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A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

 

The Grim and the Fantastic
by Marissa Miller
Genre: Children’s / Middle Grade Fantasy
The Grim and The Fantastic tells the story of Merton Clarke, and his journey battling a major illness, when a magical realm–filled with splendor and danger lurking in the shadows– reveals itself to him. There, he must face some terrible beasts in a battle to rid himself of his sickness. Along the way, Merton makes two new friends who must fight their own monsters alongside him. If they can defeat their beasts from the realm in battle, just maybe, they will win the battle against their sickness in the real world too. Together, they test their limits, and their understanding of friendship, grief, bravery, and, above all, the power of hope.
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected. The fantastical tale truly provides a whimsical place for children with troubles to escape to.
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Marissa Miller is an up and coming author, who has spent the last few years working on novels and children’s books. She currently resides in northern California with her husband, two little dogs (Alice and Diggory), and two cats (Burt and Winry).
Miller has been an aspiring storyteller since she was a young girl and began more seriously pursuing the art of writing in her teens. After a happy accident with miscommunication in 2017, Miller began producing illustrations to accompany her work; she now attempts to incorporate in her illustrative style with all of her works.
Miller’s first published work is the wonderfully imaginative children’s book, Chasing Figments. Following her picture book, Miller published an illustrated young reader’s book, The Grim and The Fantastic. Both books embody Miller’s brand, which is finding the splendor in one’s life, no matter the circumstance, and using imagination to overcome obstacles.
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Jessica and Briana co-authored Seeking the Storyteller an interview

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Ok Girls, how long have you been writing?

 

Jessica: I’ve been writing on and off for years.  I don’t remember my first story or when I started, but the earliest one I can remember with any detail was a fanfiction for Bucky O Hare and the Toad Wars back in the early 90’s, I might have written some horrible Star Trek stuff before that.

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Briana:  I have a clear memory of writing back when I was 9 years old.  It was a pop up book made with construction paper and crayons and featured farm animals.  I have no idea what the story itself was about, but I remember those details.  I’ve been writing on and off ever since, from fanfiction to what I write now.

 

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Jessica: I was born in Missouri but moved to Minnesota shortly after.  I’ve grown up for most of my life in Minnesota around the Twin Cities.  Currently I live in St Paul with my partner and sometimes coauthor.

 

Briana:  I was born in Chicago and grew up there or in the suburbs nearby for 18 years of my life.  I left home to go to Iowa State University, where I met Jessica online, and after graduation in 2006 I moved to Minnesota to be with her.  We live together in St. Paul right now with our cats and geeky things.

 

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

Jessica:  All ideas (more…)