Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him. In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council. Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.
Targeted Age Group:: 13 years to adult
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
While fantasy must have enough reality in it to help the reader connect with the world and characters, the imagination can run wild, too. The further away from real life a writer takes an audience, the more intriguing new worlds a person can experience. Only in fantasy can animals talk to humans and magic be used to heal or to kill. And only in Christian fantasy can a writer offer readers a glimpse of God in an entertaining way.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write what you’re passionate about. Don’t let anyone tell you it won’t work simply because it’s not selling like the proverbial hotcakes today. No one knows what tomorrow’s trend will be, so it’s best to write what you love and not worry about what’s selling.
Throughout Virginia’s life she has balanced a call to minister and a call to write. After receiving her BA in English, she went on to become a seminary student at Brite Divinity, an Associate Minister and a church elder. Virginia re-discovered her passion for writing while in graduate school and with it a new direction for her life. Since then she has balanced her time between her career as an independent author and being a loving wife, mother and slave to a neurotic cat.
Since I was a child I’ve loved cats and cat stories. Finding stories about talking magical cats is difficult and finding Christian stories with those elements was impossible. When Toby, the main character in Apprentice Cat, padded into my imagination, I knew I’d found the purrfect solution to the lack of Christian feline stories. It began as a short story and blossomed into a Harry Potter-like world filled with cats and humans who wield magic for both good and evil purposes. As with real life, there are those who are imperfect Followers of the One who believe the One is in control of everything and its for the best and those who believe the world is better off in their own paws.