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Sarah Ashwood

The Sword and the Ring, non-fiction, Dec 1, 2008

Sarah Ashwood is twenty-three year old, full-time college student, currently working towards a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing. Scholastically, I am a member of the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and recently joined my second International Honour Society, The Golden Key.

As for my literary efforts, a chapbook of my poetry, entitled A Minstrel’s Musings, will be published by Cyberwizard Productions in 2009. My poetry was first published in the October 2007 edition of Art and Prose. Later that same year, I won first place in a local literary contest for an essay on the importance of reading. Since that time, my work—both poetry and prose, fantasy and non-fantasy—has appeared in such publications as Aoife’s Kiss, Flashing Swords Press, Mindflights, Outdoors Spectacular, The Lorelei Signal, and Abandoned Towers. Lastly, I am co-editor of the fantasy ezine, Moon Drenched Fables.

Get to know Sarah...

May 29, 1985

When did you start writing? 

I’ve written short stories since I was a young child, but only seriously began writing fiction in 2003.

When and what and where did you first get published? 
My first piece published was a fantasy poem titled “Spawn of Darkness.” It was published in October 2007 by Art and Prose.

Why do you write? 
This is a question that could bear a long, extended answer. However, I can sum it up easily by quoting Anne Tyler who said, “I write because I want to have more than one life.” In writing, I am male and female, rich and poor, wise and foolish, bold and cowardly, human and animal. I am every one of my characters, and live in every one of my worlds. The chance to live these different lives is the main reason I write.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? 
I’ve only ever dabbled in Science Fiction, but I write fantasy because it transcends boundaries of time, reality, and space. There are no limitations. Real world elements can be included in fantasy, as well as anything the author’s muse breathes into his/her ear. In short, fantasy expands the imagination. This is why I write it.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? 
My favorite fantasy author is probably Juliet Marillier, and her novel Daughter of the Forest is also my favorite fantasy book. Other fantasy authors I enjoy are Jennifer Fallon, Sarah Ash, Jim Butcher, Dawn Cook, Kristen Britain, and Robin Hobb.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? 
I want to write fiction that is appropriate for everyone from young adults to the elderly. I want it to be thoughtful, thought-provoking, touching, humorous, and entertaining, but I also want to explore the different sides of human nature: the bad as well as the good, the evil as well as the noble. An essential theme in many of my stories is that of forgiveness and redemption. I believe few people—if any—are beyond either.

Do you blog? Where? 
No, I don’t blog. Perhaps, when I eventually build my own website, I will add a blog page.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? 
She served God and lived her dreams.

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