FICTION: MORE REAL THAN REALITY and Giveaway by Elizabeth Fountain

 I woke up from a dream, a dream of two people conversing on a bridge. One said to the other: Will you be my chosen brother? And the second responded: Only if you’ll be my chosen sister.

In the dream, these two people were not of this world – they were from another planet.

That dream took place about five years ago, and the scene became the turning point of my first novel, An Alien’s Guide to World Domination, in more ways than one. It became the turning point of the story, and it became the turning point in my writing.

Before that dream, I was diligently writing the same story, as realistic fiction. And it sucked. It bored me as I wrote it. I was ready to tear it up and give it up, until I dreamt the aliens on a bridge scene. Suddenly the truth and humor of the story came right out. Aren’t we all aliens, in a way? Haven’t we all wondered where we’re really from, and why everyone around us seems so…different? Or is it us, are we the different ones?

It started me down the road of writing science fiction and fantasy. After that, it wasn’t just aliens who showed up in my stories – I found myself telling tales with genies, wicked spirits, self-doubting angels, talking goats; and even Death him- or her- or its- self, deciding to take early retirement, after experiencing the toll of helping so many souls transition from this life to the other world. My first novel for young readers speaks of a girl and her grandfather seeking the mathematical formula for immediate forgiveness. There are no magic talking animals in that one, but a black Lab does fart at a crucial moment, making sure the girl can save the day.

The more I write like this, the more I’m convinced it’s a better way for me to tell the truth than anything realistic would be. Time travel? We’ve all done that – just walk into the house you grew up in. Vampires? Oh yes, we know there are those who want to suck our lifeblood. Portals to different worlds? Of course; we just don’t realize we’ve traveled through them until it’s too late, and we find ourselves in a life we didn’t plan.

I love writing these kinds of stories, and telling the truth of human experience using humor, fantasy, and magic. After all, stories make a kind of magic, no matter what their genre – good stories take us out of our day to day life and bring us new experiences, places, people, even friends.  And everything in life is something a bit more than real, at least for the time we’re lost in a good book.

(Do you want to get lost in An Alien’s Guide, or some other magical tale? I’ll give an $5 gift e-card to one lucky reader who comments on this blog post! Be sure to include your email address so I can send your prize!)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Fountain lives in Ellensburg, Washington, in the heart of the beautiful and diabolically windy Kittitas Valley. She started writing in grade school; fortunately, most of her tortured high school poetry and song lyrics are lost to posterity. After careers as a counselor, faculty member, university administrator, and failed barista, she now teaches college courses, and writes fiction that captures the unintentional humor and weirdness of everyday life: Fiction – The Other White Lie.

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About the Book:
Available April 1, 2013
An Alien’s Guide To World Domination 
by Elizabeth Fountain
ISBN 978-1-77155-021-5

4_1 aliens guide coverWhen Earth’s future is in the hands of the last person on the planet who thinks humanity is worth saving, it’s lucky her dog knows what to do.

Louise Armstrong Holliday is the last person on Earth you’d expect to save the human race. But when she uncovers proof that her boss is an alien the color of lime Jell-O gone horribly wrong, and is at the center of a plot to destroy humanity, Louie decides to do exactly that. She begins a journey from her company’s suburban Seattle office park to the old cities and castles of Eastern Europe. Along the way, Louie is attacked by flying books, overly-sensitive bat-crow monsters, and her own self-doubts. She must learn the truth about her closest friend, stand up to her boss, confront her oldest enemy, and make peace with her Aunt Emma, who annoys her in the way only true family can. She also has to rely on Buddy, the little blind mini-Schnauzer who saves her life twice – and really is from Mars.



  1. Cool you could include your dream in the book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    I think An Alien’s Guide To World Domination sounds like fun. I’ve always loved Science Fiction and Fantasy and I’m glad you decided to stray from realistic fiction into those genres. I think they’re a lot more interesting.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  3. Thanks, Barbara! What makes sci fi and fantasy more appealing to you? I’d love to read more about your thoughts!

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