The Wyrd and Wonder event has Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag as one of the quests. It’s a fun way to get to know each other a bit more. The tag was originally created for romance readers.

1. What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel)

I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t reading fantasy. In comics, I read Tintin, Asterix, and Donald Duck from a very early age. All of them could be considered fantasy (they’re certainly not realistic fiction).

I think my first fantasy book was either the Hobbit or Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising. They’re both certainly shelved in children’s section of the library where I got my books.

2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?

Hmm. This is a hard question because most fantasy main characters suffer a lot. But I’d go for Lois McMaster Bujold in her more recent Penric -type tale. I love many fantasy tropes, so it’s hard to choose just one. But I’ll go with “here comes the cavalry” type last minute rescue.

3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?

I haven’t actually read many fantasy books yet this year, but P. Djèlí Clark’s The Haunting of Tram Car 015 was an awesome book set in 1912 Cairo. Also, Trevol Swift’s Justicar Jhee and the Cursed Abbey is a fantasy cozy murder mystery set in an alternate world where humans aren’t the POV characters.

4. What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?

I’m not a romance reader, so paranormal romance doesn’t interest me. I also don’t care for grimdark.

It’s very difficult to pin down a favorite subgenre. It depends so much on the author. I love a good urban fantasy just as much as historical or fairy tales or high fantasy or steampunk. I also love a mix of science fiction and fantasy.

5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?

I have such a huge TBR pile that I have only one: Lois McMaster Bujold.

6. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations?

Through blogs and GoodReads. And events like Wyrd and Wonder!

7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?

Next Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye book!

8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?

Just because the writer is a woman, the book isn’t romance. Nor YA.

9. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

I would first have to know much more about what they like to read. Have they watched fantasy movies or tv-shows?
For people who usually read detective stories I’d recommend urban fantasy such as Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
For people who usually read historical fiction , I’d recommend historical fantasy, such as Judith Tarr’s Lord of Two Lands.
For people who like superhero movies, I’d recommend Trish Heinrich’s Serpent’s Sacrifice.
For people who like fairy tales, (or Once Upon a Time) I’d recommend Jim Hines’ The Stepsister scheme.
For people who like Fringe or Star Trek type alternate realities I’d recommend V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic.

10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?

I haven’t come across anyone recently, but no doubt I’ll find many from this event.