About the Book:
Magic exists …
Monsters are real ……
The fate of one may save them all.
In a world where magic is no more than sleight of hand, Dacia Wolf is an anomaly. Strange things happen in her presence, and the locals shy away from her. After setting her house on fire when she was six, even her parents fear her.
When Dacia leaves for college, she hopes her life is about to change for the better, but when her powers surface in class, she finds out she is part of a prophecy involving a demon hell-bent on taking over the world.
Dacia doesn’t believe in prophecies, but when she starts living her nightmares, she can’t help but wonder if she’s wrong. Can she learn to control her powers and save the world?
Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy… is the electrifying debut novel in the Dacia Wolf series. If you like magic and adventure mixed with a touch of romance, you’ll love Mandi Oyster’s spellbinding series.
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1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
My name is Mandi Oyster. I live in Southwest Iowa with my husband and two kids. I’ve been writing for most of my life. I started Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy about 15 years ago. I’d read the first three books in the Harry Potter series, and afterward, this scene kept replaying in my head. It was a girl walking through the fog. Diffused light shown down, brightening just enough for her to tell she was on a sidewalk. Someone screamed, and she ran toward the sound. When she arrived, she could see reptilian eyes staring at her and a body lying on the ground. This scene begged me to write it, and once I did, the rest of the story came to me.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
My favorite place to write is in the mountains, sitting by the campfire. A close second for me is lying in my hammock under the trees. Since I only get to the mountains a couple times a year at most, I write about anywhere: while my husband is driving us to and from work, while sitting on the couch with my kitties, at my breaks and my lunch at my day job, while I’m cooking supper, waiting to get my allergy shots, anywhere I can get some words in works for me.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I have always been fascinated with magic and mythical creatures, so I started with those. As far as the rest of my ideas, I almost have to say they come from my characters. Half of the time, I don’t know what I’m going to write until they direct me. I know that sounds nuts, but when I have a plan, my characters change it all up and lead me down paths I never expected.
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?
Sometimes, I think I do, but my characters don’t let me plot. I tried it a couple of times and gave up. It’s just a waste of my time.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My books are YA Fantasy – Magical Realism. I love to read fantasy because the problems in the book aren’t real world problems. They’re an escape from those, but you can still learn from them. When I started writing, I had young kids, and I wanted to write something they could read as they got older, and I don’t know that I’m cut out to write Adult. Maybe someday.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
That’s something I really don’t know. My characters are in their teens when the series starts, and I don’t know the actors that are that age. Just from her looks, I would say Francesca Capaldi as Dacia Wolf.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I do quite a bit of reading. I’ve read 18 books so far this year, and most of them have been Indie Authors. I’m trying to support more of the people out there like me. Some of my favorite authors are: Becca Fitzpatrick (she writes the best body language ever), Cassandra Clare (I love how the fantasy world overlays the mundane world), Melissa Marr (her stories make me want to read them over and over again), Sarah J. Maas (I loved how she could make you root for an assassin), Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles are amazing), M. H. Woodscourt (she wrote my favorite book of 2020), Naomi Kelly (her mermaid tale left me wanting more), Angelina Steffort (something about her books just touches me), JK Rowling (she made the Harry Potter world come to life; it felt like she’d actually been there and witnessed everything), Janet Evanovich (her books are laugh out loud funny), Susan Dennard (when I start one of her books, I can’t put them down), Patricia Briggs (she writes the best werewolves), Anne Bishop (I just love her world-building), John Flanagan (his books started as bedtime stories for his kids, and they’re fantastic), and Johnathan Stroud (a snarky demon, what more could you want).
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I started Enthrallment by Meg Evans on Friday, but I haven’t gotten too far into it. My 6th book is releasing at the end of the month, so I’ve been working on that and writing my 7th book.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
This sounds a little narcissistic, but Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy is my favorite because it made my dream of being a published author come true. There are too many good books out there to choose just one by another author.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Sit down and write. It doesn’t matter if it’s good. Get the words down on paper. You can fix them later.
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About the Author:
Mandi Oyster dreams of living in a world where dragons and unicorns abound. For now, she lives in Southwest Iowa with her husband, two children, four cats, and two chinchillas. By day, she works as a Digital Prepress Supervisor for a local printshop. By night, she tries to make stories come to life.