I was on the set of Christopher Guest’s Thank You for Your Consideration when I realized I wanted to be a writer. My first novel was born of a long month sitting in a dusty studio with little to do. Let’s just say that after a week of twelve-hour days, solitaire got pretty boring. That’s when I decided to open my laptop and ‘put to pen’ the ideas and bizarre dreams rolling around in my head.
In San Diego, where I grew up, I first dreamt of Ithiria, a fantastic world where elementals guarded the natural balance and evil was born of good intentions. At Mesa College, where I studied theatre, the nuances of this land evolved into multiple stories mirroring our own world. While working in the film industry, the works of Grimm, Shelly, and other classic tales the world over came to exist on my pages in new forms. With ample ‘set’ time, I caught up on the reading I should have done while building sets at Madison High School. After winning the reality show Search for the Next Elvira and discovering the works of Christopher Moore, many of my characters took a comedic turn, with zombies who play soccer with each other’s heads and witches saddled with cackling disorders.
It wasn’t long until the creatures of Ithiria began to cross each other’s stories. Life is an adventure and I believe this constant change should translate into one’s work. Every year of attending Masquerade Balls, Steampunk events, and Comic Conventions causes my stories to become more fantastic. Each set I work on, from I Love You, Man to Star Trek, drives me to add new creations. What filters onto the page always surprises me.
I have a near-constant habit of nerding out on anything comic book, movie, myth, fairy tale, or supernatural, which has forced me to find ways to combine the things I love. So far, Ithiria has tales of unwitting royals who unearth great magic, children who wander into dark woods in search of dark creatures, vampires who discover their origins go deeper than a mere lifestyle change, and sheltered adolescents who find themselves capable of heroic feats. All of these plots and characters work toward the greater history of Ithiria; which as in our own world, is just the beginning.
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Medusa's Reflection ~ Part of the Stories of Ithiria Collection
by April Wahlin
All have heard of Medusa, the famed gorgon with snakes for hair. Medusa is depicted as a foul-tempered creature with a hatred for men so fierce that a mere look petrifies them. Some say Medusa was vain and so was cursed by the gods, some that she was borne as such. Here is a new perspective of the trials and loves of the ill-fated Medusa.
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