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Hello, lovelies!
 
We’re celebrating our publication IN THE AIR, a whirlwind of elemental tales that siphon the breath and fan the imagination, and we’re showcasing our authors and their stories. Get to know more about them below.
 

Kelly J. Massey
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What were you trying to achieve with this story?
Many have difficulty thinking about the power of air without imagining a tornado or wind storm ravaging the countryside. I wanted to show that the power of air is in its ability to give us life and can be gentle with its power, hence Promethia, who is gentle and yet powerful. 
 
Get to know more about Kelly J. Massey in her featured interview, and more about slyphs and dryads in her guest post, “Promethia as Lore.”


 Adrik Kemp
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What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?
In this particular story? That there isn’t already a spirit of lightning in legend. There are gods and goddesses of course, but no elemental being of electricity. Japan is probably the closest to it, with their everyday spirituality imbuing even toaster ovens with a deeper meaning.
 
Get to know more about Adrik Kemp in his featured interview, and more about elemental folklore in his guest post, “An Explanatory Note on Hyalads.”

 
Stephen Coghlan
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What were you trying to achieve with this story?
I just wanted to make a fun swashbuckler, something that catches the reader and makes them feel like they’re there, caught in a moment.
 
Get to know more about Stephen Coghlan in his featured interview, and more about the pirate behavior in his guest post, “A Little Eye-Opening.”

 
Alisha Costanzo
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Which scene was the most difficult to write and why?
The final scene. I wanted to make it ambiguous enough for the reader to come to their own conclusion about what happens to the world, even if it’s different from what I think happens. For me, most stories end like a Shakespearean tragedy: they all die.
 
Get to know more about Alisha Costanzo in her featured interview, and more about her fascination with space in her guest post, “Examining Space: a Terrifying Beauty.”

 
Daniel M. Kimmel
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What do you think makes a good story?
As a reader and as a film critic, I start out with one question, “Why are you telling me this story?” If I’m well into it and I don’t have an answer to that, it’s not working for me. That doesn’t mean I expect to have everything handed to me up front, but if there’s nothing engaging about a story or its characters, why should I bother to go on?
 
Get to know more about Daniel M. Kimmel in his featured interview, and more about the real-life inspiration of his story in his guest post, “IN THE AIR Story Inspirations.”

 
J.S. Rogers
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What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your stories?
How different a story can look if you go back and look at it again after a few weeks.
 
Get to know more about J.S. Rogers in her featured interview, and more about the Deadlands and world building from her story in her guest post, “The Cost of Air.”

 
Jean Roberta
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What is your favorite writing tool or technique?
I tell myself I’m just going to write a very short story, nothing ambitious. Then when the characters start to come to life, the plot thickens. This is how I wrote an erotic novel in 1998, when I didn’t know what I was doing, and a novella later on when I had more of a clue. Setting out to write the Great Modern Novel would probably give me writer’s block.
 
Get to know more about Jean Roberta in her featured interview, and more about the dilemma behind her story in her guest post, “Free as the Air.”

 
  
 
Check out the Release Day post that features a story teaser from every story in the anthology.

And of course, get your copy of IN THE AIR!
 
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Stay tuned as we celebrate our authors each month.
 
 

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