Avid4 Magical Realism

David M. Donachie


Hi there! My name is David Donachie. I’m a writer, artist, games designer, and programmer, living in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a garret I share with my wife, two cats, and a lot of reptiles. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil, but I’ve only had a few stories published. Recently I released my first book of short stories, The Night Alphabet. Angels become refugees after a war in heaven; a man discovers a gap to another world in a house he is renovating; memories wash up an island shore as seaweed leaves; a Detective is hired to search for himself. The Night Alphabet brings you twenty-six stories from the edge of night.

Kathryn Gossow


Kathryn Gossow has been writing and publishing short stories and flash fiction in a variety of genres since 2006. Her debut novel Cassandra was published by Odyssey Books in 2017 and has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

On a remote farm in Queensland, Cassie Shultz feels useless. Her perfect brother Alex has an uncanny ability to predict the weather and the fortunes of the entire family hinge upon his forecasts. However, her own gift for prophecy remains frustratingly obscure. Attempts to help her family usually result in failure. After meeting with her new, genius neighbour Athena, Cassie thinks she has unlocked the secret of her powers. But as her visions grow more vivid, she learns that the cost of honing her gift may be her sanity. With her family breaking apart, the future hurtles towards Cassie faster than she can comprehend it.

Robin Gregory


If you’d like to try magical realism (not pure fantasy, but realism with mystical elements), you might like my debut novel, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman. It’s on the literary side, sort of a gritty, Harry Potter Western, and with more depth. It has won 22 awards to far, ranging from YA to adult categories–including Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year. (awards on website).

Summary: Through friendship with otherworldly beings, a disabled boy discovers miraculous powers his kinfolk refuse to recognize.

Bio: Robin Gregory, author, screenwriter, and poet, studied Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Stanford Writer’s Workshop. She co-wrote the screenplay for The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, her debut novel, which is currently in development as a feature film. She lives on the California Coast with her husband and son.

David J. Naiman


Jake, Lucid Dreamer

12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up. Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.