Someone has kidnapped a nest of helpless baby gargoyles and is using them as pentagram focuses, devouring their magic—and their lives—for a horrific, illegal power boost. Swept into the dangerous underworld of black magic, Mika Stillwater must cobble together her limited resources and skills to have a chance at being the hero the baby gargoyles desperately need. If she fails, the city will be at the mercy of the gargoyles’ murderers and their overwhelming destructive magic.
But pitting herself against powerful black-magic villains is proving just as deadly for Mika as for the gargoyles.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’ve previously published an urban fantasy novel (A FISTFUL OF EVIL), and it was very different to write this pure fantasy story. For starters, I got to create the entire world, from the changes I wanted to make to history to the magical creatures who were living in it to general everyday magic-filled life. Exploring how the magic system would impact daily life was a lot of fun, too. In urban fantasy, there’s often a disconnect between the average person and the main characters/magic-filled people. The worlds are layered together, but not necessarily fully integrated. In MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES people live, play, and work with magic as naturally as we do with electronics.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write the story you want to read, and see where it takes you. I thought this was going to be a short story, but it unfolded into a novella. And, of course, you never know what you’ll create unless you sit down and write!
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to create a world based in America in the 1800s with the idea that magic has always existed. Everyone has some form of magic, which means they can work with the five elements: fire, earth, air, water, and wood. Of course, there are varying levels of skill and ability, so the world is populated with a select few who are very powerful, a great many who are average, and some who aren’t very talented at all. But mainly I wanted to write about cute, alive, fun, magical gargoyles.
About the Author:
Rebecca Chastain is the internationally selling author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL. Before she ventured into publishing, she found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.