For those who are interested in Fantasy/Sci-fi and YA/Children's literature there are two conference to think about in the future or if you can hightail it on a plane soon. Check the conferences out at these websites: SCBWI:
and Fantasy/Sci-fi: http://www.worldfantasy2009.

Also, there is an SCBWI conference being held in Salt Lake City, Nov. 13-14. Check out for more info.
Who is your favorite character in the fantasy, paranormal realms? Do you have more than one? If you are like me, I have several.

Is yours Harry Potter, Bella, Frodo?

I say yes to all of the above and more, but I think my most favorite, of course, is Arenthia and Jannell, because I live and breathe them every day of my life. I think, we, as authors all feel this way. We live with our characters 24/7 and love, nurture, and care for them. Some are our very best friends.
Gather music that will inspire you, go with the flow, and create a masterpiece on paper!

Good tip...

Keep a pencil and paper by your bedside. Some of your greatest ideas will come when you are in that wonderful place between sleep and awake.

Even in the fantastical realms you need to be true to the world that you have created. Stick within the parameters you have set up so that you don't confuse your readers.
What fantasy, paranormal, or magical books do you like, and why? Maybe I have read them, or maybe you can tell me why I should.
Since the moment I could make sense of the alphabet, put two words together, form even the smallest sentence, I was intrigued with the written word! Books are my passion, my life's blood. If you were to cut me open, I would probably bleed words and letters.

Never has it been a burden to crack a book. I loved school, loved learning, loved reading. Give me a good mystery, I'm there wide-eyed to the end. Give me a who-done-it, I'm hooked. Give me a heart wrenching romance and I'll sob with the best of them. True stories and biographies, you bet; historical novels, yes; comic books, love them; spy novels, bring them on; but dangle enchanted worlds in my face, let me live in the realms of elves, dwarves, wizards, and other magical creatures--- where anything can happen and anything is possible--- I'm sold for life.

As a child, I was terrified of my own shadow, painfully shy, socially inept. I was frightened of everything and everybody. All of the cliches of social blunder actually happened to me (and just to be honest, continue to do. I'm such a clutz in the interaction department), so it wasn't any wonder I turned to books. They became my best friends.

With books, I can escape the most painful realities, become whomever I want to be, and venture to the most wonderous places.

Books have been an amazing gift in my life. There have been so many characters I have identified with over the years. I have cried, laughed (even snorted, hiccuped, and belly-gut-hurt over), shook my head, shouted, and stomped my foot at. Some characters taught me to be courageous, some taught me empathy, many have taught me to laugh at myself, and still others have taught me that it's okay to be me.

So, it is my fondest wish that in some small measure the characters in my books will do the same for others.

***So why are you drawn to fantastical books, paranormal, magic, and enchantment?