Author Interview: ‘Spellcaster’ by George Bachman

About the Book:


In turn-of-the-century England, sixteen year-old Christine Daniel learns her life-threatening illness stems from her paranormal visions. During the London Season, Allie, her beloved sister and the family heir, seeks a noble match while she searches the occult underground for answers. But the only witch who can help will not do so unless Allie marries her beau, an impoverished aristocrat, so that the illicit pair can share Allie’s wealth.

What people are saying:


Magical action abounds in this well-written urban fantasy/steampunk adventure… We have past lives to explore, astral projections, incantations and magical battles, all from a first-person female protagonist’s perspective. It’s well-written, in a style reminding me somewhat of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. If you enjoyed that book or ones like it, you most certainly will enjoy this one. —

The novel is engaging. There are a lot of magical rituals which arouse different sensory experiences. There is a Jane Austen-ish feeling … initially that completely flips into an action fantasy. The narrative moves into different genres deftly. The battle techniques are frightening, exciting and exhilarating to read. (…) It’s amazing! (…) I would give Spellcaster 3.5 Stars and will implore all fantasy lovers to definitely read George Bachman’s spellbinding novel. — Kleio B’wti ©

…gripping … leaves your heart pounding… Christine is a fantastically written character, with relatable emotions… Set in Victorian times, it seems like the author has researched the time period well… Highly recommended! — Samie Sands,

Lots of atmosphere and attitude … and mystery, lots of mystery as Christine struggles with both her reality and her dreams until they blur together into a quest to survive. (…)  I absolutely loved Christine’s character, she had a quirky strength and headstrong feel that seems to put her ahead of her time.  — Tome Tender Blog


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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US


Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m a lifelong New Yorker who works in the software industry. I’ve always wanted to create worlds that don’t have to be bound by quite as many rules as real life.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

No. Just any time and place that strikes my fancy is fine by me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From anywhere, things I see and read mashed up into something completely new.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

That depends on the story. In the case of Spellcaster, I had a pretty complete outline from the beginning.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I would say I prefer fantasy and science fiction because they let you highlight familiar things about the world in ways that bring out their real strangeness.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I never have actors in mind when viewing my characters. Anyone competent and suitable would be fine by me.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Of all time: Shakespeare, Dante, Nabokov, Carroll, Cao Xueqin, Homer, Austen. Contemporarily: John Crowley, Mark Helprin, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Enrique Vila-Matas, Yoko Tawada, Claudio Magri.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

For the summer I’m reading Murasaki’s The Tale of Genji. Wonderful novel.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Complete Shakespeare. I agree with Nabokov that “The verbal poetical texture of Shakespeare is the greatest the world has ever known,” at least in English.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just write. If you want to do it, just do it. Find what moves you and let yourself be moved.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?


Twitter: @OfficialBachman


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