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.
Book 3 of a series. The story begins with WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock and Book 2: The Wysard.
Targeted Age Group: Adult and Young Adult
Book Price: $2.99
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Join a critique group. As my leading man, Lord Verek, says when he’s teaching Carin to shoot: “Those who school alone, school their mistakes. Errors become so deeply ingrained that no amount of correction can remedy them.” Working with critique partners helps you break bad habits. My worst habit is wordiness. My critique partners are fantastic at identifying verbosity. They’ve helped me develop a tighter writing style.
Also, don’t neglect basic copyediting and proofreading. The best story in the world will be a dud if the presentation is so rough and sloppy, nobody can read it. Respect your readers—edit.
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?
The WATERSPELL story has been percolating since I was a teenager, or younger. Everything a writer reads, experiences, learns, or enjoys will influence her writing. Growing up, I read English Lit: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Jane Eyre,” “The Once and Future King.” I also devoured the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Among my favorite science fiction/fantasy authors were Anne McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern) and Andre Norton (Witch World). When I wasn’t reading, I was outdoors communing with nature. WATERSPELL reflects all these influences and more. It’s a sword-and-sorcery tale with an environmental science-fictional twist. And between my two central characters—homeless Carin and dangerous Lord Verek—a romance blossoms. At first, their relationship may seem unlikely. But by the end of the trilogy, neither can imagine life without the other.