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.
Book 2 of a series. The story begins with WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock and concludes with Book 3: The Wisewoman.
Targeted Age Group: Adult and Young Adult
Book Price: $2.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
JUST WRITE IT! I can’t tell you how much time I wasted, tinkering with Chapter One of Book One of my trilogy. Looking back on it, I see how the editor half of my mind kept intruding into the creative process. A rough draft should be just that: Rough. But my editor mindset kept wanting to polish the draft. I was tripping over myself at the beginning. But finally I forced myself to move ahead. For me, “Just Write It” meant finishing Book One, then Two, and eventually Three. THEN came the time to go back through and give the whole saga a deep, detailed, painstaking edit.
I’ve known other writers who got hung up on Page One of Chapter One. They kept worrying that they weren’t doing it “right.” Over time, I’ve come to realize that the first draft doesn’t need to be anywhere NEAR right. The important thing is to write the story. Just capture the idea. The words of the first draft may be only a rough approximation. That’s fine! It’s only possible to rewrite and revise a book that EXISTS, however roughly. A book that doesn’t yet exist because the writer can’t manage to “Just Write It” is a book with no future.
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.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I can’t put my finger on any single inspiration. The WATERSPELL story bubbled up and kept bubbling until I had no choice but to write it. I think it had been percolating, at least in my subconscious, since I was a teenager or younger. After the publication of my third book of nonfiction, I felt restless. I wanted to grow as a writer. I wanted to try my hand at writing fiction. It had taken me years to work up the courage to tackle the intricate, multi-layered trilogy I wanted to write. I have such respect for the fantasy genre, I had placed it on a pedestal and feared to approach it. I think I was afraid of failure. What if I tried to write a fantasy and bombed? Could I bear the disappointment if I discovered I wasn’t capable of it? I had to do other sorts of writing until I gained enough self-confidence and maturity to undertake “the epic,” the fantasy saga I’d dreamed of producing. Now I’ve given it my best shot, readers tell me they love it, and the reviews are good. I’m happy. 🙂