This week I'm excited to have M.L. LeGette, YA / fantasy author share on 'Why Fantasy' as part of her blog tour. Be sure to scroll down for the giveaway.
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When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn’t know she’d find a family unlike any other.
Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death … a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers.
Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything…
M.L. LeGette on Why Fantasy
Why do you love chocolate?
If your brain is starting to hurt at trying to answer that question, then you know how I feel when trying to explain why I love fantasy.
I have loved fantasy since the very beginning. Some children gravitate toward ninjas or pirates, zombies or ghosts. I wanted castles. I wanted sparkling gowns and crowns. I wanted horses and magic -- dragons and unicorns. I wanted to live in a world of moss covered oaks and misty moors. I wanted all this so much that I often escaped to these lands in my imagination. In bookstores, I hunted down covers that spoke to me of their mysteriously cloaked characters. My childhood upbringing was full of movies such as The Last Unicorn, Flight of Dragons, Princess Bride and The Labyrinth all of which I watched over and over and over again.
I was born to love fantasy.
Writing fantasy is empowering. I assume science fiction writers feel much the same. We are able to create our own worlds, sometimes entirely from scratch. We can give our cities and kingdoms the most bizarre, ethereal names. We can put them on the bottom of the ocean -- put them in the clouds! Our characters can be utterly ordinary or utterly extraordinary. There is no limit to monsters or magical creatures. Our imaginations can happily, merrily, run wild! It is incredibly freeing and downright exhilarating. I can't imagine writing a novel that has nothing to do with fantasy. I wouldn't have a clue where to begin.
I'm not exactly sure whether this post has been educational or enlightening. I feel that's it's more of a fan girl's overflow. If you love fantasy, then I am preaching to the choir. If you hate fantasy, I feel sorry for you. If you are on the fence, I hope I've shown enough of my own joy for the genre to energize you pick up some magic for yourself.
Author Melissa LeGetteMelissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.
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