Lee cre­ates fan­tasy with co-au­thor hus­band

The Calvert Recorder - - Community - Lawrence McGuire of Wal­dorf

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.

For­get that.

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Sharon Lee, right, and her hus­band, Steve Miller, write fan­tasy nov­els to­gether.

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