Who is Kally? Aka Kally, aka Kallysti, author Stephanie Ciofalo is one of the FantasyFic writers. I should say she is one of the very talented FantasyFic writers and also one of the administrators at the FantasyFic.com site. I am also proud to call her a colleague.
Kally is really an amazing person. She has more energy than a pack of chimpanzees and a most delightful sense of humor. Add those to her writing talent, and you have a woman driven to write (which means she will be successful) and yet is still able to laugh at herself.
This lady, a fantasy fiction writer, has invented a world that is unique. I have never seen anything closely resembling it in any literature I have read. Mind you, I haven’t read even all the classic fantasies, never mind contemporary ones, but I still think I would have heard of a world like this during shop talk. She has peopled it quite naturally with the most interesting men and women (and children) you would ever hope to meet. They are natural and true to their own culture in a way that is masterfully overseen. No, I don’t mean author intrusion; I mean making sure that the reader’s willing suspension of disbelief is never broken.
I don’t want to tell you about this world, because that is Kally’s province, but believe me when I tell you this lady just might hit the bestseller list with at least one of her books in the series she is writing. Just my opinion, but I’m keeping an eye on her.
The unusual thing about Kally is that she didn’t start out to be a writer. She didn’t think she had that much skill at it in the beginning and went to college to get a geology degree. Then when she started playing EverQuest, then EverQuest II, she started writing fan fiction about her character in the game and the characters of her friends. This is how she met her husband, and they had an interesting courtship online by writing these stories together. People liked them (the stories, I mean – although they liked Kally and her hubby-to-be as well).
Encouraged about her writing, Kally joined FantasyFic in 2007 and proceeded to blossom (writerly-wise) like a magic rose under the summer light of two suns (her world has two suns, I believe). She wrote material that just blew me away. Of course, I encouraged and helped her. She was one of those delightful writers that is polite about critiques and suggestions. (When I was editor at Warcry and Silky Venom, I would only critique if people asked me to – for safety reasons :P). For Kally, however, there was no looking back.
If you’d like to see some examples of her writings, visit her at her site, Stephanie’s Stories, where she is currently talking about the things she has written.