Friday, March 13, 2009
I was wild about Samantha Stevens of the TV show Bewitched. I wanted to be Samantha with a passion, and who wouldn’t?
Love spells? Sure, they have their place, but I wanted all those other magical powers. Changing clothes with a sweep of the hands. Cleaning the house with a snap of the fingers. Teleporting anywhere in the world with the wiggle of the nose.
Come on, how cool is that?
Much as I still fantasize about being Samantha with all her powers (and believe me, my house would appreciate the cleaning part!), I now get my magic fixes in all the great books featuring witches and warlocks and a myriad of other characters with magical powers. Which authors leap to mind? Kelley Armstrong, Linda Wisdom, Yasmine Galenorn, and Rachel Caine with the djinn in her Weather Wardens series -- and they are only a handful of the many authors I read who are writing … well… marvelously magical books. Whether the author brews up dragon magic, fairy magic, or ley line magic, I tap into it all with joyous abandon!
So why is my lead character, Cesca Marinelli a vampire and not a witch? For starters, that’s not what I heard in the peanut butter commercial that inspired Cesca. (Long story!) But, wait! I do have a wizard in my series, and Cosmil even has a shape-shifting sidekick. Pandora is not a werecreature, but spell-born Florida panther that magically shifts into a hefty house cat and back again. Cosmil and his magicks appear in La Vida Vampire, but he and Pandora take bigger roles in Last Vampire Standing. In Book 3, they’ll become Cesca’s “power” coaches.
So, do you have a favorite series that features magic-workers of any kind? Are you writing characters with magic powers? Please share a comment! I love adding titles to my TBR list, and
I’ll be giving away a copy of La Vida Vampire to one commenter!
My thanks to Nicole for inviting me to visit! May all your writing and reading be fabulous fun!
Nancy Haddock is the author of LA VIDA VAMPIRE, the first in a new and quirky series from Berkley Publishing Group. Her second novel in the series, LAST VAMPIRE STANDING, is a May 5, 2009 release. You can visit Nancy at http://www.nancyhaddock.com and enter her contests by clicking on the Beach Party page.