Wilding Thumbles are even more shy than their Thumbles and Thimble Thumbles cousins. Because of their mossy green hats and beards, they are hard to spot in the shadows of the forest floor.
Two years ago, I began my journey as a published author with a fairy tale. I'd written it years ago for my daughter, at her request, and it only seemed fitting to begin there.
In the last two years, I've published historical fiction and children's books and am about to publish my first non-fiction book. I've participated in author events, the LA Times Festival of Books, and more. There are no words to describe how it feels to publish for the first time, to hold your own book in your hands, to read it to others, to receive rave reviews. Every single book feels that way and, yet, as with first loves, none equal that very first book.
Ravenwood is a tale of love and trust, a story of being true to oneself and being your own fairy godmother. It is a story loved by both young and young-at-heart and has become the go-to book for readers in need of a touchstone, when they need to believe in things even when they cannot see them.
The entire experience since has been just that, a fairy tale and a dream come true. This month, I will return to Ravenwood to celebrate its anniversary. I invite you along, as we sidle up to the imposing iron fence and see what happens.
When you publish your writing, you often find yourself writing in the same genre(s) over and over again, especially if you find some measure of success with them. But, never one to be content, I gave something new a try this year.
I was invited to participate in an anthology. It would be my first such collaboration. The stories all had to contain a dragon, of some sort, and this was not something I was used to writing about. Still, I thought I would give it a shot. I love the idea of trying new things and I especially love adding to my backlist.
The first story idea petered out quickly. I have no idea if I'll ever revisit it. That left me with nothing. That is, until one night, when an idea showed up and I was off and writing. Interestingly, I found myself, at the end of that effort, with a YA dragon short story. Both YA and fantasy were new for me and, I have to say, I absolutely love this story.
Dragonmarsh opens with seventeen-year-old Remi Drake arriving at her ancestral estate. Despite her vivid imagination, the place seems to offer her little in the way of entertainment or distraction. That is the point, however, given that she has been whisked away from home by her distraught mother, who will do anything to keep Remi out of juvenile hall. An ancient family estate, a teenage girl who feels banished from the world, a mysterious book, and a very strange old man. What could go wrong?
Dragonmarsh is one of six stories in A Horde of Dragons, along with other original stories by Ellie Lieberman, Kindra Sowder, Raven Williams, Jena Baxter, and Guy Donovan. It releases July 1, 2016 and makes a milestone for me in many ways!
Sweet reads and sweet dreams!
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