There And Draft Again

A Fellowship of Fantasy Writers

Forever Neverland March 8, 2014

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As a child, Neverland was my ultimate vacation destination. I remember wanting to go so bad my chest actually ached from it. I dreamed of Neverland on a regular basis, and watched the Disney movie until the tape (yeah, VHS all the way) wore out and we had to buy a new one.

And Peter…Well, my childhood crush hasn’t ever really faded, from my heart or my mind.

So, here I am, all grown up with children of my own, and still I dream of Neverland. Anything to do with it, whether a movie or clever re-telling, grabs my attention.

Finding Neverland is brilliant and heartwarming, and reminds me of the power of imagination.


My absolute favorite re-telling is THE CHILD THIEF by Brom. Dark and twisted, this beautifully gruesome book is not for the faint of heart.

the child thief

And I can’t wait to add this to my collection: HOOK’S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz.

hooks revenge

One day I’ll visit Neverland, and hopefully I’ll see one or two of you while I’m there.



Dark Fantasy: My Literary Sweet Spot September 7, 2013

We all have our sweet spots in literature, that special genre or subgenre that feeds our soul and makes us drive clear across town to our local bookstore (even though we hate getting out of the house) and spend money we don’t really have because we can’t go another day without a certain book. And I mean a physical, in your hand, book.

Mine is dark fantasy. Why? It’s all because of Stephen King.

I love elements of horror in my fantasy. I crave them, like I crave my morning coffee or the beach. I don’t feel complete without them. Stephen King woke the shadows in my imagination, and they’ve never gone back to sleep. I’ve read everything of his, and second to It, The Dark Tower series is my favorite. I’m always looking for books that will give me the same elation, terror, and excitement that series evoked.

While some of these may seem vastly different than the Tower series, here are some dark fantasy novels and series I truly love:

Neverwhere and Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Child Thief by Brom

A Modern Faerie Tale series by Holly Black

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce

Of course, these are just a handful, and I’ve read just about every book by each of these authors, but it’s a start if you’ve never read dark fantasy and want to give it a try.

This week, I’ll be reading Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. And in case you’re wondering, I will drive to the bookstore to purchase Doctor Sleep.

Happy reading!