Lady Sakura, "Lady Sakura's Letters" (art by Jared Fiori)
The Realm of Words is a domain of magic where the mysteries of Heian-era Kyoto mix with elements of ancient China, Renaissance Italy, Revolutionary France, and Victorian England. At the center of the domain lies the palace of a Japanese madwoman known as the History Keeper, or Lady Sakura, whose poetry brings bounty and chaos to the world around her. She appears in my novel, Through This Gate, and in the short story, "Lady Sakura's Letters."
"Lady Sakura's Letters" is set in Heian-era Kyoto, and appears in the anthology STRAEON (issue 1) from Stupefying Stories.