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Cerridwen Iris Shea

The Merry's Dalliance, fiction, Sept 1, 2008

Cerridwen Iris Shea publishes under a half a dozen names in both fiction and non-fiction.  Her work appears in publications including THE SCRUFFY DOG REVIEW, TOASTED CHEESE, FEMMEFAN, and WILD CHILD.  Her plays are produced in New York, London, Edinburgh, and Australia. Her novella HEX BREAKER (written as Devon Ellington) was released by FireDrakes Weyr Publishing in August 2008.

Get to know Cerridwen...

Birthdate? March 11. I'm not giving the year,you never ask a lady's age! ;) But, yes, I am definitely legal!

When did you start writing? I was first published as a child; got away from it in college; started again the the mid 1990's and am now a full-time freelancer.

When and what and where did you first get published? I was first published in local school magazines. When I came back to writing, it was as a playwright, so I was first produced, before I was published. One of my first publishing credits when I returned to writing was in THEMA.

Why do you write? Writing is breathing to me. It's how I make sense of the world.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I like the infinite "what if" possibilities in science fiction and fantasy. I also think you can tell more emotional truths in these imaginative contexts.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? I have many favorite authors, who include Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sharon Shinn, Yasmine Galenorn, Ian Rankin, and Elizabeth Berg.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? It depends on the story and characters! Themes that keep coming up are loyalty, betrayal, love, friendship, and finding acceptance while holding on to non-conformity.

Do you blog? Where? I have a popular blog on the writing life called Ink in My Coffee,

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? Her stories helped people see the world differently, and she always had time for her friends.

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