Lee creates fantasy with co-author husband
The Maryland Writers’ Association this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Writers’ Round Table Program to encourage writers, poets, playwrights and authors through monthly articles and activities.
The Notable Maryland Author articles and associated Fun With Words writers’ prompts are the centerpiece of the 30th anniversary program. Each month, The Calvert Recorder and other newspapers in the state will feature a Maryland Writers’ Association article about an author. Marylanders are encouraged to read the articles and try their hand at the writing prompts each month.
Author Sharon Lee
“The moment you say ‘I know everything’ is the end of your growth.” — Sharon Lee
Genre: Fantasy — Fantasy is speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events or people referencing the real world. Fantasy is distinguished from science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes. Currently, fantasy seems to focus on medieval formats. Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Magical creatures are common in many of these worlds. Many fantasy authors use real-world folklore and mythology as inspiration.
A partial reading list includes the Jen Pierce mysteries, Liaden universe novels including the “Agent of Change” and “The Great Migration,” “Alliance of Equals,” “The Gathering Edge” and “Neogenesis.”
Sharon Lee was born in Baltimore on Sept. 11, 1952, graduated from Parkville Senior High School in 1970,
and worked her way through the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a science fiction, fantasy and mystery author. She married in 1980 and move with her husband, Steve Miller, to Winslow, Maine in 1988. One year later she co-authored the Liaden universe novels and stories, with Steve, and has not stopped writing. Her interest in science fiction and fantasy resulted in her serving as the executive director of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for three years. She has written several fantasy and mystery series.
Fun with words
Maryland Writers’ Association invites residents to have fun with words.
In 100 words, weave together the name of your fantasy world, your character’s name, a fantasy beast, a magic power, a stone bridge and a shield.
To see a sample of how this might look, visit www.mwawritersroundtable.org/fun-with-words.
Readers who respond to the prompt are encouraged to paste their result at the website www.mwawritersroundtable.org/submit-fun-with-words by the 20th of the month and receive an MWA Writers’ Round Table Submission Certificate.
Selected prompts will be published next month.
Last month’s reader selection
In November, readers were asked to write a Marvel young adult selection, weaving together a YA character, the Marvel superhero he/she becomes, a second character they rescue, the situation they are rescued from, a family pet and a sport.
Here is a local selection:
A cry from the hill above startled Gavin Kern.
Doctor Strange had sent Zarazoga High’s star sprinter into Mondragon Woods during tonight’s new moon to collect belladonna.
Gavin raced up the spongy slope into a nightmare. A many-eyed horror wrapped tendrils around a teenage girl and a yowling cat. The fiend grew from a summoning circle.
Gavin gloved his hands in crackling blue fire.
“Look! I’m trained!”
It swiveled hell-born eyes toward him.
He shouted the Command of Banishment.
When the demon vanished, the wannabe sorceress grabbed her cat and fled.
Doctor Strange never warned him about ingratitude.
Sharon Lee, right, and her husband, Steve Miller, write fantasy novels together.