Specter Spectacular 13 Ghostly Tales

February 15, 2013 on 8:42 pm | In Article | No Comments

Kritina Wojtaszek

Ghost stories are always a hot topic at the library.  Lucky for the Sweetwater County Library one of the authors included in an exciting new book is a local library patron.  Kritina Wojtaszek has written an interesting story called Cinder which can be found starting on page 18 of the book Specter Spectacular 13 Ghostly Tales.   Be sure to stop by the library and check this

From her website:

My official Bio:
Kristina Wojtaszek grew up as a woodland sprite and mermaid, playing around the shores of Lake Michigan. At any given time she could be found with live snakes tangled in her hair and worn out shoes filled with sand. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management as an excuse to spend her days lost in the woods with a book in hand. She currently resides in the high desert country of Wyoming with her husband and two small children. She is fascinated by fairy tales and fantasy and her favorite haunts are libraries and cemeteries.
A Little bit more:
Growing up as an only child, imagination came out of necessity.  Picture a small girl lining up her My Little Ponies in battle formation on the lumpy, green carpet of her bedroom, little plastic dinosaurs gathered on the plateau of a dresser, ready to loose toothpick arrows at a single shout, a tiny She-Ra doll balanced precariously behind the bars of the heating vent, planning her escape from imprisonment all the while, then add in The Battle from the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia (the likes of which was playing in my little mind at the time) and you’ll get an idea of the “epic fantasies” I played out for hours on end.  Once I learned how to make words on paper, I was thrilled by my teachers’ reactions to the mini books I wrote for them.  My elementary school also encouraged writing by allowing students to “publish” stories.  Once every couple of months or so the entire gym was turned into a printing press where our stories were typed up, printed out, illustrated (via magic markers) and bound and laminated.  There they were, my imaginings come to life, forever written down in a book that I could show to the world…   

Years later:
After earning a B.S. degree I hardly used, I married.  Shortly after, I began a high security, psychologically advanced position which requires a higher level of education and training than I am qualified for, but I do my best.  Its formal title?  Motherhood.
Despite this intense, more than full time career, the stories continue building in my mind.  It seems to be a part of me I can’t tune out.  So, in a few spare moments between fishing toys out to the toilet, calculating dinner:desert ratios, playing hide and seek, and looking up the French word for “poop,” I delve into books with a voracious appetite and somehow find time to expand and revise the fantasies in my head. During special holidays (i.e. naptime and bedtime) I’m actually able put these stories into word documents. 

Out of this has come:

Cinder, a short ghost story found in Specter Spectacular:13 Ghostly Tales
Opal, my twisted version of Snow White in novella form
And so much more to come!

~ Kristina Wojtaszek ~

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