To paraphrase Forrest Gump (and his mom): “Twisted is as twisted does”- so grab your free copy of Twisted Tales, a Readers’ Choice selection of short fiction from Readers’ Circle of Avenue Park. Literary lies, epic yarns – it’s a collection of eclectic stories by authors from around the globe.
In today’s Meet the Authors series I’m delighted to welcome to the blog C.A. Sanders. A life-long New Yorker, he lives in the suburbs of NYC with a turtle that he has had since he was six years old. He is patiently waiting for MetroNorth service in his area. He is an unabashed geek and a Dungeons & Dragons addict. He is also ‘the most dastardly Skully player to ever live.’ If you don’t know what Skully is, he’ll be happy to teach you … the hard way.
I chose ‘Skully’ because of the anthology’s diversity. There are writers from all of the world in it, and so many different genres, and I wanted to share something that no other story in it covered. ‘Skully’ is a uniquely New York (pronounced New Yawk) story. I grew up in The Bronx (pronounced Da Bronx) during the 80s, and I used to play skully nearly every day. It’s a very New York game (though I’ve heard that they also play it in Philly). The Mister Softee truck, the GI Joes, and the tumbleweeds of cassette tape are all out of my childhood. I wanted to capture the time and place, but with supernatural aspects. I’m primarily a fantasy writer, and I especially love combining fantasy with history. ‘Skully’ is a perfect example of that.
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid (I remember typing out stories on my gramma’s old typewriter, and I majored in Creative Writing in college. I never considered another career besides it. My first story was published in 1999. While trying to impress literary magazines with pretentious prose (and alliteration) I worked as a freelance journalist, mostly music, but occasionally hard news.
Finally, I got sick of both journalism and lit mags. I decided to write what I love: fantasy and sci-fi. My first novel, Song of Simon was published in 2013 by Damnation Books (now Caliburn Press). My second novel, The Watchmage of Old New York, came out in 2015. I plan on writing Watchmage stories for a long time. It’s historical fantasy, and there’s a lot of history out there (and more everyday).
If you can’t find me there, you can find me here:
Website: www.casanders.net – it’s a fun site, and I’m active on it. This is the best way to get the true, insane, C.A. experience.
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