The theme of the upcoming issue of the Maryland-based literary magazine, Little Patuxent Review, is “Make Believe.” I’m delighted to say I’ll have an essay titled, “Fairy Stories, Magic, and Monsters,” in that issue.
Though I need to address Editor Laura’s suggestions, the essay will remain much as I first wrote it. In examining our enduring fascination with fantasy, I was able to use examples from stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, J.K. Rowling, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Neil Gaiman, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Nancy Werlin, March Cost, and Charles Dickens. But I could have written a much longer, more involved essay which included the work of dozens of other authors who’ve given readers magical worlds to inhabit as they turned the pages of a book.
In my new book, The Greener Forest, I tried to bring a bit of that magic to my readers. Have I succeeded? Only time will tell. But I did receive my first email from someone who bought a copy of The Greener Forest, reprinted here with permission:
“Hello! I bought a copy of your book at the Mythic Faire in Maryland. I finished it in one sitting–I couldn’t put it down. Thanks for an enjoyable read; your stories were sincere & full of wonder and joy. Keep up the great work! — K. Masters”
And thank you, K. Masters, for your note. Writing is a solitary passion and it’s nice to know that someone besides your editor enjoys the fantasy worlds you’ve created. Want your copy of The Greener Forest? Visit: http://coldmoonpress.com/quickbuy.html And remember, the world is full of mystery & magic. We just need to look, listen, and believe that wondrous things are still possible.