Once Upon A Time…

...there was a headstrong fairy princess and a frog with an axe.
But that's another story.

My name is Dawn Metcalf and I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction. My debut novel, LUMINOUS, is a YA paranormal fantasy about a Latina-American superheroine who saves people from dying before their time. The Twixt series, including INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, INSIDIOUS and INVINCIBLE is just your average fairy tale about a guy, a girl, a deadly mistake, a number of sharp, pointy objects and a plot to end the Age of Mankind.

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Podcast Panel: Scribes of the Round Table!

I was on a panel of YA authors for Scribes of the Round Table: Secrets & Lore Behind the Door. Episode 1 "Are We Scared of the Dark?" featured Lisa Acerbo, Steve Parlato and I talking about whether children's literature has gotten darker or is it more our willingness to talk about darker stuff? Honestly, we all agreed...

Well, listen for yourself! Click here!

I really enjoyed talking with fellow writers, especially during this COVID pandemic sheltering-in-place! May it help YOU think about stories and being confronted with "darker stuff" in real life and in fiction.

Brought to you by the Farmington Valley Podcast Network & The Storyteller's Cottage.

Inspiration of the Week: Soap

Despite toilet paper being the hot go-to item during the COVID-19 outbreak, I have to say what is most on my mind and inspiring just about every action while in our stay-at-home/shelter-in-place orders is soap. I, a grown adult-ish person, never realized the proper length or technique for hand-washing as it was on my basics lists from kindergarten and after toileting activities and never graduated to the hospital-grade World Health Organization surgical standards that should be respected in a pandemic-laden society. This video taught me the error of my ways and then inspired a new respect for things like hand cream and Vaseline as the skin of my knuckles began to split.

These are the sort of details that one always needs to make a post-apocalyptic dystopia come to life. The writer brain is ALWAYS on!

Be well. Keep safe. Wash often. Stay home. And P.S. Write!

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