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The Stories In Between


Danielle Ackley-McPhail
 "The Devil You Don't"

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06-22-2010: interviews author Danielle Ackley-McPhail, contributor to the mixed anthology "The Stories In Between."

MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little something about the anthology, and your story."

Ackley-McPhail: "The Stories in Between is a thirtieth anniversary collection being jointly produced by The Fantasist Enterprises and Greg Schauer, the owner of the independent bookstore Between Books, located in Claymont, Delaware. This is a beloved venue with a very loyal clientele among both readers and authors. Those authors featured in the collection have all been guests at the bookstore for readings and signings and a variety of other events over the storeís thirty years of operation.

The Devil You Donít is an Alliance Archives adventure featuring Private Katrion Alexander and the 142nd Infantry, or Daireís Devils. It is the sequel to Carbon Copy, which was featured in the anthology Space Pirates (Flying Pen Press) in 2008. This is a special forces unit deployed to deal with pirate activity in their assigned sector. Both stories are a progression of that story line."

MilSciFi: "Is this story part of a large series or universe?"

Ackley-McPhail: "Well these and other stories are set against the background of the Alliance Archives universe sharing technology and terminology, though not always the same characters or organizations. In this instance I am examining the military structure of the reality, though other stories have dealt with the corporate structure, or even a combination of the two. All in all there are seven stories set in this universe: In the Dying Light (Breach the Hull, Dark Quest Books), Building Blocks (Barbarians at the Jumpgate, Padwolf Publishing), By Any Means (New Blood, Padwolf Publishing), Carbon Copy (Space Pirates, Flying Pen Press), The Devil You Donít (Stories in Between, Fantasist Enterprises), Zinn Mensch (Trails of Indiscretion Magazine) and First Line (So It Begins, Dark Quest Books). There is one unfinished piece currently in the works that is a continuation of Carbon Copy and The Devil You Donít. That doesnít yet have a home, but that is okay as I have more than enough on my plate at the moment. There is also an as-yet only planned story that will be a continuation of By Any Means. The proposal has been approved for consideration in the upcoming Space Horrors by Flying Pen Press."

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Ackley-McPhail: "I had enjoyed writing Carbon Copy and think of it as one of my best sci fi stories. The characters were engaging and amusing and I wanted to find out what more there was to their story, so when I was invited to write something for The Stories in Between it was the perfect opportunity to do so. Also, many of the people in the volume are known for their fantasy and horror so I wanted to distinguish myself by focusing on the science fiction, which is a particular strength of mine."

MilSciFi: "Do you have plans to expand upon, or write other works based on this story?"

Ackley-McPhail: "LOLÖI guess Iíve gotten ahead of myself as Iíve mentioned all of this above, but something I didnít mention is that eventually I will be expanding Carbon Copy, The Devil You Donít and my current work into a novel-length work. The novel will likely be called Daireís Devils and will more fully explore the storylines woven into the stories."

MilSciFi: "Do you write in any other genre?"

Ackley-McPhail: "I donít like to be pigeon-holed so I tend to skip around a bit so I donít get known for any one particular thing. I write science fiction, military science fiction, fantasy (in most of its variations), horror, and even poetry. They all require a different approach and mindset, but I like the challenge."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in the works?"

Ackley-McPhail: "Currently I am working on an urban fantasy novella in my biker faerie universe. It is called The Halflingís Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale and it is an expansion of two existing stories, At the Crossroads and Within the Guardian Bell, both of which appear in the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies now to be published by Mundania Press. I am also writing Todayís Promise the third book in my Eternal Cycle novel series and a new take on a vampire novel as yet untitled, but with the series title Blood Will Tell. And, of course, the above-mentioned sci fi novel. There are other projects, but these are the most immediate."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Ackley-McPhail: "A listing of my events can be found on I do have quite a number coming up, including Faeriecon (Nov 6-8, Hunt Valley, MD) and Philcon (Nov 20-22, Cherry Hill, NJ)."

MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."

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