As most writers will tell you, the experience of writing starts with a map of ideas but as soon as you start out on the journey, the story develops legs of its own and takes off. You follow desperately, believing you know where it is headed, but suddenly, of its own accord, the tale veers off into new and unexpected directions, hairpin turns, and even off cliffs at some points.
That’s when I get really excited. Not knowing what is around every corner and facing the unknown right alongside my characters.
Don’t get me wrong. There are those days that I want to throw my laptop across the room. Some plot knots get so tangled that you think you will never unravel them in a clever and interesting way. But, just like a knot made of rope, you have to continue picking at it until it finally resolves itself.
Without giving too much away, several new and intriguing characters make their appearance in An Oath of the Mage. One is Beck and Kiernan’s five-year-old daughter. It is interesting to write from a child’s perspective, so innocent and unafraid. But, Kenley Atlan is no ordinary child. Her powers may even surpass those of her pureblood parents.
Unless, of course, Avalon Ravener, catches up to her. If that happens, even I'm not sure if it will be enough.