How did you become involved with Mythical Doorways?
I have been a part of the Fellowship of Fantasy for several years now. While I wasn’t in their second anthology, I was in the first anthology. My short, Ishka’s Garden, was in Fantastic Creatures. I’ve sort of been around since then.
What is your story about?
My offering in Mythical Doorways is entitled Door No. 4. I’ve written about a school of magic called the Academy of Future Creature Caretakers (the A.F.C.C). To train at the four-year Academy, students must have shown some ability with magic. Each of the students learns about all the regular school things like math, science, literature, but each also learns how to use their magic in the hope that they join the highly-selective elite group called the Creature Caretakers Corp (the C.C.C.). The C.C.C. jumps through door-portals from world to world, saving fantastical creatures from trouble.
We meet Rase Flannigan on his final testing day. He believes he’s going to fail his magic test. Testing day is set up a bit like the Kobayashi Maru (bonus points if you know the lingo), but Rase himself was inspired by Andrew Wiggin from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. It’s science fantasy, I’m told.
Can you tell us two or three things about any of the other stories/authors?
Of course, the ring leader–our quirky, fearless leader, H.L. Burke, has been amazing as the Fellowship of Fantasy authors have come together to release these anthologies. She has a wonderful magician adventure series called Spellsmith and Carver. Coiled by H.L. Burke is also a particularly good fairy tale retelling.
What other projects are you working on?
I’ve just published my first middle-grade novel: Imani Earns Her Cape It’s live on March 27, 2018, from Clean Reads Press.
Twelve-year-old Imani Chausiku should be celebrating the most important day of her life by eating merfruit, casting flying spells, and laughing with her mother. There’s just one massive problem.
Her mother has been kidnapped by a giant troll, and now Imani is lost in the Fae Realm with no way back home to Virginia. Completing her rite-of-passage alone is inadvisable, but if Imani doesn’t want to lose the only family she’s ever had, she may have no choice.
Trans-portal train travel, underwater cities, submarines, sea dragons, and unexpected family all combine in Imani Earns Her Cape.
I’m already plotting the next book, Imani and the Sea Dragon.
In late Spring, I will be in the TalNex Quarterly. My first installment of a 4-part, post-apocalyptic serial called Lost in the Blur.
I hear you have been writing a great number of short stories, can you tell us about that?
Ha! I suppose it’s way to keep getting words down, keep practicing the craft. I’ve been accepted into several anthologies. Besides Door No. 4 in Mythical Doorways, I’ll share some of my most recent ones.
Right now, I’m honored to be a contributing author in all of Superversive’s Planetary Anthologies so far.
I hope to be in a majority of the other planetary anthologies from Superversive Press, but I haven’t heard back yet. I’ll update when I know. 😉
I also have a novella titled Vision Walker in Chosen. Bodyguard to Queen Rilu, Moringa’s sole purpose is to keep dangerous nightmare creatures away from the kingdom’s much beloved monarch. Forced through a portal, the two wake up in an unconscious man’s dreams.
I have a libertarian-themed short called The Sword and The Stoner in Unbound:
I have a short called Apogee & Perigee, an adventure that features two brother-cats on a space ship, in Cat Tails, a fund-raising anthology, benefiting Shadow Cats, an Austin, Texas-based cat rescue.
And I’ve written something for those that don’t like fantasy or science-fiction, I’ve written The Green Umbrella. It’s a Heidi retelling.
I guess that makes me busy? It’s been a good year anyway. (:
Word has it you have a really nifty idea for a romance series, can you share any sneak peeks with our readers.
In November Homecoming, following her father’s death, our heroine, Rebecca, returns to Yearly, Texas, to open a restaurant and be nearer to her mother. When she arrives, she gets herself into a renovation mess and has to call in help from her grade-school sweetheart (turned handyman), Cash.
Love in December is the story of how Rebecca’s sister, Leah, meets her Beau.
And, if you read my Heidi re-telling, The Green Umbrella, you’ll meet the hero in my third installment of the Yearly, Texas, romance series, A January Promise.
You attended the Taliesin Nexus Calliope Workshop last fall, did you find it useful? Was there anything particular you took away from the workshop or the speakers?
I did find it useful. One, it’s a great place to meet other authors and other people working in the industry. Because the Taliesin Nexus Calliope Workshop is by invitation, the setting is intimate, and it’s a great way to connect with others who love writing and publishing.
At first, I definitely felt out of place and unequal to the adventure. I’m a barefoot, goat-milking, home-schooling mom from the middle of nowhere, Texas, and L.A. is huge (very Farmwife in the Big City-ish). However, once I got passed the overwhelming part of it, it was fantastic.
Attendees get feedback on their work (invaluable!) and one-on-one time with their mentors. Panels include industry professionals–agents, authors, and editors. It’s such a great program all-around.
Between my husband’s cowboy hat and my shutter-bugging, I think everyone knew we weren’t locals.
If the publishing fairy dropped by tonight and offered that, with a swoosh of her wand, she could change the publishing market/books being published to be a bit more the way you would like it (or, if you prefer, the publishing angel ;-), what changes would you make?
To be honest, I’m not sure.
There are so many different paths to publication now. If a writer works hard, keeps improving, doesn’t take editing like a diva, and doesn’t get bogged down in grandiose ideas of their own self-worth, there’s a TON of work to be had. It’s in a perpetual state of shake-down, but (while unsettling to many), it’s inherently good. Opportunities are everywhere, so I don’t think I wish something would change with the industry itself.
Interaction between all the sides though…
Kindness matters, and hope should be handed out in comments and emails and . Applause for the small victories–even if flawed–instead of criticism.
Editors should still get to edit, of course, but it’s a morale disorder that impacts the whole industry.
I think that’s the main thing I would change. We can be on the opposite sides of any fence but still borrow/lend eggs and milk. We can be neighbors.
It gets crazy out there. Not just in publishing, but on social media, etc.
I would change that.
Bokerah Brumley is a speculative fiction writer making stuff up on a trampoline in West Texas. She lives on ten permaculture acres with sheep, goats, turkeys, peacocks, guineas, geese, ducks, chickens, quail, dogs, cats, five home-educated children, and one husband. In her imaginary spare time, she also serves as the blue-haired President of the Cisco Writers Club.
In 2016, she was awarded first place in the FenCon Short Story Contest, third place in the Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest, fifth place in the Children’s/Young Adult category for the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and selected as a 2016 Pitch Slam! finalist. More recently, she accepted novel contracts with Clean Reads Press and Liberty Island Media. She also moonlights as an acquisitions editor for The Crossover Alliance.
About the Anthology
Eleven Tales of Magical, Mysterious, Mythical Doorways!
Step through portals and into adventure as the authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy take you on another journey into fantastic worlds. Travel through time, space, and realities to encounter monsters, mechanical foxes, and the Fates themselves. You’ll fly with dragons, save implausible beasts, and perhaps find your true home. Choose your path wisely, for dangers lurk in the lands beyond.
In the third anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy, eleven authors promise you journeys into fairy lands hidden within the modern world, futuristic universities, and lands of ancient myth. So what are you waiting for? Cross through our Doorways for the adventure of a lifetime!
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Mythical Doorways Authors
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Fellowship of Fantasy is celebrating their third short story anthology release, Mythical Doorways!
Whether they open onto new worlds or just new opportunities, doorways allow us to step through and uncover great adventures, discoveries, and risks.
Where will these Mythical Doorways take you?
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Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, March 27th
- Author Spotlight: A. J. Bakke – Kandi J Wyatt—Where Fantasy and Reality Meet
- Interview: Katy Huth Jones – Dragonpen Press
- Interview: Laurie Lucking – Fearless Words in Fantasy Worlds
- Book Spotlight – Antrim Cycle
- Author Spotlight: Bokerah Brumley – Life is a Four-Letter Word: Encouragement for the Journey
- Book Spotlight – Deeply Shallow
- Book Review – Blooming with Books
- Review & Interview: Lauren Lynch — Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith
Wednesday, March 28th
- Book Spotlight – Dolphin18cb
- Interview: Arthur Daigle – Heather Hadyen – Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Review & Author Spotlight: H.L. Burke – Reality Reflected
- Interview: D.G. Driver – So Few Books
- Interview: H.L. Burke – Keturah’s Korner
- Interview: Bokerah Bromley – Supervise SF
Thursday, March 29th