After blundering into the last stronghold of magic, Carin discovers that she is right to fear the wizard Verek. He is using her to seal the ruptures in the void, and she may be nothing more to him than an expendable weapon. What will he do with her—or to her—when his world is again secure? Or has he erred in believing that the last bridge has been broken? The quest may not, in fact, be over … and Lord Verek may find himself not quite as willing to dispose of his fiery water-sylph, Carin, as he once believed himself to be.
WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic—and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can’t seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. "Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … intriguing premise and original characters … Fine fantasy." —KIRKUS
WATERSPELL Book 3: The Wisewoman
Plague and pestilence have come to Ladrehdin. With their worst fears realized, Carin and Verek set out to put right everything that has gone so badly wrong. On the final leg of their quest, they retrace Carin's journey north from the plains -- accompanied this time by the village wisewoman, Megella. Along the way, Meg dredges up -- from an increasingly unreliable memory -- the oldest of the "old stories," revealing how the actions of the Ancients continue to menace every life on the Wizards' World, and beyond.
1. What a fantasy book should have to be a great one?
Strong, authentic, intriguing characters. An imaginative plot with twists, turns, and surprises, and some ambiguity—things left open to interpretation or left to the reader's imagination. Plus graceful writing—a fluent voice and a style that soars. At its best, the fantasy genre boasts some of the most beautiful and evocative writing out there, and the most memorable characters.
2. Is impossible love an imperative ingredient for the fantasy genre? What brings such love?
Interesting question! Some might label as "impossible" the relationship between the hero and heroine of my Waterspell trilogy (Book 1: The Warlock, Book 2: The Wysard, and Book 3: The Wisewoman—the beginning, middle, and end of a continuous story). But I believe readers who approach Waterspell without preconceptions will realize that love does indeed conquer all. Maybe that's the message in all stories of forbidden passion, from Beauty and the Beast through recent paranormal romances. True love overcomes any obstacle.
3. Why do we like (need) happy endings?
There's trouble enough in the world today! Stories should end with hope, not tragedy.
4. How do you see the perfect fantasy character?
Flawed. A good character has flaws, and those flaws will be deeper, darker, and more damaging than the failings of ordinary people. My idea of a good fantasy hero/heroine is a character who might just as easily be the villain of the story.
5. In this explosion of fantasy/paranormal books, how hard is it to be original?
There are only six plots in the world (so I've heard), and conflict is the root of drama. The writer's job is to bring freshness and imagination to the time-honored craft of storytelling. Originality springs from within. Writers make a mistake, I believe, when they consciously set out to be so "different" that their work ends up bizarre and inaccessible. Far better to tell the story that you have to tell, the story that is yours. Because I don’t want to be subconsciously influenced, I tend not to read many contemporary authors. Mostly I read the classics. My favorites: Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books. The science fiction/fantasy of Andre Norton. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe or Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Thank you, Deborah