The deepest wounds aren't the ones we get from other people hurting us. They are the wounds we give ourselves when we hurt other people.
I believe excellent fantasy reflects us all, and yes, it can use those myths that underpin societies, our subconscious yearnings and longings, and perhaps our barren spirituality.
First and foremost, I'm an oral storyteller - I'll make a poetic choice over a grammatical choice every single time.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to talk about the notion of child abandonment, of a mother not being a good mother, that's built into the mother who sends the babes into the woods, and they use the bits of bread or stones to come home again.
Sometimes success demands a certain refined insanity.