by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Earlier this year, I published two sort-of fantasy novels. I say sort of because ... I don't know how else to label them. Kind of like you can't really call Star Trek science fiction, ya know? (Its creator, Gene Roddenberry, described it as "Wagon Train in space.")
I'm not saying that the LOTR trilogy (and The Hobbit) are not good stories, it's just that I can't appreciate them in the same way real fans of fantasy can.
50 Short Science Fiction Tales that I asked my Mom to buy me, and that I still remember (although NOT ONE OF THEM WAS WRITTEN BY A WOMAN!!!!!), but for the most part ...
So my foray into fantasy is more like Star Trek. Plunking my heroine (Amanda Shelton) down onto a world she doesn't know or understand, and telling a story that makes sense to her ... but maybe not the fantasy (readers) world in general.
Here's the blurb (which my pal Doranna Durgin, who writes wonderful fantasy novels) helped me craft: Amanda Shelton is clever, adventurous, and tough--and she'll have to be, because she's crash landed on a world where her saviors might well be her enemies. It takes fierce determination to keep the people of this frightening and unfamiliar place from stealing her shuttle technology, or imprisoning her while they do it. Yet what she knows could save countless innocent lives--including those who keep this world safe. Facing this test of spirit will take everything Amanda has...if she survives at all.
I guess the bottom line is: if you enjoy the characters I've written in my Booktown, Victoria Square, and Jeff Renick Mysteries, you might just enjoy Amanda's journey, too. I hope you'll give Amanda's stories a try.