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.
Alexis Lantgen is a musician and writer who holds a master’s degree in music performance from Florida International University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in viola performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Letters (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Oklahoma. She performs on violin and viola in orchestras including the Wichita Falls Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony. Currently, Alexis teaches private violin and viola lessons, and in the past she’s taught eighth grade English and ESL in Dallas public schools. Her first novel is a YA Urban Fantasy about a young African American boy with special powers who must save his sister from an evil voodoo sorcerer. She hopes to finish revising her first draft by January 2014. In addition to her novel and short stories, Alexis writes poetry and a blog, thewiseserpent.blogspot.com.
Please introduce yourself.
- When did you start writing?
I started writing fiction around the same time I started teaching 8th grade language arts. They seemed uninterested in many of the books and stories in their textbooks, and I’d been reading about how Readers’ Theater plays can be an exciting and fun way to inspire kids to read. I found a few Readers’ Theater plays online, but most of them were too young for 8th graders. Instead, I started writing my own. The kids got really into reading them (though they also gave me some tough feedback:), so I started thinking about writing a novel. I’ve been writing ever since.
- What motivates you to write?
I’m a classical musician, so I’m used to approaching creative projects with discipline and focus. I try to write regularly, from blog posts to novels to non-fiction articles for magazines. I loved the chance to think deeply about topics that interest me, or characters I’m excited about. I love creative expression of all types.
- What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
In fiction, I mostly write scifi/fantasy. It’s my favorite genre to read, so it seemed natural that I’d start there. In non-fiction, I write about topics that interest me, including classical music, music teaching, great books, and Renaissance Fairs.
- What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I don’t have specific goals, other than to keep writing and see where it takes me. I’m happy to experiment with different methods of publishing, from self-publishing to traditional, to magazine articles.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Yes, and it is frustrating. I think writer’s block comes from not experiencing or engaging enough with the world at large, as well as intellectual exhaustion. I deal with it by getting more sleep and getting out of the house. I love the outdoors, and a walk in the park can really refresh me.
- What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Read widely, write regularly, and try to embrace and experience life.
- Please, tell us about your work.
Right now I have a short story in The Magical Muse. I wrote it shortly after I had my daughter. I had an unplanned C-section, and the experience was very frightening at the time. But when I held my baby, I was so happy that she was healthy and beautiful. I think all new parents get a little crazy. Lack of sleep and morphine do weird things to your mind, and my story grew out of that experience. I’ve also had an article accepted into Renaissance Magazine, which will appear in their issue #104. My novel hasn’t been published yet–I’m trying to give traditional publishing a try, but I’ll self-publish if it doesn’t work out.
My blog is thewiseserpent.blogspot.com, and you can find me on twitter @TheWiseSerpent.
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