (hint, hint, that family is the seven dwarves 😉 ). While I haven’t nailed down the plot yet, I already have my characters, and a basic direction to go in. More details to come!

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!


Mystery. Black and white. Pearls. Mafia. Mirrors. A dash of magic.

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Well. That could take a while. XD But here are my main three:

Gwyneth // Snow White


Nathaniel // The Prince


Rhiannon // The Evil Queen


How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Lots of flailing. Mild doses of panic. Much screeching.

Hahahaha, totally kidding. *nervous sweating* I usually write some sort of outline (both my favorite and least favorite part of the process) and then just pound it out.

But this year, I’m going for more a different approach. I’m still a total planner at heart, but this NaNo, I’m going to be partially winging it.

I know that sounds crazy coming from me (if you’ve known me any amount of time), but it’s not like I won’t have some sort of notes. I figure, it’s a novella. It’s short and I can play around with it. If I don’t like something, it’s a relatively simple fix.

I’ll probably be eating my words here soon. XD

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

I’m really excited about the characters. I’m always excited about the characters. Sure, it’s great coming up with a super awesome idea, but it’s the characters that I’m always excited about. I can’t wait to see how I can tie in the classic tale with something of my own, while still making it original. It’s going to be a bit of a challenge. But it should be a good time. 🙂

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.



New York




What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Gwyneth’s goal in this story is to find her dad who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. She discovers a mafia family, who she starts to become friends with. But little does she know, she’s being hunted. By someone much stronger than any mafia family.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Um…spoilers? *nervous smile because I don’t even know yet*

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I want readers to feel like they’ve been transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties, but to also, I want them to feel encouraged. Just because your small doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. ❤

Well, peoples, that’s it. Do you think this idea sounds interesting? Am I crazy? Are any of you doing NaNo this year? Maybe we can panic together in the comments below. ^_^



18 thoughts on “Beautiful People // My Snow White Retelling

      Yes, they’re a small group that works for a bigger group. 🙂 Yes! I was so glad I found that photo! It looks exactly as I picture her! ^_^
      Thanks for stopping by! ❤


  1. Super cool idea! I’ve heard so much about so many people’s entrants for the Rooglewood contest, but this one is really unique! 1920s New York sounds like such a cool place to set a snow white story. and a mafia family as the seven dwarves? Wow! Good luck with NaNo!

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    • Thank you Chelsea! I’m glad you think it’s unique! It’s going to be really fun to explore. I don’t usually set my stories in real-life settings, so this is going to be new for me! Yes, it should be really fun! Thank you very much! ❤



    Your story sounds SOOOOO good! I can’t wait to hear more about it!!!

    I am sort of maybe kind of considering Nano out of the corner of my eye. I have a couple of projects I could work on… buuuuut… also editing. Sigh. If I do decide to participate in Nano… I might need to actually pick a project and finish the outline for said project… :glances around shiftily:

    Maybe I’m just being Howl… I keep telling myself I’m NOT doing Nano… and that will trick me into actually attempting it. LOL

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    • I AM TOOOO!!! *flails with you*

      Ack, thank you so much! I’m so glad! ^_^

      Haha, I felt the same way about choosing a project. I just couldn’t decide, so I did something totally different than what I was planning. We’ll see how it goes, since I’m not too well prepared… XD

      Could be! XD I know that I’ve done that to myself many times before. 😀 Whatever you decide to do, edit, outline, write, I wish you luck in it! ❤


  3. OH MY GOODNESS, MADELINE J. ROSE WHAT GENIUS HAVE YOU CONCOCTED. Seriously, mafia dwarves??? Snow White in the 20’s? I LOVE IT. And that picture you have of Snow White seems to fit the story perfectly from what I can tell. 😀

    I’ll be cheering for you, girl! Best of everything with NaNo!

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    • OH MY GOSH AGGGGHHHHH THANK YOOOOOUUUU. 😀 EEP, I’m SO glad you like it!! It’s been so much fun exploring the 20’s era!! Yes, when I found that picture, the setting just seemed to fall into place. ^_^

      Aww, you’re too sweet! Thank you! <333


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