In my teens, I was a big fan of horror and fantasy. I only ever read Christopher Pike, R L Stine, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I wrote short horror stories too – I remember on one occasion, my English teacher got really angry at me, because I submitted a piece of coursework and she thought I’d plagiarized it because she said it was too good for a twelve year old to have written! I was peeved off myself, of course, at the accusation, but flattered too. The story was about a boy in a house that was haunted by the ghost of another boy who was wheelchair bound – he would hear the wheels squeaking on the floor above, and later found out that the mother of the child had drowned him in the bath because he was disabled. I suppose, in hindsight, the story is a bit derivative, but I genuinely had come up with it all by myself!

Nowadays, I mostly read literary novels, though I still indulge myself with my old fantasy favourites – Lord of the Rings, and of course, being a former Archaeologist, I love the Greek and Celtic myths. This is a book I picked up in Crete five years ago.

reading Jason and the argonauts

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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