Now let's hear from Caren Rich, who contributed Mystery of Asgina Lake to the anthology.
Fantastic Creature: Lake Monster
Grumbles of doubt spread like melted butter as questions from patrons were tossed about. A sharp voice rose above the ruckus. "Stay out of the lake or die."
Do you remember the thrill of being scared? Walking up the front stairs of a haunted house only to ring the doorbell and run. Listening to a scary story told around a campfire while licking melted marshmallows off your fingers. A little fright can be a good thing.
Mystery of Asgina Lake takes place in a small Southern town. Two sisters set out to discover why fisherman are drowning. Add a little myth and a dark lake with a secret just below the surface and you have Asgina Lake.
The main characters are teenage twin sisters Ella and Lena, who I affectionately call the Jazz Sisters. No they don’t play in a jazz band, they were named after jazz singers. I knew teenagers would be the perfect ones to search out the secret in the lake. The best way to introduce you to Ella and Lena (and Asgina Lake) is to pass on the playlist.
Asgina Lake Playlist
-Cruel Summer by Bananarama
-Demons by Imagine Dragons
-If I Die Young by The Band Perry
-Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
-School's Out for Summer by Alice Cooper
-Hello (from the Dark Side) by Royish Good Looks
-Immortals- Fall Out Boy
-the theme song from Jaws- yes, really I went there
Caren Rich grew up in a small town in coastal Alabama. The swamps and bayous have fueled her imagination and inspired her writing. Her short stories may cross genres, but they are rooted in the history and culture of the South. You can learn more about Caren on her website. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on publishing news.
Here's What All the Excitement Is About!
Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?
Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won't stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing.
Perfect for the fantasy lover who can't get enough of mythical beasts.
And Now for the Grand Prize!
Kandi J. Wyatt
A. R. Silverberry
H. L. Burke
Jessica L. Elliott
Julie C. Gilbert
D. G. Driver