Introduction: Hall of Heroes is a Fantasy Anthology featuring 27 stories by 23 authors. It is free to download on Amazon and many other online booksellers. One of our authors has stopped by today to talk about the inspiration for her story... and here she is!
Hi, I’m Sarah Ashwood.
I’m the wife of a hardworking asphalt plant operator, and the mom of three young boys. This may surprise you, but I don’t get out on many wild and crazy adventures anymore. Unless you count flying alone, halfway across the United States, with three young boys to be a wild and crazy adventure. Yes, it’s wild. Yes, it’s definitely an adventure. No, I wouldn’t ever recommend that type of adventure. But, in all seriousness, I still crave travel and adventure, and these days I find most of it in the books I read and write.
I’m one of the authors who has a short story in this Hall of Heroes anthology. When the theme of “heroes” was announced, I thought, Great, this should be easy! It wasn’t easy. I rejected several story ideas that just didn’t click. I was coming down to the submission deadline with no clue as to what I should write. In fact, I’d about given up and shoved the project aside until one evening when I caught my toddler pulling all of the DVDs off the shelf and scattering them across the living room floor.
“Bubby, your powers of destruction are unparalleled,” I said, as I went to pick up the DVDs.
Then, it struck me. Powers of destruction…that sounded magical. Magical powers of destruction. A toddler’s magical powers of destruction. Yes, an idea was forming! But how could I place that theme in a somewhat different setting than the (arguably) overdone theme of the hero/antihero born with their powers?
I sat down at my laptop. “Once upon a time…” and the words began to flow. A fairytale setting. A parent’s fairytale. An allegory of parenthood. Names spelled backward for hidden—or maybe not so hidden—fun.
They say write what you know. If there’s one thing I know by this point, its babies and toddlers. Kids. So I took what I know and what I’ve experienced (like pulling a living beetle from one of my kid’s mouths—gross!) and turned it into the Hero of Emoh. I hope it’s a story you can identify with if you’re a parent. Even if you’re not, I hope it’s one you can enjoy. Happy reading!
A genuine Okie from Muskogee, Sarah Ashwood grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma. Sarah is the author of the Sunset Lands Beyond Trilogy, the poetry volume "A Minstrel's Musings," and the fantasy novella "Amana," along with numerous other published works. In her imagination, she soars effortlessly through historical and fantastical worlds. In real life, she lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons.
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