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Prudence MacLeod's love affair with sci-fi/fantasy began over 50 years ago. She has been an avid reader since childhood and always found a welcomed escape from the harsh reality of everyday life in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells and others.
Recently she has found her story telling moving in a slightly different direction so Dragonae, her latest, has been released under her own name, J.L. Crandall, the name she started writing under over twenty years ago.
Here's a sneak peek:
Duggal was a blacksmith and content to be so, but fate and destiny had other plans for the only man to ever slay a dragon. War rages everywhere, and the burden he carries weighs heavy, but the knowledge of his approaching destiny weighs heavier. Sweet dreams of days at the forge are lost in the search for the Lady of the Axe. He must find her for the fate of many depends upon it. And so does his.
A heavy sigh escaped his lips as, leaning on his great sword for support, he reached down and scooped up his helmet. With a visible effort he managed to get the sword into the scabbard that rode at his back. Only then did he turn around to see the fate of the king.
The king lay dead, along with his two sons, mere paces from where he stood. “They called me the Dragonae, the warrior who cannot be killed, the one man who could protect them, keep them alive.” He paused to gaze at them for a moment. “I guess they were half right.”
He took the fallen king’s sword from his hand and stuck it in the ground, lifted the broken crown and hung it on the pommel, then sadly turned away.
Don't worry, Pru isn't going anywhere, but for the next little while, J.L. Crandall will be sharing fantasy stories to whisk you away from the cares of our modern world.
And if you haven't yet checked out the short story audio files recently added to this site, please do. Pru is offering these for free, to her all her fans and to those wanting to get a taste of her earlier work. Check the menu under Tales From the North Coast or click here.
Ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats given the right set of circumstances and these days, maybe more than ever, we all need more everyday heroes.
I believe good fiction should entertain and have a momentum of its own that will transport readers away from the stresses of their daily lives. In an age of rampant sexualization and violence across entertainment media, I offer an alternative: satisfying stories to sweep you up into a different world where people, much like you, overcome challenges and have remarkable adventures.
My goal is to write stories that inspire people to be their own everyday hero; to imagine new possibilities for themselves and perhaps change the course of their own story. I invite you to join me on the adventure.