Over the next several weeks we'll be spotlighting some of the authors who will be appearing in our Mythical Doorways anthology. Our next author is Laurie Lucking, here to talk about her story, Threshold, appearing in our soon to be released anthology and how it connects to a well-known tale ... can you guess which?
Read on to find out more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing:
I’m a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom turned author. It’s a long story… I write young adult fantasy, always with a central romance and a happily-ever-after kind of ending. My debut novel, Common, is set to release on Valentine’s Day! It starts with a Cinderella premise but takes the story in a different direction, including a plot against the throne, an unusual group of nuns, and the servant girl saving the day :) I grew up in Wisconsin but now live in Minnesota with my husband and two young sons.
What inspired Threshold?
When I first saw the topic for the anthology, my oldest son was starting kindergarten so I had the theme of growing up on my mind. I immediately thought of Peter Pan, with the twist that the fantasy land could be accessed from a closet trapdoor. The major conflict of the story fell into place when my husband and I watched the episode of Doctor Who called “Amy’s Choice” (Season 5). What if the Wendy character had been visiting the alternate reality since childhood, but then had to choose one world in which to spend the rest of her life?
Does this story connect in any way to your other works, either stylistically or by being in a shared universe? If so, how? If not, why did you choose this departure from the norm?
My author tagline is “Fantasy Adventure, Fairy Tale Romance,” and I think that accurately describes all the stories I’ve written thus far, including “Threshold.” Whether short story or full-length novel, contemporary or historical, everything I write has some fantasy elements, tie-ins to a fairy tale or other classic story, and a strong thread of romance.
Because the theme of this anthology is doorways, we really need to know how you would handle this hypothetical scenario:
You approach a wooden door at the end of a long, dark passage. It is big and heavy. Warmth radiates from the wrought-iron handle. You hear a strange noise rising through it. What's on the other side and what do you do?
I grab my book out of my bag and raise it in a way that hopefully looks threatening (thank goodness it’s hardcover!). Then I open the door and find myself on a beach amid a rowdy group playing volleyball. The sun must’ve been beating on that door handle all afternoon! I sneak around the volleyball players, find a comfortable spot in the sand, and settle in with my book :)
Where can we connect with you and find out more about your writing?
See my latest updates and sign up for my newsletter on my website: www.laurielucking.com. You can also find me on:
Readers’ Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1191276077665496/
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