Ever since childhood D. Lee Jortner has loved fantasy and mystery. Playing with imaginary friends and writing and directing neighborhood plays filled her youth. Her first Smashwords release is a fun Christmas story: Peter Elf.
Working as a marketing specialist for Xchyler Publishing introduced her to Steampunk and her first Steampunk story will be published in February 2015 in Mechanized Masterpieces II: A Steampunk Anthology.
Her YA murder mystery Corpse in Kitchen 3 will also be released in 2015.
When not writing, Ms. Jortner teaches English Composition at Ivy Tech Community college in Valparaiso, Indiana or hangs with her husband Larry and her seven children and five grandchildren (and still counting).
The first of her historical fantasy series, CHIMMEKEN CROSSES THE DELAWARE was released on Amazon November 2014.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember loving all the Dr. Seuss Books. My first must have been Go Dog Go. It just felt wonderful to be able to read. Once I started school I love the magic stories by Edgar Eager-- Half Magic being my favorite.
How do you approach cover design?
This cover design inspired a controversy. Look carefully at the fun gnomes on the boat with Washington. I did my research to learn that using public domain pictures for any reason is lawful and fun.
Lillie, the airship pirate's wife is tired of waiting on her husband to grow up and settle down. When she is lured by a beautiful fairy to an enchanted island full of lost boys in need of a mother, she is elated. What troubles await her in this idyllic situation?