Monday, December 15, 2014

The Founding of Foxwick - guest post by Cherie Reich

The Founding of Foxwick
by Cherie Reich

Gather around, children, and let me tell you the tale of how the Kingdom of Foxwick came into being.

Once upon a time, a publisher put out a call for an anthology about assassins. Ooo, assassins are pretty cool. They are usually pretty badass, and it could be fun to write a story for the anthology. The publisher had an interesting stipulation too. They only wanted the first five hundred words of the story before they’d consider reading the entire thing.

But what should I write about? Who was my assassin and who would he/she have to kill?

I selected a female assassin. There are a lot of male ones, so I thought a female would stand out. But who would she kill? Someone royal/presidential/etc.? Perhaps someone close to her. No, no normal human would do. I wanted something bigger. A story that would take notice.

She would assassinate Death himself.

Once I figured out why she would have to kill Death, then I needed a setting. This was a fantasy anthology, and they wanted a Medieval-esque world. I had no readily available world to drop the main character in. I searched some fantasy world naming generators to figure out a name.

Foxwick came up in the second or third search. Foxwick. I liked it. A lot.

Thus, the Kingdom of Foxwick was born with badass Princess Umbria as this particular short story’s main character. Umbria features in five out of the seventeen short stories in People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors, and she’s mentioned in a few others.

A call for a short story inspired a whole new world. And although the story “Lady Death” was short-listed yet not accepted into the anthology, I couldn’t be more grateful for the founding of Foxwick.

The kingdom hangs in the balance.

War threatens Foxwick on all sides.

The dreaded Shadowlands gains more souls. From the shrouded trees in Greymist Forest to the arid Blackden Barrens, monsters roam in search of their next victim. Sirens lure ships beneath Merrilea Sea. In cold and snowy Wintermill, royals plot to claim Foxwick as their own, even if they must use dragons and sorcery. Marriage between Foxwick’s king and Lochhollow’s princess creates a perilous alliance. Although brave Valdale will come to Foxwick’s aid, the cost may be more than a true friend can stomach.

Set over a hundred years, these seventeen fantasy short stories explore the people, creatures, and lands in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick.

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Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Once upon a Nightmare, a science fantasy collection titled Fall of Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is the vice president of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.


  1. Loved learning how you got the idea for your new book. Congrats on both of your new releases!

  2. It spawned a legacy of books! And a series you could write about for years.

  3. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Christine!

    Thank you, Natalie!

    I have a lot to be thankful for that call for stories, Alex. I have a new world I can play in for years to come.

  4. Congratulations Cherie! Sounds an awesome series!

  5. wow, I love that they are set over 100 years. Congrats, Cherie

  6. You're welcome, Cherie! I'm always happy to host you. :) Everyone should pick up this magnificent collection of stories. I'm rereading it again after many times and I'm still thoroughly enjoying it.

  7. Thank you, New Release Books!

    Thanks, Lynda! It was fun connecting the stories through that world's history.

  8. Good way to get a series, started Cherie. I like the concept of a female assassin.

    Waving at Christine.

  9. Loved learning how you got your idea for the book. I think the whole premise is cool!

  10. I love the idea of an assassin going after Death. It reminds me of the inciting incident of The Ramayana, when the evil Ravana picks a fight with Yama, the god of Death. It's awesome how that short piece turned into a whole series of stories.

  11. Thank you, Joy! If I hadn't seen that call for stories and came up with one, I doubt I'd ever have thought of Foxwick at all.

    Thanks, Sherry! :)

    It's a fun idea, Carrie-Anne, and it definitely gives the assassin a challenge.

  12. I love the way you started the series, with a call for a story that grew into a kingdom of stories. :)


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