Into the Mystic, Volume Two came out today. This is the second time I’m celebrating a book birthday, and I’m doing so by telling you a bit more about my story in this anthology and setting up a giveaway so you can celebrate with me!
Here’s the blurb for my short story, The Holy Company:
Sophie curses the day she said yes to Anna’s idea of walking Saint James’s Way in Spain. She’s exhausted, and she doesn’t think she can keep her feelings for her a secret for much longer. But a day of rest soon turns into a nightmare when they come face-to-face with one of the local legends, and Sophie’s secret is no longer safe.
I had a lot of fun playing with this legend while writing. I’ve always found mythology to be fascinating, and I love discovering and learning about new myths and legends. This one wasn’t new for me, since I’d known about it even before I visited Galicia. But it was when I was visiting and walking around that I fell in love with the legend. More than one Spanish music group have written songs about this local myth, but I won’t bore you with those now – ask me about them if you’re curious, though!
When I started writing this short story something wasn’t working. I was eager to get to the part where the girls finally faced the legend, but the story wouldn’t flow. It was when I was 3k words in that I discovered why. I’d been writing it in third person and that wouldn’t do, since Sophie wanted to be the one telling their own story. So I went back and changed the POV, and the whole story came to life much easily that before. And then when I was halfway done Sophie decided to let me know she was demisexual, which made the story, and her relationship with Anna, made more sense. You can see this story was full of surprises for me, and that makes me hope it will surprise you too.
And now for the giveaway! I’m giving away a paperback copy of the anthology. Look at it; it’s gorgeous! Don’t you want one for your shelf? Entering is pretty easy: just comment on this post telling me about your favourite myth or legend. If you follow me on twitter (@LauraBailo) comment with your username and I’ll give you an extra entry. And don’t forget to add your email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll choose a winner next Monday, October 23.
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