KM Wilsher

Hey, KM, thanks for stoppin’ by the Light of Truth blog.

Thank you, Lynn! How fun to be here with you. I am humbled and honored.

You’re an up and coming writer who loves to read and write fantasy—How’d you get into that genre? Any defining moment(s)?

The defining moments behind my love for fantasy fiction include: A small magical production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1980. The day I finished reading Jason and the Argonauts for English class–This is homework? The first paragraph of Harry Potter, but it all began with the bible. Yes, sitting in Sunday school hearing the Greatest Story ever told and reading verses like this: Revelation 6:2  I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Well, I know it was way back then a desire was born inside me to dream in colors of story, on the landscape of Fantasy.

Your first publication was released April 1st with The Cross and the Cosmos (TC2), tell us how that came to be.

The moment TC2 announced its first publication, I knew it would be a dream come true to be a part of it one day. So I submitted. And for some strange reason Glyn Shull said he liked this story.

Seriously, TC2 is on the cutting edge of Christian Speculative Fiction. It is on a plane where the Glory of Christ Jesus and the twisted genius of speculative fiction meet. It is a free magazine where brilliant writers share their hearts and deepest stories. I am extremely grateful to be featured in their third edition.

How did you come up with your short story Suicidal Instinct (LOVE LOVE LOVE the title, by the way)?

Thanks, Lynn. The title was certainly a favorite of mine. Cliché as it sounds, Suicide came out of a dream. No concrete words or fully formed figures, just deep emotions spilling forth from two people. The story is a conversation with myself, a story mirroring the battle inside us all. The battle to punish ourselves for our wrongs, but Jesus has already taken our punishment. We can be free.

If you could give one piece of advice to a writer, what would it be?

Write everyday and delve head first into a writing community. These two pieces of advice were given to me. Once I followed them, my whole life changed.

Lynn, you have inspired me more than you know. Thank you for interviewing little ole me!

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AHHH, you’re too kind, KM. I was happy to interview you.

Okay, everyone, be sure to head over and read her short story, Suicidal Instinct, at The Cross and The Cosmos.

You can also find her at:

KM Wilsher blog

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By Darkness Hid, by Jill Williamson

By Darkness Hid PictureBy Darkness Hid, by Jill Williamson

Barnes and Noble Synopsis:

Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan’s owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince–more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan’s head cause him to fear he’s going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison–only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.

My Review:

I’m impressed with Jill Williamson’s writing. I’m not a HUGE fan of fantasy novels. Give me a good paranormal romance and I’m happy. But Jill’s ability to draw me into the characters compelled me to read on, and on, and on. I read it in one sitting. Okay, I took breaks, but in one day I’d read the entire story.

Achan was a fantastic character. I love those who are unlikely heroes. It makes them all that more appealing to me. She painted this character so vividly, I was immediately drawn into his world.

And there was a hint of romance too, which sufficed my need to read romances, but it wasn’t the central theme of the story. Just enough to keep me enticed.  ☺

Great read. I’d recommend it.

# Pub. Date: April 2009

# Publisher: Marcher Lord Press

(Per the FCC rule: I bought this book from Barnes and Noble, read it, reviewed it on my own.)