by Ashlee Nicole Bye
And none of them did. At least, no single one did.
What I took from my research was that I wanted to use bits and pieces from various mythologies to make up my world. But that’s not allowed—right? It took me a really long time to figure it all out—during which I took a step back and worked on other things for a while—but eventually I decided ‘hey, this is fiction, I can do whatever I want as long as I can explain it!’
So that’s what I did! And that’s what, for me, has probably been the biggest joy of writing urban fantasy—being able to pull all these bits and pieces from all these interesting mythologies and put my own spin on it. It took me a while to figure out how I was going to explain it all so it wouldn’t be confusing, but that was another challenge I really enjoyed and when I finally ‘got it’ it was such a fulfilling feeling.
As far as pitfalls go—well, apart from getting past my own preconceived notions, I think a minor hurdle is dealing with reader expectations. When you’re handling a particular fantasy creature/element and you go against the ‘norm’ for the interpretation of that element you’re either going to be met with approval by readers who like to see things done a little differently from time to time, or disappointment from readers who don’t like to step out of their comfort zone. I’m hoping the Shadowlands series falls somewhere in the middle—I’ve definitely mixed things up a bit to keep readers on their toes, but there are also some tried and true elements in there.
Her first novel is OUT OF THE SHADOWS, a mature young adult contemporary fantasy set in her beloved home town of Melbourne. It is the first installment in the five-book series, SHADOWLANDS, and will be released on Kindle on April 11, with paperback to follow shortly after.
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Ashlee's Debut YA Fantasy: Out of the Shadows
Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.
Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the Reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, Faeries, soul-sucking Demons, not-so-grim Reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.
Available Here: Amazon