The idea for Slice Of The Moon Books was first born nearly ten years ago, when I was studying creative writing at university, but it's taken up until now for it to really become something. I want to delve into where everything started, and talk about how SOTMB was something always tapping at my consciousnesses asking 'is it time yet?' but in another post. Today I want to talk about our first book, UTBURD which evolved from a one page poem into an illustrated short story.
If I can remember right, UTBURD (which was originally called That Which Is Taken Outside) was written in 2013 when much of my writing was inspired by tales from Scandinavian folklore. It then shape shifted into a short story which was supposed to be published in an anthology of folkloric tales...but the subject matter turned out to be a bit too 'frightening.
UTBURD kept quiet for a few years, while I worked on other things, but then I encountered the artwork of Italy born, Sweden based artist Alessia Brusco AKS Skogens Rymd. For weeks I wasn't able to stop thinking about her art and I found myself realizing that if anyone was going to help me help UTBURD to breathe as a short story, it would be her. Thankfully, she agreed to a collaboration, and here we are, a few months later, ready to release our short story to anyone bold enough to read it. If your curiosity is screaming for more, you can watch the promotional video down below.
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P.P.S. I actually interviewed Alessia Brusco about her art, and you can find the interview here.