Today’s player is Aisling Mancy–with a free story!
- One of your characters comes to you for advice. Who is it, what does he ask, and what do you tell him? I have two characters pelting me with questions at the moment. Candelario (the wraith) from Aeromancer (WIP with betas), asks: Is it possible for a wraith to love an angel? My answer is: Fear not! We may not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Sam (the grotesque) from Grotesque (current WIP), asks: Why are humans so emotional? My answer is: Humans react to the world around them, and grotesques are mighty argumentative.
- What is your superpower? Imagination. After all, this world is but a canvas to our imaginations. (Henry David Thoreau)
- What food would you only consider eating if you were stranded on a desert isle with nothing else to consume? Oysters.
- If your home lost electricity for one week, what would you do to survive? Ask my neighbor if I could borrow an electrical outlet to extend a 125 foot extension cord to my refrigerator. Can’t be without cold Diet Coke. Js
- What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought? Porcelain parrots. Seriously. I did this.
- If you were to become a street performer, what would you do to entertain people and earn some money? I would like have liked to have been Marcel Marceau, so a mime.
- What did you have for lunch yesterday? Tacos!
- You’ve been invited to a party being held by your boss. Which of your characters will you take with you as your guest? I would bring Christy from the Elpída Series. I know he’d have much to say to Elizabeth.
Book blurb for Grotesque:
Sam is a recluse and makes no secret of his disdain for the company of others. But for his sarcastic butler, Sinclair, Sam sees no one. Cursed by his past, and sworn to protect an ancient codex, his days are spent restoring archaic texts, and his nights are spent cast in stone—literally—for Sam is the grotesque that guards the library that hides the grimoire from primordial creatures who would use its secrets to wreak evil in the human realm.
Zori came to Spain with dreams of attending university and becoming a master philologist. With his scholarship exhausted, and his parents no longer willing to support him, Zori is homeless and now roams the streets of Salamanca in the dead of winter in search of food and warmth. When a stranger saves him from near death, his world changes in ways he never imagined.
When ancient and modern worlds collide, will Sam allow his love for Zori to soften his heart of stone? Will Zori see the beauty within the grotesque?
Book buy links: Read the short story for free here.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, award-winning author, Ash Mancy, doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Ash writes mystery thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, and romance. A Solitary Man is a 2016 Rainbow Award Winner and Sleight of Heart is a 2016 Rainbow Award Finalist. You can also find Ash’s award-winning Young Adult novels under C. Kennedy. Writing as C. Kennedy, Ómorphi was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards for Best LGBT Young Adult Fiction and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards for Best LGBT Young Adult Fiction.
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