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 D. G. Driver, the author of The Hallway of Three Doors, appearing in our soon to be released anthology. She's stopped by to tell us about her story and how it differs from her previous works.
Read on to find out more!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing:
I primarily write young adult contemporary fantasy (or urban fantasy), but I’ve dabbled in a bunch of other genres and age groups as well. I’ve been writing professionally for over 20 years, but I’ve only been writing as D. G. Driver since 2014 when I got my first YA novel, Cry of the Sea, published. I’m currently working on a YA romance novel that has ghosts in it. Another haunted YA novel of mine, On the Water, will be coming out this summer, and I just released the first of a series of original fairy tale novellas called The Royal Deal. I keep pretty busy with my job as an infant teacher and occasionally doing a local theater production (not to mention being a mom of a very busy teenager) so I don’t write as often as I’d like. I’m hoping my daughter will be driving soon and that will free up some time.
What inspired “The Hallways of Three Doors”?
During the season of 1995-96, I was making a living acting in a touring production of The Three Musketeers (as Milady D’Winter). The cast traveled all over California, Las Vegas and Reno in a van. My best friend at the time was in the cast (playing Constance). Sweet, demure, and very Christian. There was another fellow in the cast that was always trying to make things light and funny. But the rest of the cast were the most self-centered, rude, awful people I’ve ever met. I got so sick of them that I wrote a story about a girl who is stuck on a carriage ride with the vilest of people. All of these people I toured with were the characters.
That’s all the story was originally. I was new at writing and submitted it to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s magazine. She wrote back to me, “I do not care if these people live or die.” The worse rejection letter ever. She was right, though. I realized This carriage ride wasn’t a story. It was just me venting. I realized I need to find out how Seta gets on this carriage ride and what happens afterward. A much longer, more involved fairy tale was the result. 23 years later, I pulled this old fairy tale out of my hard drive and cleaned it up for submission to this anthology.
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 previously published works are quite different from this story. My Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy is urban fantasy, taking place in Washington state where a teen environmentalist discovers mythical creatures. I wrote “The Hallway of Three Doors” many years before I wrote the Juniper books. I was inspired to write several original fairy tales after taking a class on “The Literature of Fairy Tales” my senior year in college. When I saw the theme of this book was doorways, I remembered that I had an old story with magical doors in it. After the story was accepted, I read some of my other fairy tales and decided it was high time I did something with them as well. I chose one of my stories that had been popular on Wattpad, cleaned it up, and published it on Kindle. So, if you like the style of “The Hallway of Three Doors” you will also like The Royal Deal and hopefully the other fairy tales I will publish later on.
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 write about strong heroines who do all the brave things I am too afraid to do myself. I’d like to say I’d fling the door open and begin an adventure, but I know I wouldn’t. I have no upper body strength, so I probably couldn’t get that heavy door open to begin with. I’m certain I would listen for a while to try to discern what the noise was. I’m curious like this. I’d ask questions to see if anyone needed help. Then I’d leave, get my husband and come back. He’d know how to get the door open, and he shoots well should a monster rush at us.
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