The Greener Forest
Believing stories help us to learn from the past, embrace the complexities of the present, and prepare for future, I write lots of stories. Believing myths, legends, folklore, and fairy tales are important in understanding people and their fears, familiar networks, societal structure, and core values. I use them as inspiration. This is the beginning place for all my fiction and most of my poems.
The Greener Forest is a collection of short stories and poems. The title refers to that magical place where Faerie and the everyday world collide. There is dark and light, evil and good, and uncertain dusky gray lurking in the stories and poems that inhabit the book's pages. Readers will discover all is not what it seems at first glance, and wondrous things still happen in The Greener Forest. While written for adults, the collection is Young Adult friendly. The Greener Forest won the eFestival of Books Short Story Collection Award.
I've always been fascinated by the creatures of Faerie, from lovely winged sprites to goblins, Brown Men, gremlers, spriggans, giants, and other lesser-known residents. These stories and the linking poems were written over a period of years, but when it came time to put together a collection of my short fiction, I noticed a reoccurring theme of trees and magic in my writing. Plus, I found my magical beings longed to interact with the workaday world we humans live in--including the Baltimore Zoo and its visitors!
The Greener Forest has been called:
"A wonderful, imaginative, multifaceted collection" by author EJ Stevens
"Magikal, enchanting, and so enticing" by young adult novelist, TJ Perkins
Speculative author Robert E. Waters wrote: "Read this collection. You won't be disappointed."
Award-winning Maryland author, Laura Shovan, says of The Greener Forest: "For Grimm lovers, a darkly imaginative book of modern fairy tales." Many additional positive reviews can be found on Amazon and elsewhere.
The challenge for me as a writer was to bring a newness to old tales and create new fairy stories set in our modern world. Since I believe the world around us still is filled with mystery, magic, and miracles--it was up to me to share that wonder with readers.
Many of the stories and poems in The Greener Forest have been published in magazines and books. I've included the covers of some of these publications, so readers can see the wide array of places to find my short fiction.