From the Stories of Old: A Collection of Fairy Tale Retellings with Corinne Morier

By Kathrese McKee | Book Recommendations

Meet Corinne Morier, one of the authors in the “Just Us League” anthologies, From the Stories of Old: A Collection of Fairy Tale Retellings. She is the author of “Mother’s Gift,” a retelling of “The Goose Girl.”

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In this international collection, new life is given to fairy tales, both classic and obscure.

Mythical creatures put the fairy in Fairy Tale. Mermaids, selkies, and ocean guardians experience the best and worst of humanity; sisters encounter an unusually friendly bear; a brave bride meets a silly goose; and a spinner of gold sets the record straight.

Urban fantasies modernize classics: a Frenchman learns the truth about magic, his past, and his girlfriend; a girl sets out to find love but receives a curse; and today’s naughty list makes Old Saint Nick not-so-jolly.

New worlds bring a fresh sense of wonder! In the future, a young woman fights for her people and herself; a bastard son finds acceptance in a world ruled by women; and a farmer’s wits win the heart of a frosty king.

Discover unexpected twists on old favorites, and fall in love with new tales and worlds to explore!


How did you get the idea for your book?

“Mother’s Gift” is a retelling of “The Goose Girl,” which has been one of my favorite fairy tales ever since I was a child. When we decided to publish an anthology of fairy tale retellings, I knew from the start that I wanted to adapt The Goose Girl as a homage to childhood nostalgia.

What’s the main theme or lesson of your story?

The main theme behind the story is that being true to who you are and honest with yourself and your loved ones will always prevail over trying to lie or cheat to get what you want.

Why did you choose to write Young Adult fiction?

The very definition of Young Adult fiction is “coming of age stories.” A story should be about a character growing and changing, and the Young Adult genre allows for the most flexibility in the types of these stories that can be told.

What else would you like to share?

In my story “Mother’s Gift,” there is a ring that plays a pivotal role in the plot. I designed this ring after my own high school class ring, which went missing soon after graduation, and I didn’t find again until I finished college. When I decided to add the ring, I saw my class ring and decided to write it into the story.

About the Author

Corinne Morier is a fantasy author with a penchant for writing stories that make readers feel. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she now lives in Japan, where she works as a TEFL teacher for her local elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, watching anime, and, of course, writing. Her paranormal flash fiction story The Photo was published by Roane Publishing, and her fantasy short story Mother’s Gift is available in the anthology From the Stories of Old. You can keep up with her latest by following her blog at and her YouTube channel ALTKaren, where she posts videos about her life in Japan.

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.