Book Interview on February 2011
Hi Robin, welcome to The Romance Reviews and thank you for this insight into ENCHANTED NO MORE.
Q: Fairies aren't really anything new in Urban Fantasy, but YOUR fairies aren't like any I've seen before. What made you think about linking your world so closely to the elements?
LOL. I'm not sure how to answer that question, except in magic and myths certain beings are considered elementals -- like fire salamanders, water mermaids, etc. So I used that. Also, I read a fair amount of Urban Fantasy, and it seems to me that there are a slew of magical beings out there and you don't really know what might pop up next in the same world -- a selkie, a dragon, etc.
So I decided that I would only have eight magical races, four major and four minor and all elementals. Dwarves/Brownies, Earth. Djinns/Firesprites, Fire. Merfolk/Naiads(ers), Water. Elves/Airsprites, Air. These magical beings would have lived a long time on Earth but not be native. Native magical beings are Treefolk, i.e. Dryads and their offspring.
There are mixtures, of course, but any human who has magic will have a touch of this heredity somewhere in their family line.
Q: What kind of research went into building your world?
Well, first of all, this was not the story I envisioned or sold. After editor input and much gnashing of my teeth, I realized the story that I wanted to tell simply wouldn't work. It wouldn't work because the magic I wanted Jenni to have was a "timeshifter", able to go back in time...
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