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Writing fantasy is new to me, and my novella, the Rue Stone, is my first attempt at this genre.
The Rue Stone is based on the idea of a magical, portentous stone, and many years ago now with only this to go on, I rather hastily put a short story together. But I couldn’t decide on the ending, and I originally left it open ended. I thought it would be fun to let it hang, and let the reader decide what happened! Completely ignoring the element of resolution that is needed (?) in a story.
Unsurprisingly, when people read it, I got some emotive comments about my unresolved ending.
‘A story should have a nice neat ending!’
’It should have resolution; those are the rules!’
Well I don’t mind bucking trends and breaking rules, but to satisfy all tastes I re-wrote the story for my first book, Dark and Fluffy and added two endings, leaving it up to the reader to select which one they were happy with. Then I got comments about the story being too short, and readers wanted to know more about the rue stone and Janna, the female protagonist, and these comments I did agree with.
That was how the idea for a novella based on The Rue Stone came about.
It gave me the chance to explore Janna’s character in more depth and to describe the world in which she and the rue inhabited from her viewpoint. The setting could now be described in more detail, the magic could be expressed by the way the villagers gossiped about the mystical beings that reside in their world, and the whole fantasy element which grew from a love story could be explored and expanded.
Now love as a theme maybe considered a bit cheesy. But I think most of us,
even if we don’t like to admit it, find love in any form one of the most compelling and enduring themes.
The supernatural element of fantasy allows us to suspend our reality in a completely different direction, we’re given a story that allows us to be transported away from the real world in a manner that can surpass any other genre.
You may imagine yourself to be another person, in another place, experiencing new things when you read your favourite contemporary books, but only good fantasy can convey you to another level of being. Allowing your mind to really transcend all that is recognisable.
Fantasy allows you to change the people you interact with, from human to alien, or it can shift your home to an unexpected world. It can alter time and perception or pop you onto another planet after an inexplicable journey. You are in another realm where there are no limits, and physical, mental, and social bonds cease to exist. Anything is possible, there are no constraints.
So, whilst The Rue Stone maybe a gentle foray into this vast genre, I hope it’s enough to give some enjoyment. Who’s to say that that I won’t plunge further into the fantasy world in the future, with even more imagination, quirkiness, oddity and humour. All I need do now, is think of a different theme…
The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.
Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book, The Rue Stone, is a fantasy novella.
My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel, The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.
All four books are available on Amazon.
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