Nicholas Lyons, chief physician to the Lyons clan of shape-shifters, has mourned the death of his promised lifemate until a rogue shapeshifter reports having seen her at an exotic animal sale. Accompanied by Marie Lyons who is no stranger to the dark side, her new lifemate Anthony, and the imperious Lady Bat, he embarks on a frantic search for Eve through the dangerous world of exotic animal trafficking.
Eve, whose first memories are of recovering from an injury at an isolated animal refuge, has lived through a succession of owners in a world filled with cages and cruelty. When Eve meets Marie at the exotic animal sale, she begins to have flashes of a different life – a life in which she was something other than feline. Her last sale, however, has landed her as prey to exotic animal hunters and the clock is ticking.
What do you think about the evolutions/trends of fantasy literature today?
I primarily write paranormal stories – shapeshifters (like my Lyons’ Tale trilogy) and vampires vs Light Warriors (The Aegis) both published by Champagne Books. I’m a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey. I love the Dragons of Pern series. She does a fantastic job of creating a world and weaving stories within it. It’s so upbeat, optimistic and filled with romance and adventure.
What do fantasy stories bring into our life?
Fantasy takes the reader out of the mundane world and stimulates the imagination. Historically, fantasy brought color and life into what could be very dull lives. The tales of King Arthur actually defined how people should behave and introduced the idea of courtly love.
While fantasy is a form of escapism, from a positive perspective readers can follow the heroes through a series of adventures assured that there will be a happily ever after and that right will prevail over might. That’s a really good feeling in today’s uncertain world.
What must a fantasy story have?
In my opinion, fantasy must be both believable and entertaining. The author creating a worldview of his/her own must determine the society’s explanation of the world, define their ideas about the future and the culture’s goals, develop a cohesive system of ethics and values, create a basis for knowledge – what the world knows, and detail the society’s history and origins. Finally, you must have memorable characters and a story that will entertain – but you need that for almost any story.
What should a fantasy story avoid?
Too much information? Writers become very involved when they’re creating their world. While trying to write a great story that is filled with memorable characters, the writer can’t allow the world to overwhelm the story. Some stories actually develop other languages which I think are a bit much – way too complicated for me.
What would you say to those who refuse to read fantasy?
It’s their loss? Try it you’ll like it? Maybe start with movies or TV series, then move onto books. I love the Highlander movies and series, the Firefly series, and Star Trek and think they would be great starts. To be honest, though, some people just aren’t into fantasy, and are more comfortable with the mundane – their decision.
Thank you for inviting me to visit, Mythical Books. Your questions were very insightful and made me think about my writing.
About the author:
Rita’s journey began on the Gulf Coast. Over the years, she lived and/or traveled in the eastern US and Western Europe. While juggling family and work, she participated in archaeological digs, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, prospected for gold and crystals, camped across Europe, and volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster and Education Services. Rita has worked as a registered nurse, educator and school system administrator. She lives with her family on the Gulf Coast, except when she’s in Atlanta, at least for now.
Rita is published in multiple genres with several publishers including paranormal and erotic novellas (Champagne Book Group – Champagne Books and Carnal Passions), historical novels (Siren BookStrand), and contemporary F/M and M/M novellas (Secret Cravings). She posts random bits of historical trivia about western history and culture on Rita Bay’s Blog at ritabay.com.
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