I'm the mother of four great kids that have all joined the fandom life with me. We can talk about Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, and several other shows and books for hours on end. Perhaps that's one reason I started writing. I love how a good book, show, or movie can bring people together with hours of conversation. For me, the sillier the better! I also write as a form of therapy and escape. Those two may not sound like they go together, but it's easier for me to deal with my fears and insecurities inside a world of my own creation.
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I just finished reading The Magic Awakes and really enjoyed it. This was your debut novel, correct?
Yes, this was my first novel. Although, it isn't perfect, it's the story that saved my life. After a traumatic experience I battled years of depression. Talia's story is what helped me cope and eventually dig my way out. I figured if she could become a successful scientist, in spite of what I would consider debilitating nightmares, then I could get dressed each morning and live my life as well.
This is one of the first books I've read that really intertwines science, space opera, fantasy, magic and dragons all in one. Was it difficult finding a way to blend and balance those together?
Strangely, no. Before I was a writer, I was a reader. I love science fiction, space opera, dragons, and magic. When I write, every book I've ever loved comes through. Since I don't read one genre specifically, I find it hard to write strictly in one genre. My goal with this series is to continue to build on each of those elements. This first book is more about the magic. The next will bring in more science to balance the magic. Eventually, I'll add the third element of religion. Here's a quick blurb for the series as a whole.
Science, magic and religion--always at odds with one another. What if they originated at the same source?
The way The Magic Awakes ends, it leaves the door open for many more stories and books about Talia, Landry and the world of Sendek. Especially, the repercussions of magic coming back into a world that had long forgotten it existed. Are there more stories to come?
Yes! There are three more planned books in this series. The second is currently with my editor, slated to come out sometime in 2016. The working title is SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE, but that may change before it's released. The second book in the series will start to detail how the introduction of magic to their scientific society causes ripples that quickly create waves.
And I know everyone wants to know more about Jewel and the other dragons. Never fear! They play a larger role in each new book.
Not yet, but I'll post it on all my sites as soon as I know. I also have an e-newsletter people can sign up for called the Alliance of Constellations. Signing up won't blow up your inbox, but when there are sales, contests, and announcements, that will be the best way to get them. So far I've only sent out 4 emails this year. Here's the link:
If The Magic Awakes were made into a movie, which actors and actresses would you love to see play the lead roles?
Back in 2013 I had a great list for this question. However, I've come to realize that list reflects my age and therefore probably wouldn't make it a blockbuster hit. When/if the time came to choose, I hope I'd be able to find the perfect people.
I created a pinterest board for The Magic Wakes and you can see some of my choices there. The one actor that hasn't changed and probably never will is Jude Law. He is Jaron. End of story. My current top choice for Landry is Jay Ryan opposite Ashley Green as Talia. If you're interested in the original 2010 list of characters you can see them at http://charitywrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/now-showing-blogfest.html. Some of the characters names changed between that post and publication.
What draws you to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre?
I love that anything is impossible. So many times we are faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, and I can't help but think a little magic would come in handy. Plus, I've always wanted to explore the stars. This is my way of doing it. My writing is light on the hard science though. This is a conscious effort on my part. I started writing in an effort to convince some of my friends that they could enjoy science fiction. I plan on slowly reeling them in.
As an author, I assume you love to read as well. Are there any new books/authors that have grabbed your interest?
I used to devour books. The sad truth is that I haven't had a lot of time to read lately. We are currently remodeling a home, and I have four children. When I get a moment to sit, I feel I should be working on my own stories to clear out some head room. :) Although, I will mention some books I've read in the last two years that I loved.
Alex J Cavanaugh-- Cassa Series (Space opera)
CD Coffelt-- Mage Revealed Series (Urban fantasy)
MD Waters-- Archetype and Prototype (Scifi/Dystopian)
Gail Carriger--The Parasol Protectorate Series (Paranormal Steam Punk)
Ransom Riggs-- Ms. Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series (fantasy/paranormal?)
Margo Bond Collins--Waking Up Dead (Mystery that made me laugh out loud)
I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. :)
Do you have favorite music you like to listen to while writing? Something that gets you in the zone and inspires you?
There are lots of songs that have inspired elements of my writing, but when I'm drafting I have to turn everything off. The music comes back during revisions though. I like a wide variety of music, but Breaking Benjamin was my go to for The Magic Wakes.
What does your family think of your writing?
It's a mixed jury. My kids are all in, but the hubby often thinks I spend too much time in my imaginary worlds. It may be true, who knows? However, my girls are often my first readers and sounding board for ideas, and my oldest son talked about my books so much at school that his librarian ordered some for the library! That's pretty cool to me.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I have a dark side. All my deepest fears come out when I write. The really fun part has been researching FTL (faster than light) drives. Did you know that since 1994 we've had scientists playing around with creating warp bubbles thanks to physicist Alcubierre? I love reading the theories and problems with all of it.
Thank you, Charity, for this interview. Any last words of wisdom to share with readers and aspiring authors?
Thank you for having me! I love talking about writing, especially my characters and books. My greatest bit of advice to writers is threefold.
1. Write for yourself first and foremost.
2. Write what's in your heart--whether you know it or not.
3. Don't give up just because it takes forever to make progress. See #1.
You can learn more about author Charity Bradford and her books at www. charitywrites.com