When asked how long they’ve been a writer, S. Wallace has this to say: “Writing? As long as I’ve known how to put words together. My first story was probably written when I was between five and seven years old.” They write primarily science fiction, “though Science-Fantasy is probably more accurate, but that conjures images of Flash Gordon which is far from my meaning; my writing is closer to Starship: Andromeda.”
Wallace’s current project is a set of three interconnected short stories for the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies. Their stories tell of a pair of sellswords who agree to protect a caravan of pacifists through a desert filled with monsters. What makes this story different? These sellswords are a centaur and a minotaur. And they are married.
“We so rarely see RELATIONSHIP stories. I love those, as they are the most human. This is the story of two beings who love each other, who struggle together against arrows and desert wind as well as the prejudices and hatred of those they are contracted to serve. To succeed, they’ll have to put aside racial enmity and pride to work together.” The question arises: who are the real monsters? The creatures surviving in harsh desert climes, the sellswords, or the prejudiced pilgrims?
Although William C. Cronk has been writing since he first picked up a pencil, he began taking his creative skills seriously in 2017 when he won a contest to write a Dungeons & Dragons gaming module for none other than Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms. “I was ecstatic. I had no idea I could win,” William modestly says of his adventure module, set in the trading city of Ormpur. “Ed Greenwood is such a wonderful man, very down to earth. We still keep in touch.” William’s stories have appeared in Sylvermoon Chronicles’ 2019 anthology with a sci-fi tale entitled “Linear Rotation”, and another, “Not the One”, is due out in mid-2020.
William’s current project is a set of three short stories written specifically for the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies. His story tells of a young boy from a remote desert village going on pilgrimage to the capital city in hopes of becoming a mage-priest. “These stories are a great fit for the anthology’s theme of ‘hidden magic’ because the current would-be rulers only recognize magic that works in a specific way. Their own beliefs will not allow them to see that other forms of magic exist. This boy has a kind of magic that has been hidden by their own prejudices.”
When asked why he chose this story, William confessed, “It chose me. The idea of a young boy with hidden magic, trying to find his place in the world, came to mind. Before I knew it, I had a main character and a setting.” His first story, “Bands of Gold”, will be continued with “Bands of Brass” and “Bands of Iron” in the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies, now on sale.
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