Title: Wizard Girl (Daughter of Magic Book 2)
Author: Karen Eisenbrey
Publisher: Not a Pipe Publishing
Genre: Magic / Fantasy / Sorcery Fantasy
About the Book:
Girls can’t become wizards, but Luskell aims to do it anyway. She leaves the city on her quest … with a murderer close behind. Now she must repair damaged friendships and trust an unexpected ally if she’s going to stop the killer before he strikes again.
While an epidemic rages and a strangler stalks the streets of the city, Luskell trains and works as a healer, but she aspires to greater power. Though everyone knows girls can’t become wizards, she persuades Wizard Bardin to make her his apprentice. Luskell leaves the city on a quest for new magic and to explore mysteries that have more to do with love and desire. But the strangler follows her. She must gain the trust of old friends and an unexpected ally if she’s going to stop the murderer before he strikes again.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I am an author and musician living in Seattle, Washington with my husband, our two young-adult sons, and two mature-adult cats. As far back as I remember, I always loved stories. I was excited to learn to read for myself, and amazed that learning to write would include writing stories. That was always my favorite schoolwork, and I decided as a teen that I wanted to be a novelist (if I couldn’t be a rock star). I held onto that dream even though I discovered after college that, as much as I wanted to write fiction, I didn’t have any good story ideas (I wrote 2 bad practice novels that proved this). I finally got going in my mid-30s and filled my hard drive with unpublished novels. My first short story was published 15 years later and led directly to my first published novel a few years after that. Now some of that back catalog is finally being released!
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
The time is more pragmatic than favorite. In the beginning, I wrote at night after my then-small children were in bed. Later it was during naps, then in the afternoon between lunch and school pick-up. Now I write in the afternoon because I work 4 mornings a week and on the other day, I have a week’s worth of chores that I prefer to get out of the way before I settle down to write. I’ve found I can write pretty much anywhere but I prefer my very cute (if untidy) little room with windows on 3 sides, where I can watch birds and squirrels if I need a distraction.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I used to say Sears. Seriously, though, ideas are everywhere, waiting to be grabbed, and the more of them you use, the more you will have. My first book that was worth working on began as a very brief dream that featured 2 wizards and 3 plot twists. (That ended up being a 4-book series that eventually spawned Daughter of Magic, which was published in 2018, and Wizard Girl, coming in July 2019). Another came out of a comment from a 6-year-old, another from my brain clicking when I learned of a relationship between Mars exploration and Antarctica, another from a STORAGE sign with a burned-out O. Ideas are everywhere.
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?
At first, I would take whatever little idea I had and just start writing, discovering the story as I went along. I still do that but with more advance planning. I try to sketch out a very rough synopsis of what the story might be to get an idea of who the characters are, what the conflict is, and where things are headed. I still have to discover a lot through the actual writing, but it helps to have a roadmap for when I get stuck. I’ve had books where I didn’t know the ending till I got there and others where the ending was all I knew for sure.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Wizard Girl is, as you might guess, wizard fantasy. I have another series that is comic urban fantasy, and a lot of as-yet unpublished science fiction. I fell in love with speculative fiction when I was young—if it had magic, superpowers, space travel, time travel, I was there. For a long time, I wasn’t sure I had a good enough imagination to write it, but once I started I couldn’t stop! I think part of the draw besides a captivating story is that kids feel powerless: you’re small, no one takes you seriously, everyone tells you what to do, you can’t drive or vote, you don’t have money … but maybe tomorrow, your Hogwarts letter will come or you’ll be bitten by a radioactive spider or you’ll wake up tall and strong. These genres where impossible things are possible end up being empowering, to read and to write.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
I’m not familiar enough with current movie actors to name many names. My main character Luskell is of mixed heritage in her world, so a mixed-race actress who is part Native American would be ideal. Meryl Streep could be her grandma because who wouldn’t want her in their movie?
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I don’t read as much as I’d like to because that would take up writing time. I wish there were three of me, one to write, one to read new books, and one to re-read old favorites. I love Ursula K. LeGuin, especially The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea books. I like to say she made me a writer. Other faves among well-known authors are Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, and Jim Butcher. I read loads of work by indie authors these days, my favorite being an inventive fantasy novelist named Angelika Rust, an Austrian living in Germany who writes in English.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
No Place Like Home by Angelika Rust. This is the 4th book in her Resident Witch series and it just came out in May. (Full disclosure: I have beta-read every book in this series and it’s always exciting to read the finished version.)
9: What is your favourite book and why?
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. It’s a beautifully written thought experiment that turns the whole notion of gender on its head while telling an exciting, emotionally honest story about what it means to be human.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Stop thinking and get writing! Don’t expect to get rich, don’t expect to get famous, and find other writers you can interact with. That might be through classes, a formal organization, a critique group, an online community, or something else. Writing is mostly solitary but we’re all going through it together so we might as well sound off to each other and read each other’s work. And stay alert for opportunity when it hops onto your lap and starts to purr.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
My blog about band names and books: www.kareneisenbreywriter.com/blog
Quarterly author newsletter “The Storypunk Report”: www.kareneisenbreywriter.com/newsletter-signup
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KarenEisenbreyWriter
Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I2BEAO6
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About the Book:
Her parents may be the two most powerful wizards in the country, but Luskell doesn’t have any magic of her own, so she’s stuck spending a summer with her grandmother in the small town of Deep River where her father is the hometown hero. Then the dead start to visit her dreams with mysterious messages. In a secret pact with her friends Jagryn and Laki, Luskell begins to teach herself magic and discovers an apparently bottomless well of untapped power. But before she has control over this ability, her dead grandfather appears with a dire warning. With no way to send word to her parents, Luskell and her friends mount a daring rescue. Can they get to the capital in time to save the country … and her parents’ lives?
What people are saying:
“Beautiful yet thrilling …Brilliant!” -Heather S. Ransom, author of Going Green
“An impressive fantasy. If the love child of JK Rowling and Tom Clancy were raised by Leslie Marmin Silko, she would grow up to be something like this book.” – Jason Brick, author of Wrestling Demons
“Touching, tender, and blazing with brilliance, Daughter of Magic is a coming-of-age story that fans of Carol Berg’s The Bridge of D’Arnath series will adore.” – M. K. Martin, author of Survivors’ Club
“‘Tonight we’ll fly and be heroes.’ Daughter of Magic is a wonderful tale of power, secret and exposed, set against a rich landscape in a world where the past rises up to overwhelm the present.” – LeeAnn McLennan, author of The Supernormal Legacy series
“Daughter of Magic is a heart-wrenching tale of loss and betrayal, filled with compelling characters who must cooperate and embrace the terrifying truth of who they are or face the destruction of the world and peoples they cherish.”
“In a world where magic is rare and regulated, there are high expectations for Luskell, the daughter of two powerful wizards. Turning her back on her heritage and the city full of intrigue, Luskell finds temporary tranquility in the gentle land of her childhood. Her peace is shattered when she discovers the plot to kill her parents and destroy the hard-won harmony between the different peoples. Racing against time and the looming specter of death, Luskell must embrace her talents and work with the budding magicians of other lands to save her parents and their world or risk the annihilation of everything she holds dear.” – Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone
About the Author:
Karen Eisenbrey lives in Seattle, WA, where she leads a quiet, orderly life and invents stories to make up for it. Although she intended to be a writer from an early age, until her mid-30s she had nothing to say. A little bit of free time and a vivid dream about a wizard changed all that. Karen writes fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as short fiction in a variety of genres and the occasional song or poem if it insists. She also sings in a church choir and plays drums in a garage band. She shares her life with her husband, two young adult sons, and two mature adult cats.