Why Iron Heinrich is my Favorite

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When people ask me what my favorite fairytale is, I usually tell them my second favorite. Mostly because it’s easier to simply say “Sleeping Beauty” than to explain the Iron Heinrich part of The Frog Prince.

In the version that includes Heinrich (so many leave him out), Heinrich is so distraught over his prince’s enchantment that he binds his chest with three iron bands to keep his heart from breaking. When the prince returns, his heart swells so much it is the bands that break.

The thing that has always fascinated me about the fairytale that leaves him out is that it made little to no sense to me as a child. Why would the prince want a princess who was so selfish and violent? Then again, why would the princess kiss a frog? I get that moral of the story is that promises need to be kept and that the rewards therein can be great, but what do you really owe an amphibian?

After my first time reading Iron Heinrich, some things fell into place for me. When it comes right down to it, I felt like something had gotten lost in translation along the many times this was retold before being written down. Honestly, it always made more sense to me that an early version of this story had the prince’s enchantment broken and then saw him return to his homeland to be with Heinrich.

In my retelling, I couldn’t exactly ditch the princess, so I kept her, tweaked the selfishness angle and wrote the three of them into a ménage that still makes more sense to me than the tale I originally read. After all, hearts breaking and iron bursting makes more sense for someone who truly loves another person. Also note: my retelling has no froggy make outs, no gears pinching lips.

Heinrich has always been a fascinating character and working with him, as well as the two more recognizable characters was pretty interesting. Creating a reason for a metal corset and playing with the different aspects and options that arise from a fairy’s ire… that was just plain fun.

Placing these characters in my world was remarkably easy. The story already had an iron component. If you’ve read the previous books, you’ll find some familiar characters and meet a character who shows up in a later book too.

Grab your copy of Iron Heinrich, or catch up on the rest of the series. Read the excerpt and check out the world in which my fairytales take place.

Beauty & The Clockwork Beast
Hazel & Gretel
Iron Heinrich: A Retelling of The Frog Prince
Jack & The Mechanical Beanstalks
Snow on the Sea: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


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