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Leslie Conzatti is a blogger, author, and avid enthusiast of all things book-related. Residing in the Pacific Northwest, she currently works as an elementary school paraeducator--leading small groups, supervising children outside the classroom, and providing in-class support for teachers. Since 2013, she has been running a writing/review blog called "The Upstream Writer", where she posts original serials, excerpts from current and past projects, updates on her writing, and featured reviews of independently-published titles. In 2016, she released her first fairy-tale re-telling, Princess of Undersea, a twist on the tale of "The Little Mermaid." Since then, she has had a handful of stories published in various anthologies. Books are Leslie's ...more

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Leslie Conzatti I was inspired to write “Princess of Undersea” because of the television show Once Upon A Time, coupled with my love for The Little Mermaid, in spite …moreI was inspired to write “Princess of Undersea” because of the television show Once Upon A Time, coupled with my love for The Little Mermaid, in spite of the fact that there were bits of the story I didn’t appreciate/agree with. I set out to write a version of the story that highlighted different themes than the typical story: What if the merprincess wasn’t motivated to become human merely because of “love at first sight” or just because someone told her not to? What if the spell didn’t take away her ability to speak altogether, but still made it difficult to communicate? How would the story change if there were kong’s trying to prepare for the next generation to claim the throne?
Questions like that helped me develop a story that is old and new at the same time. :)(less)
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Serial Saturday: "Clan of Outcasts" Season 3, Part 25 "Queen of Crows"



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Mal surveyed the remains of the garden with a frown. The birds had taken it all--big, black crows who seemed to only desire the grubs and insects on her family's crops... who ripped and tore indeterminately in their quest to fill their bellies. Every spring, her mother said a prayer to Juros over the seeds, every spring her father would patiently wate Read more of this blog post »
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Celia Hey Leslie! I know you like fantasy so thought you might like to add your votes to my Theory of Fantasy list. Just trying to compile a list of resources concerning fantasy. :)


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