Kurtzhau (now aged 11) had asked me what I put into my story for Janet Morris’s Dragon Eaters anthology, and now he’s listening with a twinkle in his eyes.
In truth, it was my first paid for Fantasy story. Despite my own genre roots, my entire professional CV marks me as a Historical novelist. For this reason, I threw everything I had at this little story. Fortunately, with the help of Janet who is an awesome editor, the thing worked, and better yet I think I learned how to do it again.
Perhaps it was what a mate calls “stunt writing”. However, I was also marking my territory to prove to myself I could write this stuff. Except…
I clap my hand to my forehead. “Damn. I forgot to put in werewolves!”
“Oh Dad,” says Kurtzhau. “Don’t you think you put in enough tropes?”
“Oh Kurtzhau,” I shoot back. “Doesn’t it concern you that at eleven you can say that sentence and know what it means?”
He just looks at me.