Monday, January 21, 2013

Starflower Tour - Top Ten Fantastical Beings

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Author Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Anne Elisabeth Stengl makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and studies piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration at Grace College and English literature at Campbell University. She is the author of HEARTLESS, VEILED ROSE, MOONBLOOD, and STARFLOWER, with DRAGONWITCH due to release in 2013. HEARTLESS and VEILED ROSE have each been honored with a Christy Award.

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I am pleased to welcome Anne Elisabeth Stengl back for a visit on Colorimetry!! Especially ON-TOUR with Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer!!!


1. DRAGONS! But when I say dragons, I mean proper dragons. Scary dragons. Evil dragons. Dragons that prove a worthy nemesis to the hero. No tame dragons for me!
2. Faeries. My world is peppered with Faeries of all types, and I love exploring what possibilities otherness can offer.
3. Unicorns. Moonblood features a unicorn, and I had fun researching unicorn mythology from various cultures as I invented my own take on this fabulous being.
4. Goblins. Another fantastical being I have explored in Veiled Rose and Moonblood. But I feel that I have only just scratched the surface. Goblins don't need to be limited to the ugly-baddy role they have played throughout most of literature. I think they might have depths worth exploring.
5. Pookas. Pookas are Faeries who take animal form, and while I don't use the name "pooka" in my world, many of my Faerie characters are shape-shifters.
6. Lamia. A reptilian snake-woman fiend. ChuMana from Starflower is similar to the lamia but perhaps a little less horrifying than the original creature.
7. Pegasus. A mythical creature I have not yet used in my world. But as a child, winged horses were myfavorites! So perhaps one day I'll find one winging its way into my tales.
8. Mermaids. I have referenced mher-kind in several of my stories, but they have yet to play a principle role. Give me time, however!
9. Pixies. A type of Faerie, usually quite small. I picture them winged, as well. Invisible pixies feature inHeartless and again in Moonblood and are given an interesting role and backstory come my Untitled Book 6 due to release in 2014.
10. Hodag. Okay, this one will probably never make its way into any of my stories! But the Hodag is a classic Wisconsin monster, and a familiar figure around my hometown of Minocqua, Wisconsin. So I have a soft-spot in my heart for the hideous Hodag . . .


When a cursed dragon-witch kidnaps the lovely Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin sets boldly forth on a rescue mission...and a race against his rival for Gleamdren's favor. Intent upon his quest, the last thing the immortal Faerie needs is to become mixed up with the troubles of an insignificant mortal.

But when he stumbles upon a maiden trapped in an enchanted sleep, he cannot leave her alone in the dangerous Wood Between. One waking kiss later, Eanrin suddenly finds his story entangled with that of young Starflower. A strange link exists between this mortal girl and the dragon-witch. Will Starflower prove the key to Lady Gleamdren's rescue? Or will the dark power from which she flees destroy both her and her rescuer?

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