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Author Stephen King
The Southern Influence
They’re right, you know. I’m evidence of that, I claim, as I sit, write, and munch on a snack that is about as stereo-typically southern as they get: boiled peanuts. In fact, once upon a time, doing one of my writing gigs up in
, I introduced my
boss to the pleasure of the soft, salty orbs, and he became hooked. That was unfortunate, because the snack was
pretty much impossible to purchase up there; you had to boil your own raw
peanuts for hours. Alaska
But, yeah, that’s me. I grew up in a small town in
, and part of me
has never left. Granted, my southern
accent was beaten out of me in high school in Mississippi , and in the years
since, my military experience and my later travels took me around the
world. I’m still, though, a Southern Boy
at heart. California
The influence shows up in my writing. My first series, consisting of four books so far and another due out this fall, is about a woman who finds out one day that she’s married to Ares, the god of war. Oops, there’s something I forgot to tell you, honey…. She also learns that Aphrodite, his ex-wife, wants him back. It’s a fun series of adventures set around the world, even inside an active volcano, but I couldn’t help making the god of war’s favorite snack one of my all-time favorite vegetables: fried okra. And yes, okra is still a veggie to me even after you deep fry it.
My latest work, the first installment of which is due out March 15th, is southern through and through. It’s a tale of a
girl who learns
that she’s the daughter of the elf king, and thus is, based on a weird elf
tradition, next in line to be queen.
What follows is a lightly-told sequence of adventures in the fantasy
world of Kiirajanna, one that is full of dashing love interests, dangerous and
beautiful fairy tale beasts, and a whole mess of heart-blessing. Mississippi
Now to get back to work on the second installment of that series; hope you enjoy the first.
See y'all later!
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