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. “Intriguing premise and original characters … Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … Fine fantasy.” —KIRKUS
Book 1 of a series. The story continues in Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard and Waterspell Book 3: The Wisewoman.
Targeted Age Group:
Adult and Young Adult
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Join a critique group. It can meet in person, as mine does, or it can be an online group. Every writer needs to be able to bounce ideas off fellow writers. The group I’m in is a safe place. We bring our rough, first drafts and get feedback without fear of ridicule or condemnation. My critique partners have given me invaluable support during all the years I’ve worked on the Waterspell trilogy. Every writer needs that support, and there’s not a writer alive who won’t benefit from the kind of thoughtful, insightful critiques that knowledgeable pros can provide. If you don’t have a professional critique group to join, start one!
Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in Texas, she grew up reading tales of adventure and reenacting them behind ramparts of sun-drenched grain. She left the farm to earn a degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography. High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is Waterspell, a multi-layered fantasy trilogy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he’ll have to kill her … which troubles him, since he’s fallen in love with her. Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock; Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard; and Waterspell Book 3: The Wisewoman.