DELVING INTO THE FANTASY WORLD
While mysteries are my first love, and will continue to thrill me, I’ve since branched out to other genres, both in reading and writing. It seems, though, that I slip a mystery of some sort into every book, no matter what the genre.
I guess I can trace my love for fantasies as far back as my childhood, when I devoured every fairy tale the local library had. There are two that come to mind: The Red Book and the Blue Book (those titles might not be exact).
What particularly fascinates me now are the shape shifter stories. Back in 2007, right before I attended the RWA National Convention, I saw an ad for a romance just released. The blurb on the back told of a young woman who had a 50 foot dragon for a roommate. That really caught my attention and I sent for the book. I’ve since gotten two more in the series, as well as similar fantasies by other authors.
There always have been tales of creatures such as werewolves and dragons, though until recently, the ones about dragons weren’t shape shifter stories—unless I just haven’t come across them.
Such stories fire the imagination and with fantasy there are no limits. You can do what you want, create a character you made up and bring him or her to life. I have a middle grade story (unpublished) that contains a character named Bearfoot, created by the protagonist by drawing an animal that was half bear and half mouse. Weird, huh? But the story took off (in my mind) and generated other creatures, such as a baby owl that needed flying lessons from my protagonist, and others. That book is on my shelf, begging for revisions and, hopefully, I’ll get back to it one day.
But the romances are what really thrill me and get my imagination going. And the “different” character doesn’t have to be a shape shifter. What about the immortals, those beings that don’t die but remain youthful and sexy no matter how many centuries they’ve lived? One of the first such stories I read involved Scottish lords and such, and had immortals of one kind or another, both good and bad.
There are vampire stories as well, though I tend to steer clear of them at night. Either that or I leave on every light in my apartment. Recently, I judged a contest, opted for the paranormal, and one of them was about a vampire, a hero that I instantly fell in love with. Now, if only I could read the rest of the book, I’d be ecstatic. Hopefully, one day I’ll see it in the bookstores and online. The writing was phenomenal.
My shape shifter stories are novellas and I’ve got four of them. The first one, Flight of the Hawk, is published as an ebook under the name Jaye Leyel. I’m working on the second one, Noble Dragon, and don’t know when I’ve had such fun. The third is Path of the Wolf and the fourth is about a white jaguar. There is a fifth, but it is about an immortal rather than a shape shifter. And would you believe this entire group of five novellas came about because of a BIAW challenge?
Considering the electronics, etc., that have “died” on me lately, my monitor and printer, I think maybe I’d like to travel to another dimension inhabited by “unusual” beings in order to get away from it all.
Joan K. Maze
Writing as J. K. Maze
Murder By Mistake, book 1 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available as an ebook from Red Rose Publishing, B&N, Fictionwise and Amazon
Murder By Mistake, book 1 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available in paperback from Amazon
Murder For Kicks, book 2 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available as an ebook from Red Rose Publishing, Fictionwise and Amazon
Framed In Fear, romantic suspense, available from Red Rose Publishing, Fictionwise and Amazon
Murder By Spook, book 3 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, in progress
Flight of the Hawk, a shape shifter paranormal novella written under the name Jaye Leyel.