Fairy Tale and Middle Grade Fiction Author Debey Sklenar

Once upon a time, fantasy became reality...

Welcome! You have happened upon the official website of fairy tale and middle grade author Debey Sklenar. Here you can find out more about my books, Knue who Slew the Dragon, Love and Absinth, and Sycorax and the Sorcerer, as well as others I'm working on.

You can read a little of what I'm thinking on my blog and Google+, or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Check out First 100 Pages for a Q&A Interview about Knue who Slew the Dragon.

So sit back, relax, and let me tell you a story.

"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

--Albert Einstein

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a little baby girl was born. As she grew, Debey Sklenar dreamed of writing fairy tales. But an Evil Queen called Life saw what Debey was doing and wanted to stop her from writing any fairy tales of her own. Hence, the Evil Queen put a curse on Debey so that she would be distracted from writing fairy tales. And so, for most of her life, Debey was distracted with other things, such as reading and dancing and playing hockey, not to mention the fact that she eventually had to get a "real" job and start paying the bills. But deep down, she never forgot her dreams.

When she got to college, she took English classes in the hopes that someday her dreams of becoming a published author would come true. Then, one day, that dream did come true when Dance Teacher Now Magazine published an article Debey wrote in 1993 called "How Copyright Protects Your Choreography." But this success only made the Evil Queen all the more jealous, and she placed another curse upon Debey so that she became even more distracted with everyday life. As she worked harder and harder to keep up and pay the bills, she began writing less and less and less. She went through jobs as a Direct Care Aide and a Master Control Operator. On the side she became more and more distracted with dancing and choreographing. The Evil Queen called Life looked on from afar and was very well pleased with the results of her curse for quite some time. Until one day when Prince Charming came along. He told her that the Evil Queen could only win if Debey let her and inspired her to keep pressing onward and to follow her dreams. So Debey fought life back and wrote a fairy tale of her own. Thus the curse was broken!

Or so she thought. Little did Debey realize that the Evil Queen could also foil her plans by enlisting the help of King Time to take away what little time she found to write. She had to fight the curses with all her strength as she battled to continue writing fairy tales of her own. Finally she found a way to complete a trilogy of three intertwining fairy tales, now available in ebook format. (She also writes middle grade fiction; with a little luck, you might be able to find that at your local bookstore sometime in the future.)

Dragons, wizards, knights, princesses, love, chivalry and all sorts of courageous characters can be found in Debey's fairy tale writing. Myth has it that a pair of enchanted rings can also be found in one of her fairy tales. Another legend has it that Love was removed from the heart of the heart of the forest.

Still to this day, the Evil Queen continues to interfere by casting her curses. In response, Debey fights back by writing with what time she can find. And that happily ever after ending continues to get closer and closer and closer.

Knue Who Slew the Dragon

Once upon a time Princess Eve was held captive in the castle by the great dragon, Ruynne.

Many honorable knights of the Continent endeavored to rescue her, but all failed.

Knue knows what must be done, but lacks the courage to become an honored knight of the Continent, slay the dragon, and rescue the headstrong princess. Can he overcome his fear? And does Princess Eve, who has a mind of her own, even want to be rescued?

In this fairy tale fantasy, Knue's trepidation is not unfounded, for a determined wizard, a dangerous dragon, and a duplicitous duke all stand between Knue and the princess. And none of them want to see Knue succeed.

Will Knue discover within himself the valor he needs to overcome all of these obstacles and achieve a happily ever after ending?

Knue who Slew the Dragon is a novella told in a style similar to older, classic fairy tales. It is a complete and stand alone story. However, together with Love and Absinth and Sycorax and the Sorcerer, it comprises one of the fairy tales in a trilogy containing intertwining characters and scenes.

...And now Knue who Slew the Dragon is also available through the Boise Public Library's Biblioboard, too.

Love and Absinth

In the heart of the heart of the forest, Absinth falls in love with Love and they exchange wedding rings. But these are not just any rings. These are charmed rings that cannot be removed, even when Love's spell wears off. Or can they?

The Old Man of Eden is the one who enchanted the rings. Over land and sea, Love and Absinth search out the Old Man to compel him to remove his magical spell from the rings. Will they find the Old Wizard? Will they survive the perilous road fraught with danger? And if they do find the Old Man, will he remove the spell?

Join the journey in the tale of Love and Absinth.

Check my blog for periodic free giveaways of Love and Absinth.

Sycorax and the Sorcerer

In the beginning, Sycorax the Sorceress created the Continent, placing Love at the heart of the forest. Jealous of Sycorax's greater powers, her apprentice formed his own new land and called it the Island of Eden.

But he was not satisfied, so the Old Wizard then forged Ruynne, a fierce dragon, to attack the Continent and hold Princess Eve captive in the castle. Despite all of this, Sycorax still has a few tricks of her own up her sleeve.

Who will win the great war of the wizards?

Check out my blog for periodic free giveaways of Sycorax and the Sorcerer.

Coming Soon!

Critical Zone

Leonard would have been sure to win the local Critical Zone Centerville Challenge video game competition. Would have been. But 0wnzu is also registered for the competition and everyone knows he cheats. Can he be stopped?

Not only do Cai and Leonard have to battle the Adgrits trying to take over Tureis, but now they must find the true identity of 0wnzu and stop him from winning the Centerville Challenge.

Feel free to email me at dssklenar@gmail.com
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