HANNAH LESNIAK is a believer of fairies, spirits, and truth. She knows that the truth can be bitter, but that tea can make anything better. She is a supporter of libraries and continues to make her way through the ranks to become a librarian (currently in the position of squire/circulation). She received her BA in English from Madonna University and is currently working on her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. She has been interested in The Steadfast Tin Soldier since she saw a narrated cartoon on the mysterious holiday compilation VHS found in her basement. To this day, she still has no idea from whence it appeared. That particular story had a happy ending, as did the Disney version in Fantasia 2000. When she read the original story, the ending haunted her, like death and beauty haunt us all, and led her to write Steadfast.
Hannah's Published Works
Steadfast—a short story published in The Bearded Scribe Press' inaugural anthology, Twice Upon A Time—is a poignant and poetic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, told through the eyes of a stationary, music box ballerina. Magic Realism meets Paranormal Romance in this dark story of old versus new, unrequited love, loyalty, and sacrifice.