Since this is my first post on The Speculative Salon, I thought I should introduce myself.
I’m Marsha A. Moore and I write fantasy romance. I prefer high fantasy or epic fantasy, but will dabble in paranormal or urban fantasy once in a while. Many days I feel akin to a Reese’s bar, wondering whether I got fantasy in my romance or romance in my fantasy. The latter wins out most times, since I tend to use romance only as a device to show more dimensions of my characters, reaching a bit further inside them emotionally. I need to know why, in their hearts, my characters are driven to complete their fantasy quests.
Otherwise, I’m delighted to live in Tampa after escaping from Ohio two years ago. I aspire to be a beach bum and often take pencil and paper there for long afternoons of fun. My fantasy worlds are often inspired by nature around me while cycling, kayaking or at the beach, like in my mermaid series. Tears on a Tranquil Lake is currently available, Tortuga Treasure coming in January, and Teega’s Tallion in the works to end the collection. I confess to being a yoga addict, and that level of inner discovery, mysticism, or spirituality also influences the fantasy worlds of my books and stories. I’m drawing much from those aspects of my life in an epic tale beginning release late this fall, The Enchanted Bookstore.
I’m pleased to have a few days a month to ramble here about my views on fantasy. Since I talked a lot about me, today I have something short—two quotes about fantasy I find interesting.
“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.” ~Terry Pratchett
“Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.” ~Mason Cooley
Like I said, I do enjoy exercise, so activity to work my mind sounds pleasant. However, Pratchett’s statement could easily apply to working math problems…ugh, not at all the same to me. Mathematicians may argue that the end result produces a product of value, thus it takes you somewhere. According to Cooley, fantasy lets you imagine your desires; you travel to a world of your making, one you desire.
Is an imaginary world a real destination?
What do you think…does fantasy take you anywhere?
Art credit: Michael Giedrojc