In 2011, I self-published my first book, Cel & Anna, about a computer that spontaneously develops consciousness and falls in love with its owner. That book was followed by tales of good and evil e-beasts roaming the internet (Warning: Something Else Is Happening), a mother and daughter bound by a shared gift of psychic power (Blood Psychics), and a young girl who seeks adventure in the world outside her gated utopian community (New Sun Rising: Ten Stories).
For a long time, I kept thinking up complicated explanations for what I write. These confused everyone, and eventually I wised up. Here’s what I do: I write fairy tales for the internet age. I’ve done it from the beginning.
Cel the computer is an elf. The good and evil e-beasts are faerie tribes. The young girl’s utopian home, where ghosts are commonplace and spirituality saturates the very air, is a type of fairyland. I grew up loving fairy tales and wrote my thesis on Emily Dickinson’s use of fantasy in her poetry. It is logical I ended up where I have.
Fiction writing is my part-time job. (My full-time job is as an editor working with medical/scientific researchers for whom English is a second language.) Although I am a natural seat-of-the-pants writer (ie, a pantser), I am learning to be a plotter. This is a very good thing.
Works in Paradisi Chronicles
in Chronicle Worlds: Paradisi
“Happiness” is a woeful tale, but it didn’t start out that way. My plan was to tell the story of Bethan, a young Ddaeran woman deeply connected to the ddaerllef, or earthvoice. She walks about in a state of grace even as things go from bad to worse on the Ddaeran reservation where she lives. That was the plan, but it didn’t work. The wheels of the plot refused to turn. So I gave Bethan troubles of her own, and everything turned operatic and tragic. However, at the very beginning, you will see the story’s sunny foundation, which is also reflected in its title.