Part of my job as a mother is bedtime stories. I love this job because I love stories, both reading and writing them, and everything they can mean to us, everything they can teach us about both ourselves and the world.
Quite often Miss Rose asks me not to read her a story but to tell her one, classic fairytales but not from words, from my memory. Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs… she loves them. And she loves them more when they’re my versions.
I don’t get the time I need to write. I’m working on my third novel and it’s a challenging one. It is a complex story set in both the past and the present with a cast of diverse and rich characters. It needs time and dedication to focus on it and write this tale to the best of my abilities and in the run up to Christmas with the kids and everything going on, I’m just not getting the hours of quiet brain space I need. And I miss it. I miss being creative.
Because of this I have decided to use that need to create in writing out the stories I tell to my children. The classics. Telling these old favourites in my words, partly because I love to create, partly because you might enjoy reading them to your own children, and partly because it’s good practice for me to keep writing fiction even when it’s not the fiction I need to be writing for my book.
So look out for them. The Barnes Classics. Favourite fairytales in the words of me, J.J. Barnes.
If you love them, read them to your own children. They’re a big hit with mine, especially anything with a big, bad wolf in it.
You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.
Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!