Book: Maginaugh (The Fair and Fey) by J. Ellyne
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J. Ellyneabout this book: Maginaugh is the first part of an epic alternate history adult fantasy. There is adult content (no fading to black in the love scenes) but this is not mainly erotica. There is romance, magic, and adventure aplenty.
Although the story is set in time 9,000 years ago, it is based on things that I have experienced in the 21st century. The title is a slight transformation of a real island where I spent many summers. Readers will be able to place where it is by the end of the book. The cover image invokes a sense of the magic of the setting.
After dabbling with writing for most of my life, I was finally inspired by a Wildacres writer's workshop I took in 2005 and by a Stephen King book titled, On Writing and then I began to write full time. It became my career and has consumed me totally.
It took me six years of writing and rewriting many times before finally publishing Maginaugh. The second book in the series (Maahilund) came much faster (six months) and I'm well into writing the third book now. It gets easier.
I find that the primary readers of my books are those interested in reading f/f romances that are well written and have an actual plot. Most are women and most are heterosexual (maybe curious?) but quite a few are men for whatever reason. The theme of a young woman's love for another woman flows through the story. Regardless of your sexual orientation, you will be touched by the open innocence, joy, and true love of the main characters for each other.
The two parts of writing that I spend most time on are the preliminary research, done before writing the first word, and the copy editing, done after writing the last word. The middle part, actually writing the tale, is the easy and fun part.
I want to communicate to readers that life will not always be what you want but if you find and nourish true love, all the hard parts will be worth the pain.
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