Melissa A. Joy

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Melissa A. Joy is a new fantasy author with Asperger Syndrome who challenges the conventional expectations of fantasy and takes them to a whole new level. It is no secret that she believes in the existence of all things fantastical, and that anything is possible.

She began building the world of Aeldynn and started writing seriously aged approximately 13, and has since developed it into something truly magical worth sharing. From the glorious winged Drahknyr and wise and fearsome dragons to pirates of the high seas and a world rich with history and lore, her imagination could be said to be limitless.

When she isn’t locked in a reverie about what’s going on in the world of Aeldynn, she’s probably out sailing the high seas on a tall ship, trai
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Melissa A. Joy No matter how much effort I would put into something, I always seemed to end up overlooked, shunned, or on the receiving end of negativity. Up until a…moreNo matter how much effort I would put into something, I always seemed to end up overlooked, shunned, or on the receiving end of negativity. Up until a few years ago I had thought "am I cursed?" And then I was enlightened to the possibility I may have some form of Autism. Soon after, I received a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Everyone else knew I was different, and yet I didn't really recognise that until my diagnosis. One mystery was solved, but being an Aspie only sheds light on more questions about who and what an Aspie really is.(less)
Melissa A. Joy Strictly speaking, I'd want to be in the world I write in - Aeldynn - and not just for the most obvious reason(s).

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Strictly speaking, I'd want to be in the world I write in - Aeldynn - and not just for the most obvious reason(s).

Otherwise, I think I'd like to see more of Joanne Bertin's world (The Last Dragonlord, Dragon & Phoenix, and Bard's Oath). While I think Bertin could have done more development on that world and put more effort into the flow of her storytelling, I was captivated by it. I wouldn't say no to being a Dragonlord with a soultwin and Llysanyin (horse) companion.(less)
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Keys of the Origin (The Sci...

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Endeavours of the Unsung

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The Gateway to Aeldynn Lore

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CHARACTERS: Three-dimensional Beings

It isn’t possible to do this for every single character, but the ones who are really important are owed a tangible existence by the author.  Characters with no depth may appear to readers as one or two dimensional, and this should only apply to incidental characters who may only appear once or very occasionally.


I have read an awful lot of books in which many, if not all of the characters, ar...

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“You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?”
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