Gretchen E K Engel

Tales of Ever After – “Being Seen” Inspiration

Tales of Ever After – “Being Seen” Inspiration

The blog tour for Tales of Ever After is over, but I’m doing a little bonus, some of the inspiration behind my short story “Being Seen.” H.L. Burke is one of my favorite authors, so I jumped on the chance to write a fairy tale themed story for her Fellowship of Fantasy’s fourth anthology. My […]

Review Tales of Ever After 2 for 1

Review Tales of Ever After 2 for 1

Today as part of the blog tour I’m reviewing not one but two stories from the Fellowship of Fantasy’s latest anthology.  The person who leaves the most comments across the blog tour will receive the chance to read special sneak peaks from several of the authors’ upcoming works! My first review is of Emily Martha […]

My Realm Makers Experience

Last week I spent several days with my family Indiana. Realm Makers is a different kind of family time. People with whom I share no blood but are bonded by a common faith and love of the written word. And much of the conference is about relationships for me. Each year as I attend, there […]

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel Zippy Longtail and I are off to Realm Makers. Our journey began last Monday after work. Zippy took a half day from his job interpreting extraterrestrial satellite transmissions from the Very Large Array (VLA) satellites near Socorro, NM and came to my house so we could leave a bit early […]

Short Story Review: Drawn from the Water by Marian Jacobs

Short Story Review: Drawn from the Water by Marian Jacobs

I enjoy a good Bible story retelling and Marian A. Jacobs’s Drawn from the Water did not disappoint. It’s solidly written and was both familiar and fresh. What I enjoyed was the similarity in setting. While the story is obviously science fiction with a land with multiple suns, advanced communication, and a world not our […]

Interview: Mollie Reeder

Last year at Realm Makers, I met Mollie Reeder, and we chatted about everything from steampunk to dinosaurs. I found out about her debut novel The Electrical Menagerie and read a couple of short stories related to it. I kind of fell in love with Sylvester and Huxley and the story world. I read an […]

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

This is an update of a post from May 2016 and is the counterpoint to my blog post from last week, “Don’t Let Your Girls Grow Up to Be Moms“. I love Carolyn Arend’s “Altar of Ego”. It’s a song whose lyrics I need to think about often. Last week’s post was about the emphasis placed […]