Mythical Girls: For the Fantasy Fiction Lovers

Photo of an illustration by Lucy Harnett

11 stories, 11 fierce females, 11 different countries. Are you interested in jumping into their dynamic fantasy worlds? Then read on about a unique collection put together by a diverse group of authors, four of which reside in Kamloops, BC.

The man at the helm of the project is Alex McGilvery, writer, editor, and owner of Celticfrog Publishing. He has brought together a group of creative writers from near and far, from totally new to already published. Together the group has created a masterpiece of storytelling that takes the reader all over the world. The only thing binding their stories is one element: the lead characters are all females who use a magical object as their source of power.

I asked Alex how he came up with the theme for the collection:

“Remember when a young girl found a sword in Dozmary Pool, kicking off a storm of comments suggesting she was the next Queen of Britain? Six months later another girl found a sword in Norway, recalling the story of the Brandenstock Oak (the nordic version of the sword in the stone.) I got to wondering, what would happen if girls around the world started to find mythical objects? How would they impact the girls’ lives, and even the rest of the world?

I’m more excited about putting Mythical Girls together than having a story in it, though that’s fun too. This is the first real attempt at publishing for Celticfrog Publishing, and I’m glad it is one which helps others be able to put ‘published’ in front of their ‘author’.

I wrote Aggie’s Sword with the idea of different forms heroism can take and how small things make a difference. It is set in Britain.”

Blazej Szpakowicz is the author of The Knife in The Stone. His heroine Nix doesn’t find Excalibur, but something more useful to escape her life in post-apocalyptic London:

“My story is sort of urban fantasy, cyberpunk. I love the concept of the anthology and am proud to be in it. I strongly favour female protagonists in my work — there’s still nowhere near enough of them (especially in genre fiction), even though girls can obviously be just as kickass as boys.

My heroine isn’t cisgender, so I suppose it’d be nice for the reader to come away from the story with an appreciation that ‘girl’ is a wider concept than they may have thought. Mostly, I just want people to enjoy the story, characters, and world.”

James Rickett is the author of Skyvale. His heroine Lindy finds a forbidden magic bracelet, and dreams of becoming a hero. The story takes place in a fantasy world:

“Writing fiction is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I’ve never been motivated to get serious about it until recently. I think the catalyst was seeing my daughters’ writing projects, and also realizing I’m not getting any younger.

One of the main themes of my story is that power corrupts, sometimes in small and unexpected ways, but that was something that developed during the planning stage. My main goal has always been to tell a fun, cute story that will hopefully entertain readers.”

Jacob Rundel is the author of Sierra and The Bow of Golden Rays. His heroine Sierra is chosen by Apollo to fight with his Golden Bow against an ancient evil. It is set in New York City:

“It’s about time we show all children everyone can be a superhero. I want the world to know there are people who believe in equality.”

Jessica Renwick is the author of The Witch’s Staff. Her heroine Heather is placed in a position where she is forced to not only make some interesting decisions between right and wrong but to learn her own self-worth as well.

“As soon as I saw the posting for submissions for this anthology, I wanted to be part of it. I write middle-grade fantasy novels with strong heroines, so it felt like the perfect fit. It’s important to have stories about young women conquering their fears and taking on leadership roles. I’m proud to be part of a project like this that will inspire girls in such a fun, adventurous way.”

Other story settings in the anthology are ancient India, Oregon, Iran and Burma.

Photo of an illustration by Lucy Harnett

Four of the 11 stories are written by Kamloops authors, support by going to where you can get an ebook, paperback and other perks. The projected release date for Mythical Girls is June 2020.

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