Interview with Willow Croft, Author of “Salted Earth”

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The following is an interview with Willow Croft, author of the short story “Salted Earth,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Salted Earth”?

I’ve worked in animal rescue and wildlife rescue for years, both as a volunteer and as a paid employee. I even had the opportunity to become involved in a hoarding case investigation, and wrote an affidavit for a court case involving neglected cats. The cats were relocated to a new, no-kill cat shelter that had been formed to house them (which is still in operation today). So, the cause of animal rights is still close to my heart, even though I haven’t had the opportunity to get involved in the cause in my new location. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what would…

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Interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, Author of “Mari Lwyd”

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The following is an interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman, author of the short story “Mari Lwyd,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Mari Lwyd”?

I’ll confess, I had originally written this story with a different anthology in mind, a Christmas horror anthology. So I wasn’t trying to write about Celtic mythology specifically, but the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd caught my attention.

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

Dorks. I’m autistic, and a huge nerd besides, so a my quirks and love of nerdy references tend to bleed into my characters.

3) Excluding your Neon Druid story, what piece of writing are you most proud of, and why?

“The Good, the Bad, and the Utahraptor.” It’s a…

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Interview with Patrick Winters, Author of “The Faoladh”

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The following is an interview with Patrick Winters, author of the short story “The Faoladh,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “The Faoladh”?

I was perusing Facebook months ago, and I just happened to see a post with a brief article about the Faoladh. “Irish werewolves” caught my attention, and when I read the article, I was really surprised by the concept of werewolves acting as nobler—even heroic—guardian figures, as compared to the more modern view of them being mindless monsters, like we see in a fair bit of today’s media. I kept the concept in the back of my mind, and once I saw the call for Neon Druid, I knew it was time to make a story out of it.

2) What’s something that…

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Interview with Art Lasky, Author of “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”

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The following is an interview with Art Lasky, author of the short story “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”, which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Faith, Begorrah, and Oy Gevalte!”?

My story starts with a little boy falling down a coal chute. Shortly before my second birthday, it was traumatic enough to remember. When a workshop prompt called for a story about a trip I had taken, well…

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

My stories always include humor and a sharp turn into weirdness.

3) Which book/story has had the biggest influence on your writing?

Winter Warriors by David Gemmell, showed me that sword & sorcery heroes need not be dour, irresistibly powerful characters. It is okay for them…

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Interview with Ed Ahern, Author of “Cave Canem”

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The following is an interview with Ed Ahern, author of the short story “Cave Canem,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “Cave Canem”?

I wanted a supernatural figure with provenance who wasn’t already a beaten-to-death trope.

2) What’s something that always seems to pop up in the stories you write?

I have a snarky sense of humor and if I’m not careful I’ll stick in a zinger that spoils the mood I’m trying for.

3) Which book/story has had the biggest influence on your writing?

Several books by Ray Bradbury. He’s a little out of vogue now, but he’s able to generate a delicious sense of wonder in even scifi settings.

4) Excluding your Neon Druid story, what piece of writing are you most proud of, and…

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Interview with Alexandra Brandt, Author of “The Flat Above the Wynd”

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The following is an interview with Alexandra Brandt, author of the short story “The Flat Above the Wynd,” which appears in Neon Druid: An Anthology of Urban Celtic Fantasy (available now on Amazon in digital and paperback).

1) What inspired you to write your Neon Druid story, “The Flat Above the Wynd”?

My whole family has been pretty obsessed with all things Celtic since I can remember. My obsession turned into its own special brand of nerdery when I went on an archaeological tour of Scotland in 2015…wait, there is nothing archaeological in this story.

What DID inspire me was the time we spent in Edinburgh, exploring Old Town and discovering all the little alleyways (wynds and closes) and side courts along the Royal Mile. (We were absolutely the idiot tourists trying to climb the stairs of a private residence.) That’s where “The Flat Above the Wynd” came from.

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Read a Free Sample of NEON DRUID (Now Available on Amazon)

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The monstrous spreadsheets have all been laid to rest.

The wordsmiths have all been paid.

The stories have all been edited, proofread, and edited again.

The requisite sacrifices to Ogma — god of eloquence — have all been made.

Neon Druid is here.

Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston.

A collection of seventeen short stories, Neon Druid mixes urban fantasy and Celtic mythology, creating a universe where lecherous leprechauns and debaucherous druids inhabit the local pubs, and where shapeshifting water spirits from Scotland and sword-wielding warriors from Ireland lurk in the alleyways.

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