Fantasy Lovers: The Ghostcrow


Today’s interview guest is Kay Theodoratus, a prolific Fantasy writer who published almost a dozen short stories.   She welcomes readers to her magical, paranormal world and describes it: “Fantasy, a wonderful way to run away from mundane annoyances.”

Kay, thanks a lot for taking the time for your readers, Fantasy lovers and fans.  
How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?
The Ghostcrow is a supernatural fantasy where Dumdie Swartz learns there are worse things in life than seeing ghosts; a demon might decide it wants to possess you.

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
Things aren’t always as bad as you think they are; they could be worse.

What inspired you to start writing?
I have always told stories, ever since an imaginary friend started coming to play with me when I was about three.  Writing stories didn’t occur to me until the sixth grade when a teacher assigned the class a short story.  Everyone did their three-five pages. I wrote 25 pages of an incomplete story Nancy Drew pastiche, and got a “C”, but finished a full-length middle-grade novel the next summer.  I’ve been writing something, more or less, ever since.  Selling what I wrote is another story, but I’ve done that fairly often when I tried.

One of the reasons I like writing Fantasy is that I can design the rules which my characters play with.  It’s a way to leave the mundane world behind and ask “what if?” and then, follow the consequences wherever they take me.  The big difference now is that I am more willing to share my pretend worlds.

Is there a book review that you especially remember?
One review of Showdown at Crossings, also set in my world of Andor, sticks in my mind, though: “This is a fantasy fiction story that was so innovative.  There’s magic, a world that is different from what we know, and plenty of suspense.  The main character isn’t your usual strapping young man; in fact, he’s older and yet we love the hero he strives to become to protect his town.
If you love Fantasy then this is the tale for you.  It is so different from what I have read before and that’s a good thing.  Too many fantasy stories seem to start out the same way or strive to be like the others and this did not – it’s innovative and excellent.”

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you have learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing a writer can do is to get an ending on their stories, whether short or novel length.  Once they are written you can always revise and polish.  While I’ve always written something or other over the years, most of my fiction languished for lack of an ending.  Now almost all my new writing gets endings.  It’s finding the time to do the revisions and polishing that causes me problems now.

What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Finishing what you start.

What is ONE thing that you have done that brought you more readers?
I started self-publishing Fantasy.  I find it must be more interesting than the magazine articles I used to write where thousands potentially read what I said.




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