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I’m a fan of magical, mystical things. As a child I loved story books which told of legends, mythical beasts, creatures from folklore and epic quests.
In my more erotic writing I have created several saucy versions of fairy tales (find Twisted Fairy Tales by clicking on the ornate blue book in the sidebar of this blog).
Recently I’ve been reading less about vampires and more about elves and mermaids, which has influenced my creativity. As co-host of a publication on Medium called Tantalizing Tales we encourage writers to share stories with more background and scenes with passion, so I’ve been encouraged to write a storyline like the YA novels I enjoy.
My primary motive for reading is escapism. An obvious form of escape is to imagine that parallel worlds exist that we could visit, if shown the way to access them. For another world I have licence to create characters looking, acting, travelling, even loving in ways which are plucked from my imagination. It’s very freeing, and yet it’s the most complicated plotting I’ve ever done (I’m a pantser folks! I make the plot up as I go, but I’m grateful to my beta readers to keep me on track.)
The links to It’s a Kind of Magic’s episodes follow. I have now finished the story, although I’m already having ideas for spin-off stories. One week, a fan told me what he thought might happen next, which furnished me with an idea for a twist another time watching a film showed me how my characters might handle their next challenge. Thanks to those who kept reading and gave comments and feedback – they help so much to keep me inspired.
Ep. 1 – which should’ve been a short story!
Ep. 2 – dealing with rejection
Ep. 3 – seeking information
Ep. 4 – quest for answers
Ep. 5 – the plot thickens
Ep. 6 – fortune told
Ep. 7 – following clues
Ep. 8 – the prince is in trouble
Ep. 9 – broken dreams
Ep. 10 – using magic to assist
Ep. 11 – rescue operation
Ep. 12 – Safely home
[I recommend you read their fiction]
& to Flavia Kate Peters whose book ‘Connecting with the Fairies’ I use for reference to the magical world of nature spirits and to author Holly Black whose Folk of the Air series introduced me to another world
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