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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Slap Some Sense – Writing Wednesday Prompt

I recently wrote a scene where a human woman slapped a fae lord (he deserved it and she knew she couldn’t actually hurt him, just startle him), so I decided to turn it into a prompt.



Slapping some sense into an immortal, supernatural creature when you’re half their size probably isn’t a great idea. But sometimes they need it.





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“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.”
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