Susan Skylark

Biography

Susan pretends to be a writer so people don’t ask what her degree is really in, because then she would be forced to listen to endless stories about someone’s long dead cat or asked in mystification why she isn’t currently devoting her life to that end and no other. Instead, she married a clergyman, much to everyone’s astonishment, including her own, and in proper fairytale fashion keeps house for the mysterious gentleman in a far away land, spending most of her time in company with a very short, whimsical person who can almost speak English. She enjoys fantasy, fairy tales, and adventure stories and her writing reflects this quaint affectation. She considers Happy Endings (more or less) a requisite to good literature and sanity, though real stories never, truly end.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have always loved stories and have been reading them or imagining my own for as long as I can remember, but in the pre-computer days I wrote very little as it was a tedious and time consuming process (of course that was in elementary school), but once I hit junior high and discovered computers, I began to write much more often and have been doing so ever since, at least when I get the time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My sister has tried to get a book published for years, she actually has a deal with a major publisher, but so far no book. I have all these stories I want to tell and it seemed the best route to get them out there, whether anyone reads them or not is another matter but it is fun seeing your words in print.
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Books

The Sampler Platter: A Little Bit of Everything
Price: Free! Words: 638,940. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
This disparate gathering of books and stories has as little in common as the varied contents of a ‘sampler platter’ of appetizers at a restaurant and serves the same purpose: if you don’t know what exactly you are hungry for, at least in a literary sense, why not try a little of everything? If you are a lover of fairy tales, why not give it a try? It is even low cal!
In Shadow: The Complete Series
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren · In Shadow. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 403,140. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
How can there be secrets in a place renowned for Truth? Things are not always as they seem; sometimes they are far stranger: a mysterious book of tales few can read, unexplained comings and goings, secrets that must be kept at any cost. Follow the journey of one who suddenly finds himself thrust into an adventure he is not even sure he believes in. The entire 'In Shadow' trilogy in one volume!
Shadows Fall
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren · In Shadow. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,700. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Discover a monster in the woods, a Kingdom stalked by shadows and nightmares, and that owning a magical sword might not be so wonderful after all, in this third volume of the 'In Shadow' series, a series within the 'Chronicles of the Brethren.' Start with 'Shadow of the Unicorn' and then read 'To Shadow Bound,' to get the most out of this series.
To Shadow Bound
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren · In Shadow. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,590. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Mysterious comings and goings, life and death, all part of the daily routine for a Shadow, but can faith endure when all seems lost? When you are stripped of everything that you once cherished, what then is left? In the face of great evil and in the midst of impenetrable night does hope remain? Is there yet light in the darkness, hope in despair?
Shadow of the Unicorn
Series: In Shadow · Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: Free! Words: 138,840. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
How can there be secrets in a place renowned for Truth? Things are not always as they seem; sometimes they are far stranger: a mysterious book of tales few can read, unexplained comings and goings, secrets that must be kept at any cost. Follow the journey of one who suddenly finds himself thrust into an adventure he is not even sure he believes in.
The Greylands: Volume VI
Series: The Greylands. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,880. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
Over the Hills and Far Away
Price: Free! Words: 77,480. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Fairy tales, like music and poetry, are a language known to every soul no matter the culture, time, or place. Travel 'over the hills and faraway,' with these varied tales of Faerie and for a little while reclaim the wonder and joy peculiar to a childlike heart.
The Greylands: The Complete Series
Series: The Greylands. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 489,250. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
The Serpent and the Unicorn: The Complete Series
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 379,330. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
What if the Myth were real and everything else mattered not? What if your very soul hung in the balance? Enter a land where the Myth is real, but many have forgotten or scorn the Truth and those who fight to uphold it. The adventure is about to begin, for even those who fight for justice are about to rediscover why. Completely revised and updated, the entire series is now available in one volume.
On Heroes: A Foible
Series: The Foibles. Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
This story should be used with caution, not taken internally, and avoided by those who have a congenital lack of humor, who take themselves and the world too seriously, and those looking for something serious to read. This little saga pokes fun at bureaucracy, paperwork, heroes, and the latest fad in looming environmental crises. Find out how to save the world in six easy lessons, or not.
The Greylands: Volume V
Series: The Greylands, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,110. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
The Greylands: Volume IV
Series: The Greylands, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 72,360. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
On Princesses: A Foible
Series: The Foibles. Price: Free! Words: 10,310. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Yes, the world needs another fairytale, just like your grandmother needs a Dwarf Grunge Band. Of course this is not just another fairy tale, it is a completely irreverent celebration of geeks, fairy goth-mothers, small annoying dogs, and yes, princesses. This is a foible, not a fable, thus it has no redeeming value whatsoever. Enjoy!
The Greylands: Volume III
Series: The Greylands. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,400. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
The Greylands: Volume II
Series: The Greylands. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,650. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
The Greylands: Volume I
Series: The Greylands. Price: Free! Words: 83,950. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
(5.00)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet, William Shakespeare A land of shadows, of mystery, of obfuscated Truth. Welcome to the Greylands, that strange world, within the bounds of Time, peopled by mortal men. We cannot see truly, only as through a glass, darkly. Discover a collection of stories inspired by such imaginings.
Legends of the Brethren: The Complete Series
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 280,790. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
From the wild woods of the north and across the central plains they come. Over treacherous mountains and stormy seas, across all the expanse of time and history they have been gathered. Herein are found many a tale of things great and small, of sorrow and triumph, of life, death, and things beyond either, Laughter and tears, hope and despair, are found in the tales that follow.
Legends of the Brethren: The Sampler
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: Free! Words: 115,010. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
From the wild woods of the north and across the central plains they come. Over treacherous mountains and stormy seas, across all the expanse of time and history they have been gathered. Herein are found many a tale of things great and small, of sorrow and triumph, of life, death, and things beyond either, Laughter and tears, hope and despair, are found in the tales that follow.
Thus It Began
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 183,410. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Time and forgetfulness have fogged the memories of men, but some stories are too great to be forgotten. Discover how it all began. A young girl is given an impossible task while the world she once knew is gone forever. No one knows what will emerge from the wreckage. How will civilization survive, especially when the dark forces that encouraged its fall are not content with mere ruin?
A Song of Lesser Days
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 183,840. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
The world is laid waste through centuries of war and plague. The world has not known such desolation since the Beginning. Nation has risen against nation until none now can stand and some have vanished forever. Even Astoria has fallen and the Brethren are scattered in a quickly darkening and ever more dangerous world. Yet there is hope, though it be only flickering candle on the edge of night.
Once a Thief
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 226,340. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Where do legends come from? Before all the grand adventures and dire tragedies that shook the world to its core, there was a young boy named Tristan whom the cruel hand of fate had left all alone in an indifferent and pitiless world. It is a journey from boyhood to manhood, from obscurity to purpose. Meet the boy who became a legend and discover where the adventure began.
The Serpent and the Unicorn: Book IV and V
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 157,860. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
The armed conflict is over and the world anticipates a time of peace and prosperity, but a war of a different sort is looming, one for the heart and soul of humanity. Since time began, the Brethren have been the guardians of Knowledge and Truth, but their ancient stewardship is about to be challenged by those who seek Reason at any cost. Who will decide how the world puts itself back together?
The Serpent and the Unicorn: Book III
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,170. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
An old foe and an ancient enemy join forces to conquer the known world. The Brethren are forced to confront the mostly contented and oblivious nations and prepare them for a war that might destroy everything. Even if the nations can unite, a much greater evil has yet to reveal itself and this may mean defeat in the very hour of victory unless a mission of dire secrecy is successful.
The Serpent and the Unicorn: Book I and II
Series: Chronicles of the Brethren. Price: Free! Words: 146,410. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
(5.00)
What if the Myth were real and everything else mattered not? What if your very soul hung in the balance? Enter a land where the Myth is real, but many have forgotten or scorn the Truth and those who fight to uphold it. The adventure is about to begin, for even those who fight for justice are about to rediscover why.

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  • Ardinéa on March 18, 2013

    Beautiful, lyrical, intriguing. A charming escape into Fairyland with a curious twist on elf-lore. For the most part, the Christian undertone is a lovely background to the story, except for one small incident near the middle where the main character forgets for a time that she is not a street evangelist; it was quite jarring and nearly made me drop the book in dismay, for it did not fit the character or the story at all, but the story quickly found its footing and finished well. It has been years since a book kept me reading after bedtime, this story certainly kept me up late! Highly recommended.
  • A Man of Few Words on March 15, 2014

    An amusing and fairly accurate look into the mind of Mr. Darcy. If you love Pride and Prejudice, you should find this a good read.