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S. N. Arly

Speculative fiction author, weaving fantastic and magical tales, some with a bit of darkness, for adults and young adults.

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S.N.Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. Her short stories have appeared in Fearsmag.com, the single-issue World Fantasy Con chapbook Do Virgins Taste Better?, the anthology; Wolfsongs, and multiple issues of Tales of the Unanticipated(ToTU). Two short story collections (Magic, Mischief & Mayhem and Practice to Believe) and the novella Something Familiar are available through Lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Rakuten Kobo, and many other online venues across the globe. Her novels have appeared on her printer, her desk, and occasionally her floor. She is a member of the writers group Guts and Rocks. Her writing strength is character. Her weakness has historically been plot, though this has gotten loads better with lots of practice. Humor has been a tough nut for her to crack, but she's made progress on that front in the past year. At conventions she likes to talk about young adult fiction, writing combat, weapons, and writing craft. She is currently focusing on novels, the occasional short story her brain foists upon her, and speed writing challenges.

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Updated Oct 31, 2019 · 7,099 words (26 minutes) · 304 views

Fantasy magic Mythological creatures Angst with a happy ending Ethnocentrism Ethnophobia

Adric is a teen vampire living in the Midwest. When things go wrong at home, he moves in with family and tries to put himself back together. With the help of a Romani girl with an unusual magic, he just might be able to restore his balance and sense of self.

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This trip was interesting because my sleeping arrangement didn’t workout, so for a week I slept on a random dorm mattress, and used my camera bag as a pillow.

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Accidental Magic - Sneaking Off

Updated Sep 26, 2019 · 6,321 words (23 minutes) · 63 views

Fantasy magic young adult werewolf Young Adult Fantasy

Laura is a thirteen-year-old girl who spends the summer before starting magic preparatory school trying to learn some magic, make some friends, and figure out what exactly happened to her parents. * * This is an excerpt from Accidental Magic, the first book in a series I started after my writers’ group pointed out that my default writing voice was particularly suited to the young adult fantasy genre. Accidental Magic should be out some time in late 2020.

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Something Familiar - Chapter 8-34

Updated Sep 14, 2019 · 43,414 words (158 minutes)

Fantasy Witchcraft contemporary Shape-shifter magic young adult teen urban fantasy Paris

The continued adventure of a runaway shape-shifter’s quest for a safe home and a teen witch’s search for a familiar. Chapters 1-7 are available for free - https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2151-s-n-arly-something-familiar-chapters-1-7 Chapters 8-34 are available for purchase or free for subscribers.

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Something Familiar - Chapters 1-7

Updated Sep 14, 2019 · 9,498 words (35 minutes) · 972 views

Fantasy Witchcraft contemporary Shape-shifter magic young adult teen urban fantasy Paris

Follow a runaway shape-shifter’s quest for a safe home and a teen witch’s search for a familiar. These are the first few chapters of a novella that came out in late May 2019. If you enjoy these chapters and want to read the rest, you can find it here: https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2533-s-n-arly-something-familiar-chapter-8-34 , free to subscribers and $3.00 for everyone else.

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The Good Doctor

Published May 8, 2019 · 1,479 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 196 views

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For several years one of my jobs involved helping new doctors complete death certificates. I also typed and submitted them for doctors who’d been doing this a while. This story came from some of the conversations we had.

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This was captured well waiting for the doctor who was busy at the time

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A Gift of Sky

Published Apr 25, 2019 · 7,603 words (28 minutes) · 1 like · 193 views

Fantasy young adult Young Adult Fantasy Elemental magic

The sky folk live in grand tree houses in the great forest. Even as young children, they can understand the winds and soar into the sky with no need for wings. Thirteen-year-old Shya isn't like her brothers and sisters, and the tribe treats her as an invalid, a child cursed with a weak third spirit. A visit from a traveling band of fire folk brings the promise of change and hope.

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Transgenesis Meeses

Published Apr 13, 2019 · 2,692 words (10 minutes) · 1 like · 176 views

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Inspired by an infestation of mice in my house and a PETA raid on a University of Minnesota Alzheimer’s research lab in April 1999. I’m Pushkin, keeper of the chronicles. I will teach you young ones just as I remind the older ones. It’s my responsibility to keep the records accurate, untainted by fear, unclear memory, or nostalgia. I recount the saga as it was taught to me, and add to it in my turn.

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Autumn

Published Apr 5, 2019 · 2,049 words (8 minutes) · 199 views

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An elder dryad passes on her wisdom to her much younger (and slightly foolish) neighbor.

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Dragon Tale

Published Feb 15, 2019 · 2,273 words (9 minutes) · 204 views

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On a hot summer day, a dragon encounters a maiden and a knight in the forest. But neither dragons nor knights are quite as the tales depict them.

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Der Erlkönig

Published Feb 6, 2019 · 2,659 words (10 minutes) · 1 like · 267 views

Fantasy mythology magic The Fae

In the shadows of Schwartzwald, the Black Forest, lived a powerful king known as Erlkönig, King of Alder. He stood over seven feet in height and was easily as majestic as any tree in his domain. His robe was the blue-gray color of mist. On his head he wore a crown of leaves, of a kind never found on any tree, perpetually held in the bright tints of autumn.

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