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A little birdie by the name of Amalia Dillin called me out to participate in an author bloghop, so today I’ll be sharing with you a little about myself and introducing you to few fabulous authors you should really know about.
Note: You’ll have to forgive me. As we finally emerge from this very long winter, you’ll notice I’m a bit anxious to get on with spring and get out in the garden.
1) What I’m currently pecking away at:
Oh my, so many seeds (and weeds!) in my garden at the moment! Being the fairy tale addict that I am, I am currently working on a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and having gotten a bit distracted from that, I began setting up a Beauty and the Beast retelling that has been slowly budding in my mind for several years now. I am also editing a monster of a scifi novel, and outlining the third novel to come after Opal and Obsidian (forthcoming). The third book, which I am tentatively calling Bloodstone, will likely have elements of King Midas and the Golden Touch. And, as if that isn’t enough to keep me occupied, I’m explorng a blossoming idea for a contemporary YA novel.
2) How do my particular hybrids differ from others of their genre?
Whether I am writing a fairy tale retelling, a scifi novel, or a contemporary YA piece, I strive for lyricism, so that much of my writing has a slightly poetic appeal. I do spend a lot of time on back story, character development, and plot, but if that’s all a story is, it tends to loose its artistry. A bloom, after all, will wilt and wither without its fistful of decay and its slow, sun-provoked pulse. (And yeah, I really love imagery.)
3) Why do I write what I do?
My high school creative writing teacher always said, “If you can’t find the book you want to read, then it’s up to you to write it.” It drives me crazy to have a story in my subconscious that isn’t out there on a shelf somewhere. So really, I write it for me. Also, I have a nagging curiosity, and when I read the fairy tales of old, I can’t help wanting more from them. Why did the woodcutter bother putting stones in the belly of the wolf? What’s behind the enchantment of the Twelve Dancing Princesses? Were the witch and the stepmother in Hansel and Gretel one and the same person? If I can’t find the answers, I am overwhelmed with the desire to answer them myself.
When it comes to YA, there are even more questions about identity, confidence, desire and boundaries that I cannot overcome without digging down for that tender, white bulb of human spirit and potential growth. Really. I’ve got to get outside and plant something…
4) How does my writing process work?
My writing process tends to be long and slow-forming, with the heft of ideas for a story or poem growing in my mind over time, sometimes for years, before my fingers ever touch the laptop keys. If it’s a novel, I work out an outline so I don’t get lost, and add to it as the ideas come, eventually fleshing out scenes. But, being merely human, I get distracted, so I often flit from one project to another. As a testament to that, I have a lot coming up: a short YA piece, If It Rains coming out in April from Sucker Literary; a contemporary fairy story, Solomon’s Friend, appearing this summer in the anthology Fae by World Weaver Press; and a tidbit of horror to emerge soon in Specter Spectacular: 13 Deathly Tales. Because as a writer, I’m a bit ADD. My attention bounces from the breadcrumbs of a novel to poetic asides, interdimensional travel to the after life of animals, and from high school horrors to cranky hobgoblins. And for extra inspiration and growth, I squeeze in a lot of highly eclectic (ADD) reading as well.
Here’s what I have currently available:
Opal, my retelling of Snow White, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other ebook retailers. For a new take on Cinderella, check out my short retelling, Cinder, in Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales, also available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Several of my short stories and poems can be found in the issues of Scotland’s beautifully rendered literary magazine, Far Off Places, including a poetic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood called Bone Tree. Check back here for updates on many stories to come, or follow me on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.
~And now to introduce those fabulous authors I mentioned earlier~
Amalia Dillin is the author of the addictive Fate Of The Gods series published by World Weaver Press. Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats–to pull her chariot through the sky, of course. Her short stories have been published by Daily Science Fiction and Birdville magazine, and you can find links to all her work online at http://www.amaliadillin.com.
Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of Metastasis, an anthology to benefit cancer research, and the forthcoming World Weaver Press anthology Fae. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Mythic Delirium.
A YA author represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen&ink Literary Studio, Hannah is the founder and editor of Sucker Literary, which features undiscovered and new YA authors. Her YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald.
Hannah is a member of AWP , SCBWI , and ARIA as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. Learn more about Sucker Literary and follow Hannah on Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Tumblr, and follow Sucker Literary news on Facebook and Twitter.
Elise Forier Edie is the author of the paranormal romance novella The Devil in Midwinter, which blends Sleeping Beauty, Mexican folklore and monsters, published through World Weaver Press. Other recent works include the play The Pink Unicorn, which performed at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, a short story, Leonora, published in Penumbra magazine and several plays, included in the anthology Original Middle School Scenes and Monologues, edited by Kent R. Brown. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is married to actor Keith Edie. When she is not writing, she likes to make quilts and soup, but rarely at the same time.
Elise will be all over the web in April and May, giving away prizes and free copies of her The Devil In Midwinter, so be sure to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, and of course, on her blog!