A   Azalea

I grew up in the California hills with my four siblings, building forts in the oaks. I remember the fuzzy-sweet smell of acorns and moss, the perfume of lupines and golden poppies. Instead of television we listened to the night-song of crickets and dreamed of our day’s adventures.

We hunted squirrels with bows, rode our wagon down our mountain, and roamed far and wide.

Homeschooled, I learned to read early. I read aloud to my brothers and sisters: the Classics, Narnia, Altsheler’s The Young Trailers, and science fiction and fantasy adventure. Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword enthralled me.

about_photoNow I enjoy growing things, old bookstores, and hiking the wild.

I have never found enough fantasy adventures with a sense of romance, beauty, and discovery.

So I wrote Falcon Heart and my other novels for readers who enjoy medieval and adventurous fantasy with threads of myth, romance, and mystery.

Words hold so much power. Read. Write. Enjoy them.

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I also enjoy the give and take of assisting traditional and Indie authors to craft their own adventures. If you like the power of shaping words, I look forward to helping show you how. See my Editing page.

Crossover: Find the Eternal, the Adventure.

Helpful Links for Reading and Writing Fantasy Adventure:

For upping fantasy adventure word-count: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Writing Life, by Rachel Aaron.

Read great fantasy adventure here: Lisa Tawn Bergren, River of Time series. And another fantasy adventure author, Rachel Neumeier. Or three:  Serena Chase, fantasy adventures. For more excellent reads see my “Great Reads” list on my Resources page.

Editing References

“Azalea Dabill has been an inspiration to me in her diligence to study and work toward her writing and editing goals. Her own writing displays depth of character and beautiful word pictures that transport the reader … to another realm. She is an asset to the Christian fiction industry.”

Jeanne Marie Leach
Author, Speaker, Freelance Fiction Editor, Writing Coach

“My experience with Azalea Dabill is that of a competent and gifted editor. Her guidance helped me move my manuscript from mundane to magnificent. Her spiritual and linguistic insight helped shape my story and kept me from making costly errors.

“… Once she established a format, I was better able to edit my work. Along the way, Azalea made many constructive and instructive comments which encouraged me to think outside the box, or in some cases, inside the head of my character. After all the edits were made, I pitched my story to a literary agent and it was accepted. Since then it has been submitted to major publishing houses for their review and I am confident it will soon find a home.

“… I highly recommend Azalea for anyone needing a critique, a gentle surgeon, a masterful technician of the English language and a friend to call upon her.”

Bryan M. Powell