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About the author:
J.M. Congdon was born and raised in the United States, and has never met either of his co-creators in person. An engineer by training, he began pursuing his passion for writing in 2016. Last Fables is his first novel.
What inspired you to write your book?
Last Fables all began with a fairly simple question: "What happens at the point where history and myth meet?" The idea was to explore what happens to a hero who straddles both of those worlds, a vulnerable being of flesh and blood with desires and failings who has been immortalized as a legend who makes the ground quake as he passes. My co-creators and I took that basic concept and fleshed out a world around it, trying to create the sort of fantasy book we ourselves wished to read. Something that had the sensibilities of a fable but was grounded with a thoughtful look at the protagonists and how they come together.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“Trying to kill me?” the Slayer asked.
His tone was weirdly conversational, as though he was completely unimpressed by nearly being burned alive.
“Do you think having magic makes you strong, rabbit?” he asked, “Does it make up for being so weak and helpless?”
Eni could feel that familiar pressure rising in her chest again, that same awful feeling that had first started in her adolescence and only grown stronger with each passing year. Her blood seemed to sing with it, to call out to be let free again. But when Eni spoke, it was with the words from her heart.
“No,” Eni said, and she dropped the pitchfork.