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 wri…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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I’m so excited to share the cover for my next short story collection, Women of Kern: Book Two,  which I’ll be releasing this summer. These eight new short stories and novellas set in the lush fantasy world of Kern follow the adventures of …



A magician whose way of life is disappearing.
A hostage with a dangerous secret.
A warrior who doesn’t want to be queen.
A healer with a talent for politics.
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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

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

“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.”
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