Can you believe we’re just 14 days away from the release of Remembering Majyk??? I honestly cant believe how fast the time has been flowing by. Even as it seems to take forever. Funny thing, that time.
Anyway, today, I wanted to talk to you a little about my writing. You’ve met Calista, you’ve met Brendan. If you’ve read any of my other books, you’ve met characters I’ve written before. Remembering Majyk is my most personal book and it has a lot to do with the Russian heritage portrayed there. You don’t get to see as much of it in the first book, but once you get in a little deeper, you definitely will.
While Remembering Majyk is my most personal and favorite book, Calista is my least likable character. She’s a lot like me, which I realized in revisions and was definitely not planning for while drafting. She’s stubborn, she’s annoying, sometimes she’s childish. (I know, I’m a fantastic human).
But she’s also real.
I think that if I was in her situation, I would react the same way. And while writing her, I wanted to make her nicer, more pliable? More likable. But I didn’t. It’s a hard choice to make as an author. You want people to love your characters as much as you do. But at the end of the day, I think it’s about you loving them first.
Calista is all kinds of flawed. As the story unfolds, you’ll discover a lot more things about her and you may even like her less. But at the end of the day, I think she’s the kind of a character that just wants to make the choices for herself. Sometimes those choices are too difficult to comprehend and her decisions may not be the best. Sometimes, it’s her reflex that makes the decisions for her and our reflexes, our gut feelings, are not always correct.
That’s who Calista is to me and to write her a little unlikable may have been something I didn’t want to do, but I knew I had to do. I can’t exactly change who she is just because I want everyone to love her.
As authors, we do make difficult decisions as well, but our characters are also living, breathing people in our minds and we can’t change them anymore than we can change those around us. However, as she discovers more about herself and the kind of a person she wants to be, she does the changing. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.
At least, that’s where I’m at. I wanted to share a little more about my girl with you. And a little about my writing thoughts. This is the behinds the scenes, after all, right?
What do you think, as a reader, about unlikable characters? Have you read any books that were written like that?
Happy New Year, lovelies!
Can you believe we’re less than a month away from the release of Remembering Majyk???
(That’s basically me at all times right now….)
I have a giveaway for you!!! It’s super simple. For a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift card AND a Signed paperback of the book, all you have to do is preorder on kindle and fill out the form linked below! Easy, right??
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I’m so beyond excited for you all to meet Cali and Brendan!
I am SO BEYOND EXCITED to share this GORGEOUS cover with you!!! My fantastic cover designer, Regina Wamba, has outdone herself. This book is so many things to me, and I wanted to portray that in every aspect of the packaging (as well as the content :).
This book is about a girl torn between two halves of her existence.
The past and the present.
The forbidden and the reachable.
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Today, I bring you one of my most favorite posts! Today, you get to meet my Calista.
When I began writing this book, this girl was front and center in my mind from day one. I mean, she should’ve been, right? She is the main character after all. But, I have to admit, she was a little more vivid than the others and I think it has a lot to do with her sparkling personality. She’s my messed up, tough girl and I adore her and her journey so much.
You don’t only get to meet her, but you get to see her, almost IRL. That’s right, a fantastically talented Francy McCrea has created a sketch of Calista in all of her glory and I have to say, I’m pretty in love with the way the images turned out.
Now, let’s get down to some nitty gritty. How about we ask her some questions?
Full Name: Calista Faulkner
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite song: It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
Special abilities: Fighting, majyk manipulation, ordering Brendan around.
Least favorite activity: Socializing
VL: Cali, what is happening when we meet you in the beginning of the book?
Cali: Well, I’ve been dragged to a party by my best friend. So I’m probably leaning against a wall, sipping my Dr. Pepper, and people watching.
VL: Parties are not your thing?
Cali: I despise them.
VL: Wow, you’re pretty strong on that opinion.
Cali: Considering the last party I went to ended up with me being nearly stabbed to death with a sword, I feel like I’m entitled to that opinion.
VL: Fair. How did that go?
Cali: What, being nearly stabbed to death? It was lovely. A real good time.
VL: Were you afraid?
Cali: I was terrified. Like any normal human being would be.
VL: Only you aren’t…
Cali: No, I am not. That’s still new and it’s taking some getting used to.
VL: Did you ever think magic was real?
Cali: I most definitely did not.
VL: Would you have preferred you never finding out?
Cali: I would’ve preferred not getting into this interview with you.
Cali: No, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Let’s be real, everyone wishes at one point in their lives or another, that majyk was real. But majyk is not all fun and games. Before my memories were wiped, I lived and breathed battle. I was trained and I was taught how to be the best warrior our lands have ever seen. Then, that was taken away and now I have to learn it all over again. Not only that, but I am constantly hunted by those who think they know better on how to use the said majyk. But I stand by my answer, no. The greatest gift someone can give themselves is to know who they are, right down to their core. I’m finally finding that out for myself. So what if I have to cut to pieces a few monsters along the way.
Cali: I scared you a little.
Cali: Yes, I have a tendency for that. Brendan will tell you otherwise.
VL: And who’s Brendan?
Cali: Someone who is a much better…everything… than I am.
VL: And who are you?
Cali: I’m the girl who’s going to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves and the world in which she lives. Both worlds.
Is there really anything else to say after that?
Book One in the Skazka Chronicles
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See you next week, with a visit from yet another character!
As you can tell by the title and the banner, I have something for you 🙂 I decided to do a little series and talk about all the BTS aspects of Remembering Majyk (and maybe even other books to come). I love these types of posts and it’s always so interesting to me to see where the books and ideas come from. So let’s get into it!
If I counted how many times I’ve been asked where do I get my ideas, I would’ve written hundreds of books with just that one question alone.
If I’m to be honest, I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to write Remembering Majyk or where specifically that story came from. I can tell you that I love magic books and I love books that deal with self discovery and sword wielding heroes and slow burn love stories. Remembering Majyk is all of those things for me. But most of all, it is my heritage.
You see, I grew up in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia. Born and raised, and proud to be from such a beautiful and historic city. I’ve always had a particular love for stories and I remember my mom and I reading and watching these Russian folk tales. Baba Yaga, The Firebird, the siblings, Alyonushka and Ivanushka. Russia has some awesome cartoons, which have adopted these stories and beautiful books, full of illustrations that have stayed with me through the years.
So when I decided to write a book about a girl with a history she couldn’t quite remember, set in a world full of magic, it only seemed appropriate to bring that side of my heritage into it. These stories and the lessons they teach were a big part of my upbringing, thanks to my wonderful mother, and as a writer, I wanted the rest of the world to experience them as well.
Remembering Majyk is not really a retelling of any particular story. It is a mixture of all the beautiful parts of my childhood wrapped into one. While it may still have the aspect of a young adult novel (because how could I ever get away from that, it’s my favorite) the story brings little parts of the fairytales into it.
In part, this story is for my Mamochka, who is the greatest cheerleader and supporter of my books. When writing Calista’s story, I wanted to bring some of that history into it, and show my appreciation for the many sacrifices my mom has gone through for me. Because no matter how much she worked, how tired she was, she would always spend time with me.
I’m working on book 2 right now, and I have to say, I think I may love it even more than the first! So many folk tales, so little time.
Stay tuned, next week, you get to meet none other than Calista herself! I have a particularly special surprise when it comes to her and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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Today, I am part of the blog tour for the newest Mary Lindsey book, Haven. Thanks Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours! I have enjoyed Mary’s writing in the past and was very excited to read Haven early. If you know me at all, you know how much I love anything werewolf, so this book was a special treat. Keep reading till the end for a giveaway!
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
I have to be honest, I’m a big fan of all things werewolf, so this book was already right up my alley. This book hit the spot, for sure. Rain was an interesting character and I like the story being told from his point of view. He’s had a tough going, but I like that he’s still a good guy at the core of it. He’s definitely the wounded hero type and I’m a sucker for those.
I liked the contrast between him and Freddie. She was a tough cookie to crack, but he got through to her. The mythology was fun and well written. I was already a fan of Mary’s writing style, so I had high hopes going into the book. She writes clearly and vividly, bringing the story to life right in front of your eyes. I look forward to whatever Mary has for us next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.