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Muses in Moments and Noteworthy Narratives

artist: Sonya Englert @sonj_lert on Instagram

Welcome to my newsletter! Below you’ll find a delicious assortment of fiction and nonfiction content. Interviews, book reviews, publishing journey insight, and a number of short stories I’ve been working on. I will be releasing a newsletter once a month, so if you like reading short snippets of magic in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea, read on! Better yet, sign up to receive email notifications when I release new content.

Characters and the Party Dynamic: and Interview with Eliah Menchaca

November 2021 Welcome to my fourth Book Nook! Today I rolled a Nat 20 and had the honor of talking to Elijah Menchaca, author of They Met in a Tavern, an exciting whirlwind adventure about a party of “we used to be” heroes. We chat about writing different characters and how to create a functioningContinue reading “Characters and the Party Dynamic: and Interview with Eliah Menchaca”


Past Posts

Steampunk and Narrative Voice: an Interview with Elizabeth Chatsworth

September 2021 Welcome to my third Book Nook! Today I had the absolute pleasure of talking to Elizabeth Chatsworth, author of The Brass Queen, an incredible steam-punk fantasy with the best dialogue and metaphors I’ve read in a while. One of my favourite lines being: I do so love a story well told, and ifContinue reading “Steampunk and Narrative Voice: an Interview with Elizabeth Chatsworth”

Magic and Magic Systems in Fairytales: an Interview with Brandie June

July 2021. Welcome back for my second book nook! A space where I get to sit down and geek out with incredible authors about their books. Today I had the honor of chatting with Brandie June, debut author of Gold Spun (released earlier this year) about magic and magic systems in fairytale retellings. So boilContinue reading “Magic and Magic Systems in Fairytales: an Interview with Brandie June”

Mentor Figures in Young Adult Fiction: Guest Panelist at the ALA Annual Show

On June 24th, 2021 I was lucky enough to present at the CamCat panel at the ALA Annual Show. I joined Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion (jump over to my recent interview for more information: https://jordanhbartlett.com/2021/07/02/fairytales-retellings-and-ya-fantasy-an-interview-with-aamna-qureshi/), Bryan Prosek, author of A Measure of Serenity, and Christian Klaver, author of Shadows OverContinue reading “Mentor Figures in Young Adult Fiction: Guest Panelist at the ALA Annual Show”

Fairytales, Retellings, and YA Fantasy: an interview with Aamna Qureshi

July 2021. Welcome to my book nook! A place where I get to indulge my nerdy side and talk books with amazingly talented authors. Today’s guest is Aamna Qureshi, author of The Lady or the Lion which is coming out July 20th, 2021, and When a Brown Girl Flees which is coming out in 2023.Continue reading “Fairytales, Retellings, and YA Fantasy: an interview with Aamna Qureshi”

Away

Something a little harsher. Mild violence warning. A short story about escapism. This will likely be my last short story published here for a while. I have three incredible writing projects I’m so so excited about working on this year and between those and my day job- I don’t see myself having time for muchContinue reading “Away”

The Rose Petal Princess

This is a Fairy Tale written in a style to match (think Grimm Brothers rather than Disney). I’ve always loved fairy tales; loved the originals, loved the retellings, loved the animated versions. There’s such a beautiful magic that fairy tales evoke and the suspension of disbelief allows for wonderous things to occur (unless you’re theContinue reading “The Rose Petal Princess”

For a Moment, a Bride

This story comes from a place much closer to home than my previous one and is one that has always captured my imagination. I’m not usually one for ghost stories, but there’s something special about the ghosts in your back yard. Below is a short story about the Ghost Bride that resides in the BanffContinue reading “For a Moment, a Bride”

An Ocean Throne

This short story was inspired by the song Anne Bonny by Karliene and the subsequent research I did about the Villainous, Infamous, Pirate Queen. For those who don’t know, Anne Bonny is one of the most famous female pirates of all time. Her brutal final words to her lover are what drew me to herContinue reading “An Ocean Throne”