When I was growing up, I used to wish something exciting would happen to me. To be more specific, I was hoping for an adventure along the lines of the Narnia books, where I would go into a closet during a game of hide and seek (we didn’t have a wardrobe), only to discover that it was a portal to a different land. Or perhaps I’d find a trapdoor in the garage that led to and underground world, like Og (for those not familiar with the reference, it’s a children’s book by Canadian author Pierre Burton). I imagine if I’d grown up a couple of decades later, I’d have fantasized about receiving a letter from Hogwarts, inviting me to come study magic.
Thirty-plus years later, I’m still dreaming. After spending my childhood reading countless fantasy novels, my tastes haven’t changed all that much. I still love to read books set in fantastical places – dystopian settings like The Hunger Games or Divergent, steampunk worlds like Philip Reeve’s Hungry City Chronicles, or alternative versions of medieval Europe like Celine Kiernan’s Moorehawke Trilogy.
The only difference is that I’m not just a reader anymore. Although I’ve been writing fantasy since I was eight, for the past three years, I’ve gotten serious about it. I’ve taken classes, participated in a critique group, joined various writers’ organizations, and even tried my hand in entering contests. So far, I’ve written two fantasy romances, both set in a world that resembles 16th century Asia and Middle East. My current WIP is my own twist on a fairy tale set in medieval Germany. My end goal is publication, but, along the way, I’ve taken a great deal of pleasure in the journey itself.
This blog will undoubtedly lead down a variety of paths – posts on my favorite fantasy worlds, book recommendations, insights about writing, my experiences in trying to get published, and whatever else catches my fancy. My opinions are my own, but I welcome comments and recommendations for future reading.