M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer
Black Tail, Renna's Pet Pig
Welcome to My Magical, Supernatural Worlds.
Magic and fantasy have been part of my life since I can remember. Only difference: today, I share the fantasy stories I make up with others. I hope you like the samples of my Andor and Far Isles Half-Elven tales and buy one or more.
I also blog about books, mostly various forms of fantasy, at Lessons from My Reading, and I waste time on a variety of social media.
I’m one of those early writer types. Wrote my first novel in the sixth grade. The teacher demanded a short story for an English assignment. She got am unfinished Nancy Drew pastiche -- "The Clue of the Clay Cats" -- and gave me a "C" because, at 25 handwritten pages long, I hadn't finished the story. [Most of the other kids only wrote two to four pages -- *snarl*, *snarl*. Do you think the grade still bothers me?]
By the next summer, I had finished a novel-length story. Even borrowed my mother's typewriter to type it. My one reader -- the children's librarian -- thought it was pretty good. So, I wrote more short stories for fun. Even sold some to the children's story sections in a couple newspapers. They are buried in the sands of time.
Writing fantasy stories became addictive. You are now seeing the result.
My grumpy Far Isles Half-Elven were my first fantasy effort in my current writing career. I got intrigued by the effects of genetic drift in a hybrid population of humans and elves. The conflict between magic-users vs normal humans is a cornerstone of my story lines, with Mariah being the champion of treating mere humans equally with those wielding magic. The result: my Far Isles Half-Elven break genre conventions. My reviews said so.
Recently, I've been writing short fiction in my alternative world of Andor -- where demons and magic plague human kind. I started writing about Andor to support a novel -- "There Be Demons". Once I had an indie publisher for it, but the principle got sick. They closed their doors before the edits were done. But I did get several short reads self-published related to the world of "There Be Demons". Again, I broke a lot of cliches in the writing.
The result: I've published a number of long fantasy short stories, aka short reads, about half-elves, gargoyles, demons, ghosts, demons and other paranormal creatures. You can find "previews of stories to come" on my "WIP Snippets".
Little known fact. I still have my 25c A. Merrit and Andre Norton paperbacks I bought at the local used hardware store when a teen. Yeah. The paper stinks...but still read them.
I even answer back if you make a comment.
Pretending something or other has been part of my life ... like forever. I started telling fantasy stories after an imaginary friend began playing with me on the front porch when I was about three. By the time I was in sixth grade, I was reading any story connected with magical worlds, ghosts, witches, and things paranormal, though I didn't much care for vampires. Still don't, with few exceptions. Then, a teacher introduced me to the idea that I could write down my made-up stories in stead of just acting them out.
Yeah, I've done the fantasy story thing since an early age. After playing with Jerome as a little kid, I discovered the world of comics, thanks to a family friend who gave me his after he read them. I begged, borrowed, and traded every comic book I could lay my hands on ... even Tales from the Crypt which I hid from my mother. My fantasy reading took off when I discovered the L. Frank Baum Oz books at the library. I loved his female characters being the strong, sensible people in his stories. The strange creatures and lands just added to the fun.