Local Denver author, Terry Kroenung, has penned Brimstone and Lily, a young adult fantasy novel that’s described as a swords-and-sorcery parody of Huckleberry Finn, but in this story there are pirates, ninjas, demons, combat pelicans, giant man-seating ticks, airborne Confederate cavalry, and even poop monsters. The plot revolves around 12-year-old Tomboy Verity and her talking sword Jasper. The two lead a life of laughs and frivolity and can’t take seriously the prophecy that names Verity as the “Chosen One,” until an all-powerful corporation of world-dominating sorcerers snatches her best friend, and then things change.
Kroenung published Brimstone and Lily through Rare Moon Press, and the novel was a finalist in the 2009 Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Speculative Fiction. This is the first book in the Legacy Stone series.
Kroenung said, “I started writing around 1967 and began with short stories and the occasional poem. I gravitated to decades of playwriting (produced in NYC), and am now embracing the novel.”
Book 2 in the Legacy Stone series is underway. Jasper’s Foul Tongue takes Verity and her smart-aleck sword to medieval Spain and Napoleonic France. Along the way she encounters Victorian submarines, amphibious Atlanteans, Greek Furies armed with muskets, combative animated windmills, a snooty talking basset hound, and yes, Kroenung admits, more poop monsters.
When asked if he had any advice for new authors, Kroenung said, “Develop a pachydermal skin, don’t take rejection at all personally (big agents get 10,000 inquiries a year), and back up your manuscripts on 3 different hard drives.”
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