It’s Wild Wednesday and here I am. I’m Graylin Fox and I have three upcoming novels with Decadent, Coming Home, Contagion, and Your Biggest Fan. The first two are in my writing wheelhouse with elves, fairies, and Otherworld connections. The third is in my “real job” world of psychology.
I love the world of make believe. I grew up wanting to be a princess, but not any princess. I wanted to be a fairy princess. We moved every few years as I grew up, giving me the title of “new kid” seven or eight times before junior high. So I would escape into books. I wanted to be swept off my feet but only if I could have the same prince as Thumbelina, or Cinderella.
My mother loved to read and shared that passion with me before kindergarten. It was my coping mechanism, my escape from having to start over repeatedly. And it remains that way today. Even as an adult, I escape into books or movies where reality is bent and magical beings are a normal part of life. I love reading about dragons, elves, fairies, goblins, and ogres. I love it even more if they don’t have the smiley face of “everything is always happy” pasted on their face.
I reflect that in my writing. I escape to wonderful worlds in my mind when I write. But, if you follow these stories, you will also see a strong tinge of reality. I rarely write romance as I see it broken so often. What I see in my day-to-day world is death. And in my stories, it plays a very strong part. Death itself is almost a character as we watch its existence at the edge of my characters consciousness drive them forward.
Now I’m a Psychologist. Escape is no longer necessary. I’m settled in my career and move when I want to move. Now the adventure is in my work. I see great pain, sorrow, and mourning (my practice includes working at three hospitals). I also see hope, faith, and family in situations where the weak are ripped to bits without something to hold. Most come back from the tragedies of life. It’s the others we reach out for when the thunder gets too loud or the lightning too bright.
To me, life itself is wild. No accessories needed.
and Coming Soon: