This is my inaugural post here at EFR and I’m really excited to be a part of this venture.
I write fantasy romance as well as contemporary and paranormal. But I lean toward fantasy. Mostly because I love creating those other worlds. And I love reading it!
I started reading fantasy when I was a young adult. Back then, there really wasn’t a genre for “fantasy romance,” it was simply fantasy. Some had romantic elements. The first fantasy book I read was Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. I loved that story about the magical menagerie. I also read a lot of Robert Asprin’s MYTH Inc. books. Anyone remember those? They were so great. I wish I had the entire set in paperback.
My first attempt at writing a novel was when I was in high school. It was horrible. Something about a girl stepping through a magical mirror into another dimension where there was a great war going on. My second attempt was the story of a young girl with a magical amulet. It was one level above horrible. 😉
Eventually I got it right. Now I’m working on a fantasy romance series with Ellora’s Cave. The series it titled Realm of Honor and it follows the lives of Fae and Elves with a few humans in the mix. I accidentally started writing this series. The first book was a time travel/medieval with paranormal elements. The secondary Fae characters had a story to tell all their own and I knew I had to write their story.
Somewhere along the way I added elves and dragons. I’m not even sure how that happened. I think what draws me to this genre is the promise of a new world with people and creatures and things I’ve never experienced or seen. That’s what I liked about the MYTH Inc. books. There were so many colorful characters with great stories. And there are so many more books I have yet to read and experience.
Tell me – what is on your reader go-to list for fantasy? Who is your favorite author?