IF ANYONE EVER TELLS YOU TO “drop your story”, it’s because they’re afraid to hear it.
MOST GOOD STORIES REVEAL ‘monsters’ we’d rather keep hidden in the shadows. Monsters make us uncomfortable.
SHARING STORIES IS like peering into the shadows. It’s a brave thing to do.
STORIES ARE HOW HUMANS GROW. However, some stories stimulate growth in us more than others:
- Some stories ignore the monsters in naive bliss.
- Some stories look at the monsters and shudder impotently.
- Some stories glorify the monsters.
- To me, the best stories look squarely at the monsters and say “No, we can do better.” That’s hopepunk. That’s my genre.
I’M WORKING ON a hopepunk/mannerpunk fantasy adventure trilogy.
Here are my working premises:
BOOK ONE – FATHER OF ICE AND STONE:
A secret buried in ice. The shattering of long-held beliefs. Sorrow melting to hope. When Greyn, a reindeer herder, isolated and enslaved in a frozen realm, uncovers a betrayal of his family, and the abuse of their unique powers of prediction, he ventures into the lair of his oppressor to find what he thought was lost forever. Facing icequakes, crevasses, volcanoes, dragons, and merciless guards, he confronts brutal truths and bewildering oddities that fracture his illusions about family, enemies, and the very nature of his world.
“Father of Ice and Stone” is Book One of the fantasy adventure series, “Magistry of Dreams”, by Elizabeth Edgett.
If you cringed in “Lord of the Rings” when Frodo and Sam entered the evil land of Mordor, or if you shivered along with Jon Snow on the northern Wall in “A Song of Ice and Fire”, or if the love and sacrifice between Katniss and Peeta in “The Hunger Games” trilogy moved you to tears, you’ll be thrilled to join Greyn on his dangerous mission to gain family loyalty and freedom.
BOOK TWO – THE MAGISTRY OF DREAMS:
BOOK THREE – DAUGHTERS OF ICE AND SAND:
(Supporters of an Unconditional Basic Income may be interested in one of the societies portrayed in my novels which is based on similar egalitarian values.)