As a fantasy novelist, A.R. Marsh (aka Amy Marsh, Ed.D.) enjoys blending humor, magical realism, urban fantasy, whimsy, satire, absurd situations, and queer and paranormal relationships.
The Dire Deeds, Marsh’s first book in the Guild of Ornamental Hermits series, begins a rollicking, sprawling epic serving magic realness and urban fantasy in a quirky tale of queer mid-life magic, set in the lush jungles of rural Hawai’i. It’s a literary “thirst trap” of perilous quests, paranormal romances, outrageous predicaments, and endearing, whimsical characters worthy of your undying admiration and fan fiction.
Marsh is also a clinical sexologist and hypnotist. Ze has appeared as a sexological expert on Tyra Banks, Good Morning America, National Geographic Taboo, NPR, and programs in England and Australia, commenting on such topics as objectum sexuality, erotic hypnosis, and specific types of kinky relationships.
Zir book, Sex Squicks & 100 Other Things You Didn’t Know About Sex, is a partial collection of columns written for Carnal Nation, 2009-2010. Ze contributed three entries to The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis (2014), edited by Kimmel, Milrod & Kennedy. Marsh also contributed an essay, “Kid Chrysalis,” to Transitions of the Heart-Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children (2012), edited by Rachel Pepper.
Marsh, who goes by the chosen name of Avnas in zir personal life, lives in Oregon with seven cats. Ze enjoys witchery and other consuming special interests. Zir “Hermits of Hermitville”–and the Elves who love them–form an important part of zir “chosen family.” Ze hopes you adore these characters as much as ze does.