A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.
Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.
There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.
Last night, my wonderful husband took me out to see Hansel and Gretel at the IMAX in 3D. And I must say, the movie was great fun. I loved the concept of the story: after defeating a dark witch who wanted to cook and eat Hansel, the two siblings grow up to become witch hunters. Sure, the story line was simple and predictable, but the special effects, humor, and creative weapons kept my attention from start to finish.
The way the dark witches were portrayed was really creepy. They were super ugly and almost animalistic, at times running on all fours as they ran from the witch hunters. The weapons Hansel and Gretel used gave the movie a nice steam punk vibe that I enjoyed. The fight scenes were bloody and gross, so keep your hands free to cover your eyes. It wasn’t Spartacus-gross, but graphic. And, of course, Hansel was HOT!!! But so was his sister. My goal is to one day look as good in leather pants as Gretel. I must say I really loved her—a beautiful badass that can take a punch. My kind of gal.
But I think my favorite part was the love story element. It wasn’t a huge part of the story, but it was sweet and realistic and tugged at my heart strings. I would definitely recommend this movie if your looking for a good time.
This afternoon, my teenager and I are going to see Warm Bodies with my good friend Karen. I’ll post soon letting you know what I thought of that. But, really, a zombie love story? How could you go wrong?