Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.
But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.
With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?
Once upon a time I was a clinical therapist working in the psychiatric unit of a hospital, but now I'm a full-time stay-at-home mom and writer (it's only slightly less chaotic than my old job!). I live in beautiful Greenville, SC with my amazing husband, two adorable toddlers, and my precious newborn baby. We also have two mischievous dogs--just to really have a full house! I'm represented by the talented Brianne Johnson of Writers House. ARCANA will be my debut novel, published by Talos Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing.
How long have you been writing?
When I was in fifth grade, I wrote out a story about a unicorn on a legal pad. I have no idea where said story is now, but I’m willing to bet my mom has it stashed away somewhere. My first real attempt at a novel was in college, and I wrote my first completed novel while I was searching for a job when my husband and I first moved to Birmingham, AL. He was in school for pharmacy, so he was gone all day, and it was just the dogs and me. I had ridiculous amounts of time at my disposal, so I wrote three YA novels. The first two aren’t even worth mentioning, but the third is where I really learned about editing, querying, and the writing process.
What’s your story about?
Here's the blurb about it from my website:
Amidst the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?
What genre would you consider your book?
Give me some insight into your main character.
Katherine finds London society in 1905 oppressive; she'd much rather be riding horses and spending time in the country. She dreads having to debut and join the "husband hunt"--not least of all because of her magical abilities. She's fiercely loyal to her family, but she secretly believes she is unlovable by anyone who knows the truth of her family's otherworldly lineage. This is never a problem...until she meets Lord Thornewood.
What inspired you to write your book?
I've been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. Elements of fantasy and romance always seem to show up in my stories, and those are the genres I'm most drawn to.
Tell me about your writing process?
For most stories, I’m a pantser; I write by the seat of my pants. This can be good and bad. It’s good in that the story can develop organically and lets the characters decide where it goes. It’s bad in that I have more moments of panic like, where is this story going?! ARCANA was different—I actually outlined! Since ARCANA is historical, I did a ton of research first. The climax of the story came to me first, so I asked myself questions about the characters until I had character sketches developed. The pieces of the plot fell into place easily after that, and I was able to loosely outline the whole thing.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
Finding time! While writing ARCANA, I had two babies and a full-time job as a therapist at a hospital. But like all important things, I squeezed out time whenever possible (even at work).
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
The shower is a magical place for writer's block! I even have a waterproof notepad hanging up on the wall.
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
I can't wait for fellow Talos Press author Karina Sumner-Smith's debut novel, RADIANT. It just sounds like such a beautiful story with strong female protagonists, superior world-building, and an intriguing premise. Magic, ghosts, and a dangerous city--what's not to like?? Can't wait for September 2nd!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never give up! Also, writing contests are some of the best ways to learn from fellow writers, get and give critiques, and maybe even find an agent.
What's your biggest fear?
Who is the most annoying character you've ever encountered in a book, on tv or in a movie?
Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. I remember discussing with my cousin how badly we wanted something horrible to happen to her. Most. Annoying. Character. EVER.
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