What do I write? Like all writers it’s a simple question on the surface and a more complex question when you dig deeper. Explaining is easiest if I use the four short stories posted on the website as examples since they’re available for everyone to read. The ones posted are no accident. Together they represent a part of my writing spectrum.
Think of them as a résumé. Well, at least part of one.
Like anyone who writes fiction, I write stories. That’s pretty basic. Beyond that, the vast majority of the time, I write fantasy fiction. There are exceptions in my short stories and that’s represented on the website by Stepping Stones, a flash fiction story that touches on a particular social issue: child abuse.
Fantasy fiction is a pretty broad term these days with its innumerable sub-genres. In the beginning, long ago, I wrote High Fantasy, but it wasn’t the right fit. Even so, my homage to those days was the historical short story, Gryphon Grey, that’s also important backstory for my world, Ontyre. It describes, via a tale about a girl and her big brother, the end of the elves.
Yes, there’s a gryphon in it (it’s sooo cool). More important, the story is about the girl’s need to grow at an exponential rate while climbing a literal mountain.
After High Fantasy, Steampunk grabbed my attention and my heart, but I had to modify it since steam anything isn’t compatible with how magic works on Ontyre. I tried to engineer around it, but when an explanation becomes too convoluted it’s time to go a different direction.
My initial attraction wasn’t, as it turns out, as much about steam as it was about a more modern world where telling tales involving personal trials was easier. Although there’s technology in my stories, my focus is elsewhere. My writing is plot-driven and character focused, which is typical of romances, though I set it against an epic fantasy backdrop. Add fantasy to Gone With the Wind or Casablanca and you’d be close.
Ah, romance. The Bridge in Distant Farthing, a flash fiction story, represents a glimpse of what I mean. It also first brought witchcraft into my short stories, which figures prominently in some of the novels.
A goal of mine from the beginning was, if I wanted, to tell tales of regular people in a world that just happened to be magical. After all, it’s the world they live in so much of what magic has to offer isn’t surprising (though, just like in our world, surprises are dished up every day). Too, I wanted to write tales of people struggling to find love under extreme circumstances. I love the contrast of making a connection while the world is coming apart.
The last short story brings many of the elements above together along with a touch of humor. Taking Flight hints at romance, but the focus is on a transgendered character (there are different terms in her world). Located in Pannulus, it’s a modern day Ontyre fantasy so there’s technology (primarily an airship). Because it takes place on an airship there’s ample opportunity for character and society study.
That’s all four of them. If you were reading a novel you’d come across four chapters much like these, which is why a sample of what I write is right here.