Madeline was afraid.
She had woken in the middle of the night to the tinkling of bells on the roof. Her excited curiosity had faded quickly as sounds of snorts and growls coursed through the house. There was a soft crash, followed by a succession of muffled bangs, then what seemed to be loud, rapid gulping.
She thought of her father’s tales of the frightening demon of midwinter; her imagination began toiling with bright red eyes, twisted horns, hooves, and sharp, bloodstained teeth. Shivering, she pulled her wool blanket up over her face leaving only her eyes exposed to peer through the darkness.
There is nothing to fear, she repeated in her mind. The soft glow of the fireplace emanated through the crack beneath her door. She was grateful for any light it could offer, until a shadow crept across the brightness, stopping directly in front of her doorway. The handle creaked as it turned, the hinges groaned, and the door slowly swung open.
Madeline’s eyes broadened as wide as they would go. The silhouette before her was more alarming than anything she had imagined. She slid the edge of her blanket upwards as slowly as she dared to move, until it covered her entire head. The heavy footfalls of the terrifying beast grew steadily louder. She was sure the horrible demon was upon her. The room fell deathly silent, and she wondered if anything was there at all. She cautiously lowered the blanket, coming face to face with a thick, brown snout. Heavy, pungent breath threatened to suffocate her, and she opened her mouth to scream.
1. What does a standard Christmas look like for you, and what would be an ideal Christmas?
I want to say that my favorite genre to write so far is fantasy. Ask me again in a few years though, because lately I’ve been really stemming out and trying new genres and styles. Horror is surprisingly fun, and I’m currently planning out a horror novel regarding zombie-like aggressive behavior. I’m writing a memoir novel about living with bipolar disorder, and a few general fiction stories on the side. My friend and I are about to begin a wonderful novel collaboration in which we each write two sides of the same story, with each other’s protagonists as our own antagonists. My main project and what I am most excited for is Aspect, an epic fantasy trilogy centered around a girl who is chosen to become the next Aspect of Time. To take her place among the other elemental Aspects, she must first gain their trust and their abilities, proving her worth. However, she is tricked into freeing Chaos from his eternal prison and must find a way to defeat him before he destroys the world. I’m loving it all, and I hope I get the chance to delve into a few other genres before settling on a main course.