Tannara Young

Entering the Enchanted Forest, nonfiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013

Birthdate? Valentine’s Day, 1978

When did you start writing? Around eight or there about, but more prolifically around fifteen.

When and what and where did you first get published? My master’s thesis, an annotated edition of the play The Immortal Hour, was published by R. J. Stewert Books in 2009. In fantasy fiction I have a short story titled “The Summer Valley” appearing in The Mythic Circle July 2013.

What themes do you like to write about? I like to celebrate the nobility of the human spirit. I am drawn to moments when people rise above themselves, find strength to stand against adversity and discover compassion and wisdom. I explore themes such as spiritual journeys; initiations; heroism; re-enchantment and feminine perspectives. 

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I am particularly drawn to mythic, heroic fantasy – beginning with The Lord of the Rings and including many others such as The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Mystic and Rider, Taash and the Jesters and The Isle of Glass. I also enjoy the mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers and Laurie R. King. I am particularly attracted to beautiful language, epic tales of romance and adventure ,and intricately drawn worlds. My own writing follows these themes and it is my hope to develop my own fantasy world with depth and vitality.

Tannara Young is the fantasy fiction pen name of Laura Wilson. Her tales are set in the enchanted world of Idhua and her current project is to write fourteen short stories, one for each country in Idhua. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, and when she is not writing she works as a baker, tends her garden and invents new recipes.