When Janine asked me to be a part of the Athena’s Daughter’s Kickstarter, I was ecstatic! A chance to have a story in an anthology with folks like Mary Robinette Kowel and Gail Z Martin (and so many others), how could I say no!
But since this was also the first time I was involved in a Kickstarter, I was not quite sure what to expect. As I suspect most of you know, we funded in about 36 hours!!! And by the end of the 6th day, we passed the stretch goal where I get to add a story.
I am utterly blown away by the support this anthology has received. It has been unbelievably exciting to watch the funding send us past stretch goal after stretch goal. Thank you so much to all the folks who believed in this.
As a new author, I am thrilled to have this chance to share my stories with a wider audience.
As a result of the Kickstarter, Janine asked me to write a blog post for Silence in the Library and I wasn’t sure what to talk about. After a bit of thought I decided to answer the questions that I’m most often asked at a convention.
How did you get started writing?
In my case, once you get past the history of having a degree in English, I usually tell people it was a confluence of lucky events. In my non-normal life, I am a pirate re-enactor and con-runner. As a result, I consider myself very familiar with pirates and pirate history and I happen know a few authors. We were at a convention and I happened to overhear a pair of authors (hat tip to Val Griswold-Ford and Davey Beauchamp) talking about an anthology whose theme was “Pirates and Magic.” I immediately begged to be allowed to submit a story. Val graciously said yes and so I went home and wrote a story about a time-traveling Air Force pilot who meets the pirate Grace O’Malley. And to my utter surprise and amazement, it was accepted! From there, I had the good luck and grace to then be asked to submit to several other anthologies. So my advice to other aspiring writers is to keep trying (and find really good editors!) I have been incredibly blessed to have both Val and Michael Ventrella (Fortannis Anthologies) as my first editors, who in addition to accepting my stories, have always given me great advice on how to make them better.
I have so many influences that it would be like writing a who’s who list of SF/F authors. But if I had to pick the books and authors I have learned from…then I would say I have four big ones…Timothy Zahn, Katherine Kurtz, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Margaret and Tracy’s Dragonlance books were my first introduction to fantasy that wasn’t written for children or young adults. They are still the only authors who have made me throw a book across a room in anger. I actually still re-read the Dragonlance novels frequently and find myself touched by the characters and moved by the emotions of the story. There is something comforting about their stories. Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni series, I adore because of her world building. Her world, perhaps because of its very familiarity to our own, is very real when I read it. Last (but never least) is Timothy Zahn. Like many others, I came to Tim via his Star Wars novels, but I follow him because of the rest of his writing. Tim is an amazing SF author. He has a way of making the “science” in science fiction understandable (for me). His characters are always well rounded with flaws and feelings that even in worlds miles away from my own understanding, I can relate to them. (Add to that he is an incredibly nice person!)
What is the hardest thing you find about writing?
Finding time to write. But, as it pertains to writing, I will add that one thing I have learned very early is to identify where I struggle as an author… in my case, I like “talking heads” or lots of dialogue and not enough action or descriptions. Because this is a challenge for me, I often try to go back though my stories after I’ve written them and describe the scene as my hero sees it or add movement (fingers tapping, a walk around a room). These types of adjustments come by listening to your editors (and beta-readers).
Thank you again to all the backers who have made it possible for me to have a story included in Athena’s Daughters and I hope you enjoy all the stories!
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Tera Fulbright has been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade. Her experiences and interests range from costuming and stage combat to running conventions to writing.
Her first short story, “History in the Making” was published in the anthology Rum & Runestones in 2010. Her second story, “Faith,” was published in Michael Ventrella’s Tales of Fortannis: A Bard’s Eye View. In 2012, Tera’s third short story, “Anne Bonny’s Child,” was included in Spells and Swashbucklers, the follow-up toRum & Runestones.
As a fan, she serves as the Quartermaster for the DMB Lightning’s Hand of the Buccaneers of the Atlantic Coast. Tera enjoys costuming; some of her costumes include Mara Jade & Padme of Star Wars, Hathor ofStargate: SG-1 and various lady pirates. Along with her husband, James, she helped run conventions such as StellarCon and RavenCon for over 15 years.
In her non-fandom life, Tera works as the University Relations Coordinator for B/E Aerospace. And in what, admittedly limited, spare time she has, she enjoys miniature painting, playing D&D, reading and spending time with her husband and daughter at their home in Greensboro, NC.
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