When I first decided in 2013 that I was going to focus on getting my stories published again, I started out with some ideas I'd been kicking around for a while. Most of these have been published by now, showing that some ideas can be universal. My most recent publication, "The Soldier's Choice," is something I've had at the back of my head as a good world for a novel-length work. I've never written the book, but this idea has been calling to me for a while now, and I decided to finally put pen to paper. I'm glad I did. It turned out to be a lot of fun to write, and the characters I've been thinking about for over a decade have now finally seen the light of day. Maybe someday I'll write the full novel, but I'm glad to have let Shazia escape from my brain and onto the written page.
The story was published at the end of September at Swords and Sorcery Magazine, and I'm very grateful to editor Curtis Ellet for publishing it. It's in Issue 68, along with a fabulous story by Sam Beaven called "The Thirst of Untus." I hope everyone enjoys reading the issue!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over two hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Check out my 2024 writing challenge to write a book a week at Author Versus AI. For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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