When I tell people that I’ve written a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, often I get asked, “Do you watch Once Upon a Time?” Yes! I love that show! And Rumpelstiltskin is one of my very favorite characters, of course. Robert Carlyle does an amazing job of staying true to the creepy villainy we so often associate with the character, and yet he is sympathetic (when he’s not all green-scaly and ripping out hearts and other mean things.) Also his body language is spectacular.

Sometimes people ask if my book was inspired by the show and this has inspired me to write a blog post in answer to this question.

Did the TV show Once Upon a Time inspire me to write Rump

No. I was mostly inspired by those old guys Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Also I wrote my book before Once ever came out and those who have both read my book and watched Once will attest that we have taken the character and his tale in very different directions. For one, my Rump is only twelve. He’s also the good guy. He’s rather sweet and funny, actually. And unlike many renditions of Rumpelstiltskin, Rump really is appropriate for children under the age of twelve. (I had to convince a librarian of this truth just yesterday.)

So here’s to all the awesome version of Rumpelstiltskin in the world, in books and film, to which I’m excited to add Rump to the list! LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, FRIENDS!!!


  1. Can’t wait!

    • gaylene

    • February 12, 2013

    • 3:12 pm

    So excited!

  2. I like the idea of a retelling of Rumplestiltskin, and it’d be interesting to read one that’s different from the Once Upon a Time version. I have watched that show and it is pretty good. I like the Evil Queen best, especially because she’s not always so evil. But I haven’t been watching lately, because it’s the kind of show where it makes a lot of difference if you miss just one or two episodes; I don’t like getting hooked like that. And I’ve always been more obsessed with crime dramas.

  3. I really enjoyed RUMP. I haven’t seen Once Upon a Time, but it sounds like a fun show. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

    • Shallee

    • February 16, 2013

    • 5:52 am

    It’s getting so close! Can’t wait to read it. Except for the common base in a fairy tale, I don’t think your book sounds anything like Once Upon a Time! Which is what makes retellings so fun– seeing different people’s take on the same thing.

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