I tend to write stories about women finding empowerment/discovering their strength, usually with a speculative element. This story is no exception. “Unfettered” first took life in your fairy tales, folk tales and world myths/ science workshop in the unit: The Firebird and Bioluminescence.
After I wrote this story in your class, I polished it and submitted it to two different publications, which ultimately rejected it. I then workshopped this story in Richard Thomas‘s Advanced Creative Writing Workshop and submitted several more times. After more changes, it finally found a home in Not all Monsters.
AUTHOR BIO: Leslie Wibberley lives in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada with her amazing family and an overly enthusiastic dog. She writes across multiple genres and age categories, but has a passion for dark, speculative fiction. Her work is published in multiple print and online venues. This summer, her middle-grade horror story: “Blinded by the Light” coming out in an anthology, Mother Ghost’s Grimm, a horror novelette: “The Poison Garden,: coming this fall out in an anthology, Perfect Potions, and a novella coming out at the end of 2020 featuring the Casket Girls of New Orleans. She has won awards for her narrative non-fiction work, for two of her ghost stories, and for a literary horror flash fiction piece.