The featured short story in this week's LocalLit newsletter is by Colleen Robbins of Joliet.
Recently, Robbins took a few minutes to speak to Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland via email.
Baran-Unland: Please provide a one-line summary of your story.
Robbins: A hunter tries to protect the tribes from a supernatural influence.
Baran-Unland: Why did you write this story?
Robbins: I am a fan of "inside out" stories, such as John Gardner's "Grendel" (a retelling of Beowulf from the monster's point of view), and Gregory Maguire's "Wicked" series. With movies like Disney's "Maleficent" so popular, it seemed like a good time to submit this.
Baran-Unland: What else have you written?
Robbins: My fantasy novel series includes "Daraga's Quest" and "The Daraga's Children." with a third book coming out next year called "Dark Protector."
There's a collection of stories about real life called "Stories of a Sheltered Suburbanite" as well as a children's book (third to fifth grade) called "Return to Ganagar" that I co-wrote with my daughter Tarina Jameson.
Other short stories of mine have appeared in various anthologies including "Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront" (editor Missy Matin), "Krampusnacht" (editor Kate Wolford), and "Eldritch Embrace" (editor Michael Cieslak).
Several stories and poems also appear in the various "Write Where We Are" anthologies put out by the WriteOn Joliet writer's group.
Baran-Unland:Why do you write?
Robbins: I write because I am compelled to do so. I think I would lose my mind if I did not. If I don't write the stories out, they write themselves in my head and distract me at the most inconvenient times (such as while swimming backstroke).
Baran-Unland: How can readers learn more about you?
Robbins: Email at email@example.com.
Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story, or a book review, by a local author to the newsletter's subscribers.
Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.
Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words.
To submit, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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