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Song Quest features magical creatures which, I believe, are partly based on mythology. Do you particularly enjoy writing about magical or otherwordly beings? What is it about fantasy writing that you really enjoy?
Yes, the Song Quest trilogy features several half-creatures: mermaids (which I call merlee because there are male ones as well), half horse half human centaurs, and half bird half human quetzal. I love writing about mythical creatures, and you'll find several strange ones in my Seven Fabulous Wonders series too, such as the fire-breathing chimera. There are even some telepathic fairy horses in my new Pendragon Legacy books. And, of course, my muse is a unicorn...
What do I enjoy about fantasy writing? Hmm, possibly the escapism… but also the freedom. If I wrote about real world children being kidnapped and riding off into the mountains on dangerous quests without adult supervision, or wrote about sailors slaughtering real world sea creatures, there would be an outcry. But in a fantasy world, you can address difficult themes from a safe distance. A fantasy story might seem to be about magic and heroic battles and elves, but in reality it is about power and war and different races trying to work together. If I try writing a book with no magic in it, the story always feels unfinished. Fantasy creatures such as mermaids and unicorns might not exist in our world, but out there somewhere in the universe... who knows? I absolutely believe in ghosts and spirits and things we cannot see or explain. Science has not discovered everything yet.
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Tomorrow, Question 5!