Friday, October 11, 2013

It's not all a fantasy for me ...

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've been telling people that the Tales of Telenia series books are adventure-fantasy, because I've had to face the fact that I'm not a real fan of fantasy.  For years--many, many times--I've tried to get into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Could not do it. As a last ditch effort, I even tried watching the first movie with Mr. L.  After about an hour we both looked at each other and said, "I'd rather go to bed and dream something extraordinary than watch any more than this."  : (

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.

When I first watched Star Trek (way back before I wasn't even a twinkle in my Dad's eye), I tried to read traditional Science Fiction and I found that ... hello, I didn't know what the heck they were talking about.  There were a few gems in the anthology 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 ...

Zzzzzzzzzz ...

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.

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