We have a new contributor here at UFLand: Lisa Trevethan! Let’s give her a big, warm welcome!
Here’s Lisa’s story:
I discovered Urban Fantasy/Mythic Fiction through War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. It was the first book I’d ever read that brought the world of faery
into a contemporary urban setting. From there, I moved on to DeLint and
Hamilton (actually started with Merry Gentry series first and moved on to
the Anita Blake series later) and it has just snowballed from there. I am
constantly reading something and there are books that I will re-read with
some regularity because of the way they make me feel. And that is key
with me. The book needs to make me feel something.
It is a genre I never tire of, whether it’s faeries, vamps, shapeshifters
or real people thrown into extraordinary worlds or situations. It never
ceases to amaze me where a writer’s imagination can take them and how new
life can be breathed into what some people might say is a tired out
mythos when seen through different eyes. I think it’s an extraordinary
accomplishment to create a story that makes the unbelieveable, believable.
Some of my favorite authors are in the heavy hitting H’s: Hamilton,
Harris and Harrison. I’m also very partial to Rachel Caine, Patricia
Briggs, Faith Hunter and J.R. Ward (I’m a series slut, I can’t help it).
I don’t think Urban Fantasy or its sub genres are going anywhere for a
good, long time. As long as they are kicking out good reads, I’ll stick
around to read about it, talk about it and write about it.