Maris McKay

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Maris McKay is a dreamer, writer, and full-time nerd with a passion for speculative fiction. She lives in Ohio with a neurotic cat who loves the smell of old books.

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Maris McKay The name "Sanjay" popped into my head one evening, but I wasn't sure what kind of story he belonged in. When I tried writing about him, I ended up…moreThe name "Sanjay" popped into my head one evening, but I wasn't sure what kind of story he belonged in. When I tried writing about him, I ended up writing about his love interest (a story that's not in this book) and then his mother Daressa. Shortly after that came the idea of writing other women's stories set in the same world.

Catiann's story was inspired by watching "The Last Kingdom."
Lelithatha's story was inspired by the Celtic Thunder song "Midnight Well."
I had a dream which prompted Zeila's story, though the current version bears no resemblance to the original idea.
I don't remember what inspired Rivkah's story, though the scene with Verad and his men at her house is a nod to Tolkien's "The Hobbit."
Feiyan's story grew out of my "what if?" musings on slavery in Chliang.
Ari's story began as daydreams about Captain Hook from Once Upon A Time. Don't judge.
The first version of Metim's story was as a response to a short story prompt. The original had a gnome that took an arrow to the knee.
I don't remember what inspired Peri's story, but it's definitely one of my favorites.(less)
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How The Captain Would Kill Him – Writing Wednesday Prompt

You ever type out a writing prompt, stare at it, and wonder, “What the heck is going on there?” And of course you’re a writer so you have the power to answer that question in the next story you write, but instead of doing that you just sit there and wonder.


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Paul Auster
“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.”
Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

Kristin Cashore
“How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people - girls, women - went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Neil Gaiman
“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”
Neil Gaiman

Philip K. Dick
“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS

Robin McKinley
“The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them 'magic' or 'dragons' or 'faeries' and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I'm prejudiced.”
Robin McKinley

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