Great news: My zombie love story, The Return of Gunnar Kettilson, has been accepted by the print magazine, Cemetary Moon. Editor Chris does a wonderful job. The magazine is perfectbound with nice cover art, and I’m delighted to be included. This is my 1st zombie tale, and it begins:
“Celia sat straight-backed on an oak bench in her moonlit kitchen with the long-handled ax stretched across her lap. She listened for the shambling footsteps of her husband, Gunnar Kettilson, comforted in small measure by the presence of her great-aunt beside her on the bench. ‘Do you think he will come?’ Celia whispered as she rubbed the wooden ax handle with her thumb and wondered if there’d be maggots…”
I’ve finally completed the rewrite on my dragon story, Weathermaker, and sent it off to the editor of the Dragon’s Lure anthology. Will it be accepted? I have no idea, but I do know is it’s a better story now that I’ve addressed some of Editor Danielle’s concerns. Plus, I got to add some more dairy product lures (milk, string cheese & yogurt), some cool info on the stages of Chinese dragonhood, and a bit about Chinese painting.
Perhaps you can tell that I do research on the topics included in my stories. Research not only gives an author more information to help her create the world of her story, but also lends an air of authenticity to the writing. And sometimes, a scrap of myth or folklore discovered while doing research will push the narrative in a new and exciting direction.
In conclusion: Hooray for Zombie Love! Let’s hope Lung, the dragon in Weathermaker, proves lucky! And writers, why not try a little research?
For those interested, both of these tales are now available in my book, The Greener Forest.