S. N. Arly

Speculative fiction author, weaving fantastic and magical tales, some with a bit of darkness, for adults and young adults.

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S.N.Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. Her short stories have appeared in, the single-issue World Fantasy Con chapbook Do Virgins Taste Better?, the anthology; Wolfsongs, and multiple issues of Tales of the Unanticipated(ToTU). In the last few years, she has moved from traditional publishing to the indie publishing model. Her two short story collections and the novellas are available in print and digital format through Lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Rakuten Kobo, and many other online venues across the globe. She is a member of the writers group Guts and Rocks. Her writing strength is character. Her weakness has historically been plot, though this has gotten loads better with lots of practice. Humor has been a tough nut for her to crack, but she's made progress on that front in the past year. At conventions she likes to talk about young adult fiction, writing combat, weapons, and writing craft. She is currently focusing on novels, the occasional short story her brain foists upon her, and sprinting challenges.

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Practice to believe
Practice to Believe

By S. N. Arly

No one sets out to be a villain, and in many cases this role is assigned by the storyteller, who may have been misinformed or carries her own bias. In the shadowy reaches of these eight stories, good and evil is not always clear cut, and initial perceptions can be misleading. Several of these short stories originate within a popular fairy tale prior to leaving the familiar path to explore new territory.

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Magic, Mischief & Mayhem: A collection of magical works

By S. N. Arly

Between childhood and adulthood lie the greatest adventures of wonder. The heroes and heroines of these seven stories embark on fantastical journeys of discovery and growth as they find out just who they are, what world they live in, and what their destinies are. Along the way, evil and not-so-evil obstacles stand in their way and magic, for better or worse, plays a major role in each of their adventures.

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Something Familiar

By S. N. Arly

Brigitte is a teen witch who is desperately ready to find her familiar. Jacque was an internationally-known teen model, but he's spent the last four months living as a stray cat on the streets of Paris. What could possibly happen when these two cross paths?

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