We humans are fascinating. Especially when deep magic is involved. Obsession; love/hate; boredom: fantasy lit explodes our perception of what is.

Fantasy isn't just fast-paced plots and epic themes. It's not just griffons and wizards and village maidens with blood magic. It's not only life-altering commentary on what it means to be human: fantasy stories create a world-once-removed that let us exist beyond ourselves. 

Fantasy stabs us to the heart with the pointy end of the stick.

Talisen Fray is a pen name for Emily McIntyre, a coffee entrepreneur, martial artist, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. 

Favorite fantasy trilogy: Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster of Hed
Writing style: vomit, then clean up the mess
Completed (unpublished) novels: 5