Hello everybody. I'm happy to report that I have recently published my first story on one of my favorite websites and podcasts, The Moonlit Road. The story is called Irwin Tarheel and the Fair Folk and you can read it now. I think you're really gonna like this one...okay, maybe I'm kind of biased since I wrote it, but you should still check it out, along with all the other great stories from The Moonlit Road.
Now that I'm starting to get seriously published I think I'll follow in the tradition of Aliette de Bodard and Ken Liu and start posting story notes. These will be short little blog post that hopefully will give you some insights into my thoughts and creative process for when I came up with my stories. So lets get on with it then.
For Irwin Tarheel and the Fair Folk it's basically a retelling of the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro set, mostly, in 19th century Shreveport. I noticed how similar Urashima's story was to that of stories involving the Fair Folk, those from the land of Faerie, and it seems like a pretty natural fit. That and I'd also wanted to write story about faeries that were more like they are in old myths and legends. I guess I really killed two birds with one stone here. As for why I set the story in Shreveport, hey, it seems as good a place as any. Plus, The Moonlit Road specializes in stories from the American South, and Shreveport, Louisiana is a thoroughly Southern city.
So there you have it. I'm very excited to get published by The Moonlit Road, and I feel this is just the start of many more great stories to come. I'll keep you guys posted on any future developments, and I will see you all next time.