D.Y. Freeman (Ynes) is an award-winning gothic author. Her work is beautiful, intense, and explores both beauty and darkness. She sees the arts as the key to immortality and believes artists live forever through their work, casting fishing lines throughout time and history, inspiring and changing the lives of people they will never meet. Ynes is the mother of a brilliant little boy and aims to pass on her love of the arts and the importance of independent thinking. Her wish is for all creatives to believe in themselves and that their stories are worth telling. Under a variety of pen names, Ynes’s work has appeared in Everyday Fiction ezine, Primal Elements (a poetry collection), The Order of Us (a Moms Who Write anthology), Dragons Within, and other anthologies. Ynes’s debut novel (Beautiful Serpent, Restless Embers) will be published in Spring 2024. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website, beautifulserpent.com.