Stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.
Alexis Lantgen brings a twist to the story of a fairy changeling, showing a dark evil intent behind this mythological practice.
Andrea R. Cooper turns a dark fantasy tale into a lyrical piece that tests your understanding of your own mind.
George L. Duncan features a creature many never saw coming as the source of justice in a corrupt world.
Dark fantasy takes a humorous twist with Oz Durose, who introduces us to a new type of zombie that makes you regret deleting the files off your very own computer…readers beware!
Mythological hounds are a foreshadowing of doom for one man seeking refuge from their deadly chase. Allison D. Reid brings a tale of adventure as seen through the eyes of the hounds and their mysterious master, born from the darkness of hell.
Demons lurking throughout this tale bring a monster into the world. A demi-god finds out her fate as KJ Hawkins spins a tale of triumph and fear.
Matthew Frassetti presses the will of a man trying to save his lover from the hands of a demon. The bonds of friendship between man and beast are tested as this tale of adventure takes a twist.
Brendan Carroll brings a brilliantly fun, entertaining story to life, showing how in the midst of everyday beauty, time simply passes when you least expect it.
Khushi Agarwal tests the power of Christmas cheer with elves on strike. Will Christmas come on time, or will it be ruined for all?
The holidays are here as D.B. Mauldin brings a hard working elf into the spotlight for a special Christmas festival.
KJ Hawkins is a young fantasy author making her way into print. She has had a strong love for fantasy since she was nine years old.
As an adult the magic stayed with her inspiring her to write stories of adventure and magic. Hawkins, at her best, brings personality to every word she writes, exciting her readers with every page.
KJ Hawkins is actually a pen name taken from the initials of her real first and last name. Hawkins came from her favorite childhood film, Treasure Planet, the lead character is James Hawkins!
Please introduce yourself.
- When did you start writing?
I have loved reading ever since I was young. I remember the first time I was given a story to write in third grade. It was suppose to be a Halloween story consisting of a few simple pages for Halloween to post up in the halls. Mine turned into a mile long paper that had the teacher shocked. She even loved how it was far more advanced than I should be writing at that age.
Recently though I have been working on putting my thoughts into actual words on the computer. Since high school and college is almost over I am hoping to throw myself fully into my books in process.
- What motivates you to write?
Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to give you a straight answer. I have so many reasons why I write that it is hard to put them in words. I grew up inspired by books like J.K. Rowling, Kristen Britain and Elizabeth Kerner. These authors were how I learned to turn on my imagination and later turned me into a slave to my laptop. I officially spend most my day on the computer either doing graphic design or writing.
- What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
The genre I mostly write in is Fantasy. I have a separate pen name where I write more romance and paranormal works. However, under KJ Hawkins I strictly stick to my fantasy novels that have been trying to break loose in my head since I was a freshman in high school.
- What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I would love to be able to write full-time. However, my main goal and dream is to get all the novels I have mapped out into print. In the end I don’t care that much about the money. I care more about giving my characters their voice and letting others enjoy them as much as I do.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
When don’t I suffer from writer’s block? LOL. The key I noticed to it is if I get stuck I need to walk away for a few days. Then when I go back I usually can look at it with a clear head and get back to work. If that doesn’t work music is always my lifesaver.
- What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Hmmmm…I’m pretty new myself. I guess the best advice I would have to share is to be yourself. Trying to be someone else is hard and tends to cause writer’s block. For the longest time I faced this dilemma when I was in high school. I started physically writing my senior year. I was trying to be like authors I read growing up instead of creating my own style. This ended up delaying me so many years where I could have been writing. I finally woke up though and finally got published. So even if life gets in the way and you hit road blocks you can get where you want to go in the end.
- Please, tell us about your work.
Like I stated earlier I don’t have a lot of published works yet. I do have several works in process. One of my top favorites actually is “The Seeker’s Core”. My short story “Trisha’s Escape” in “The Magical Muse: A Collection of Fantasy Stories” features one of my main character in the Half-Blood Academy series I have planned.
The idea was to create a nine short story analogy featuring all nine of the planet warriors. These short stories will be the starting point for the novels. I am not sure if nine novels will come out of the short stories…but it will defiantly be an interesting process and journey to see what is created.
Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!