Hello and welcome, I’m Brenda Davis Harsham. I live in New England with my fantastic husband and three story-telling children, where we are surrounded by music, gardens and magic.  The world is full of possibility and wonder. I’m inspired by nature, my kids, friends, storms, coincidences, art and memories. I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember.

This site is for kids of all ages. I post kid-friendly stories and poetry illustrated with my own photographs, unless otherwise indicated. Stories are listed on the Story Contents page with links to the stories. I also publish poetry, listed on the Poetry Contents page. Longer stories are listed under the Adventurous Fairy Tales menu. I also offer haiku, haibun and flash fiction in the menu. My work has been published elsewhere as well, and these are listed under Publications.

Art Prints are Available at Society6

Fine art prints are available to purchase on the Society6 website. These include a series of abstracts in nature. 

I publish occasional fairy tales written by kids, but I am not soliciting manuscripts at this time. They are published under the By&4Kids group, just click here or on the side bar. 

If you are interested in illustrating one of my stories, I am open to that also. I had fun collaborating with an Indonesian artist, Alf Sukatmo, on The Birthday and the Troll. He’s very talented!


I love visiting schools. I perform puppet shows, do readings, teach poetry, and discuss writing as a career/craft. Contact me at the email address below to discuss if interested. 

I created an Other Authors page where I give recommendations and (very) brief reviews for some of my favorite books. These are books that are like my old friends. I’ll be adding as I go. To quote my favorite t-shirt, “So many books, So little time.” I also could possibly earn about 10 cents if you follow the link and actually purchase the book from Amazon. (No obligation, I can probably find a dime under the driver’s seat of my van if I’m desperate).

All stories excerpted on this website, friendlyfairytales.com, unless otherwise indicated, have been written by Brenda Davis Harsham with all copyrights reserved by the author. No copying for commercial purposes will be permitted except by written permission of the author. Feel free to reblog or share, since I assume you won’t even get a dime out of that. All work is fictional (except the About Page, obviously) and any similarity to real places and/or people is accidental, unintentional or, possibly, your imagination. 😉


All photographs were taken by Brenda Davis Harsham unless otherwise noted. Please don’t use without permission and without crediting me and friendlyfairytales.com.

Author can be contacted at friendlyfairytales@gmail.com. Member of SCBWI and the 12×12 Picture Book Writing Challenge.

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Note: Photo of Author taken 2013 by K. Harsham

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834 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow Brenda what a journey you have been on. Once from our neck of the woods and parents still here to you packing up and moving to New England. This is exciting. Its going to be fun tagging along with you and seeing the world through your eyes and words.

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  3. Hello Dear,

    You have a beautiful blog here. I loved your theme. Great content and the colours are easy on the eyes.I was intrigued to read it and was wondering if you and I could be collaborators. I am a new blogger and started my humble blog some three months ago and had almost 3,300 followers. I believe blogging community is the most supportive and encouraging community. I want some writers as well. I kept unwell and was looking for someone who would like to post on my blog too. I would be highly obliged if you take a look at my blog and allow me an opportunity to collaborate with you. I love to write and write for some Ezines and Webzines like Roberta Pimentel and The Millionaire’s Digest. I write poetry, free articles, short stories and all other things. I can write content you want and word limit can be followed too.

    Warm Regards

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    • I write all my own content, but I occasionally reblog something that fits with my theme. I collaborate with illustrators sometimes. I’m unclear what you are asking me. Are you wanting me to publish something of yours or are you wanting me to write for you?

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  4. Hi Brenda,

    I’ve always enjoyed reading your friendly fairy tales; you come across as creative and your images are lovely.

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here’s the link: https://comeinsitdown.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/versatile-blogger-award/

    Your participation is totally voluntary, you don’t have to accept the nomination. Should you decide not to take part, I will completely understand that and won’t be offended.

    I however will appreciate it if you chose to accept it; I see the nomination process as a way to promote my fellow bloggers work across the board and to spread the word.

    Thank you and best wishes,

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  5. Hi Brenda! I just wanted to let you know that I posted a link to your site on my writing resources page of my new site (www.mymindclutter.com). I wanted to send you a personal e-mail so it didn’t seem like I was shamelessly plugging myself here, but I didn’t see a contact page. Anyway, my site is just getting up and running, but I’ve been following yours for quite some time and found it so intriguing and informative that I wanted to add your link. I hope you don’t mind! Keep up the great work!

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    • I couldn’t find the right page, but I visited another of your resources pages. Thanks for this nice compliment. I’m glad you are coming back to writing. I had a long hiatus in fiction/poetry writing, although I’ve always used my writing skills. I’m excited lately to be finding places to publish poetry. I’m still working on picture books, middle grade and YA books, too, because I can never take a simple approach. LOL


      • I’m sorry, perhaps I posted the wrong link! Here is the direct link if you’re interested in checking it out. http://www.mymindclutter.com/writing-resources/ — I have two sites and the one linked to my profile here is a different site centered around grief and loss. My writing site is independent of WP.com. Sorry for the confusion! Anyway, I understand not taking the simple approach. I’m pretty good at that myself, haha. There’s definitely more places for poetry than there used to be! Best of luck!

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        • Nice job! I checked it out but didn’t see a way to comment. I am glad I got more organized. It helps me submit things. Good luck to you, too. Grief is tough. We all have to figure out how to live with it, sooner or later.


  6. Hi Brenda, I love the whole idea of this whimsical world and philosophy of the lost art of story telling. Although I think of myself as somewhat creative, I could never quite master making up stories at bedtime for my sons other then one about an amiable sasquatch that lived on our property and kidnapped our elderly neighbor for a day due to loneliness. They loved that story. I have always enjoyed reading and am trying to pull back my two teenage sons into sharing this love but sadly have a fierce struggle competing with the ubiquitous iphone and ipad of today’s world. They are required to read a great deal in school but do not partake in their spare time, something I strive to change. I loved the movie “Fairy Tale, A True Story” and also enjoy the works of Cicely Mary Barker and her beautiful etching of flower fairies. I have a little store I frequent in the area (I live in CT) that sells Irish/English goods and found a lovely little book of postcards of her work. I love to send these post card to special friends with a little note penned. I too cherish to the lost art of letter writing. I love your site! Have great day.

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  7. Hi Brenda! A pleasure to meet you! I enjoyed reading your About section and have an even better – and more fun! – idea of you and your writing and photography. Thank you for visiting my blog page, after my LOTR comment I left behind on the Tea Party post. I am now following your blog – it has intrigued me and delighted my imagination – and I look forward to more posts from you. 🙂 Have a most amazing day!

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  8. Brenda your kind comment on my Blog inspired me to stopping by for a visit! You have a very nice Blog very inviting! I decided to Follow I hope that you will go back to mine and stay connected by a Follow . I am an Artist Designer I create unique Jewelry inspired by nature and I express my creativity in many different ways, I love photography, illustration, watercolor painting, digital art, poetry and more… 😉 I am looking forward to see you back!
    Also I host weekly “Meet and Greet Fridays! Event where you can leave your Blog link and I also host “And Featured is…” each month I select between all the link left on Fridays an inspiring Blog to introduce. I invite you to participate 🙂 Have a great day! Carolina

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  10. Hi Brenda,
    Thank you so much for your follow. I believe I thanked you when you commented on my blog, but I wanted to visit you here and say hi 🙂

    I plan to check out your enchanting site.

    peace, litebeing

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  11. Hi, thanks for stopping by and following my travels. I always appreciate comments. I will enjoy spending some time checking out your writings as well. As a retired educator, I have a special appreciation for those who look for the child in all of us. 🙂

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  12. Just discovered your wonderful blog after you kindly liked one of my posts. I am a Japanese teacher who loves haiku so great to find another blog with some haiku and other Japanese poetry forms. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. TJ


  13. Nice to see you and your world, Brenda. I am here, thanks to Oliana, who rebloged one of your poems. I will roam among the light-winged Dryads of your fairy land, and may keep pinging about whatever that delights..best wishes.. Raj.


  14. So glad to meet you! I admire both your purposes as stated here and your work. I’ll enjoy wandering around your pages now that I’ve found my way here with your help.


  15. Hi Brenda,

    Thank you so much for stopping by Organized Lunacy!

    I hope you are well and I wrote also to ask how I can contact you so I can send you the ebook I promised to subscribers of organizedlunacy.net

    I look forward to your response.

    Have a lovely day!



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