Kelly Link says writing is miserable work. But it’s better than anything else.

Kelly Link says writing is miserable work. But it’s better than anything else.

Kelly Link is the of “White Cat, Black Dog.” (Photo credit: Sharona Jacobs Photography / Courtesy of Random House) Kelly Link has always had a soft spot for all things magical. The author published her first full-length short collection, “Stranger Things Happen,” in 2001; the book contained tales of attractive aliens, a disappearing girl, and a dead man who writes letters to his wife. The collection garnered praise from Neil Gaiman, who called Link “probably the best short story writer currently out there.” She continued to win critical praise for the collections that followed: “Magic for Beginners,” “Pretty Monsters,” and “Get in Trouble,” the last of which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, with the award's judges praising her “fertile and often fabulist imagination.” Related : Sign up for our free newsletter books, authors, reading and more Link again returns to the bizarre and unearthly in “White Cat, Black Dog,” her latest book, published recently by Random House. The stories in the collection are fairy tales with a twist: Her take on “Hansel and Gretel” involves a brother and sister living on a planet filled with robots and aliens, while her retelling of Grimm's tale “Snow-White and Rose-Red” focuses on a country house with a mysterious owner and even weirder visitors. Link, who is also the co-founder of indie publisher Small Beer Press and the owner of the bookstore Book Moon in Easthampton, Massachusetts , answered questions about her work via email. Q: Have you had an interest in fairy tales your whole life? Yes, absolutely! Like most children, I got my dose of fairy tales (the vitamins of the fantastic) through picture books, films, cartoons, the Andrew Lang collections, and bedtime stories. And then, because I stayed a reader with an interest in fantasy, through retold fairy tales of writers like Angela Carter, Eudora Welty, A. S. Byatt, Margaret Atwood, and the work that editors like Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling commissioned for their wonderful anthologies of adult fairy tales. Q: What made you decide to dedicate a book to reimagined fairy tales? […]

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