02 Behind the Story—The Magic Wakes
Charity: [00:00:00] Welcome to loose leaf, the podcast of a woman with multiple author personalities. My name is charity Bradford lover of all things sci-fi but sometimes I'm river Ford focused on sweet romance. No matter my mood, I write about ordinary people who find strength to overcome extraordinary situations. So today we're going to talk about the magic wakes and the story behind how I got started writing.
And where this particular novel came from. It started as a teenager, but I had no idea where it would go. And many years I just kind of filed away in the back of my mind that one day I wanted to write a book, but it wasn't until the year 2002, when I had a traumatic experience, that kind of was my wake-up call.
That said, you know what? If you're going to chase this dream, you better start chasing it now because none of us are guaranteed. Tomorrow or the day after that. So what you need to know is Taulia started out as a young girl named Elizabeth Bentz. She had a family, she had a best friend. She had a brother that liked to tease her and she was headed to the university.
And I think the story was on the lines of a romance for the most part. And it was definitely young adult. I used it as my therapy coping mechanism for this traumatic experience that I had in 2002. And it was my way of trying to deal with all of those emotions that nobody ever talked about back then. So I stumbled around for years, not really getting anywhere with the story, but it was great for me.
It helped me too. Find a safe place where I could experience those emotions that made the people around me uncomfortable. And so for that part, it was wonderful. Well, finally, I decided to share it with an acquaintance that I met during my husband's internship when we were in Connecticut. And it was a safe bet because we were going to leave and I would never see this man again.
And, you know, so if his opinion hurt, who cared right. Well, he read it, he finished it after we had left. And I thought, great. You know, if I've given 20,000 words of a incomplete novel to someone, I don't know. And I didn't even get the feedback that I wanted. However, his wife sent me an email and all this guy said was, I liked it.
I think you should finish it. But I didn't like some of the names of your characters. He didn't say which characters, you know, there was no way of knowing what he meant or who he met, but it got my mind thinking. About the same time. This was 2008. I learned about NaNoWriMo, which is national novel writing month.
So I had already decided that I wanted to take my writing up a level and become more serious. So I had been thinking about Elisabeth's story and how boring it was. Great. It, it rambled on and there were all these cutesy little scenes, but there was no tension, no conflict. And I combined that with his.
Thoughts that some of the names were not quite right for the story. I sat down and I did a name search, and I learned that a lot of names, strong names, strong characters started with certain consonant sounds. So that's where I directed my search. And eventually I found the name of Taulia. I took that. I loved it.
I made her about. 10, 15 years older. I killed her family. I killed her brother. She didn't have a best friend. In fact, she was quite isolated and things started to look up. The story was getting better. There was finally something that I could work with because I felt like my character had the education.
She needed to make some decisions and to deal with whatever was coming her way. But I still didn't know what. The problem was going to be what the big problem was going to be. And I took a trip home to visit with my family and my younger sister pulled out this notebook from my days at college. And it was mostly a personal history, but at the end of it was a dream account that I had when I was 19 years old.
So as I was reading this dream account about these monsters in this end of the world, kind of vision. I thought, huh? Talia is pretty alone and isolated. What if she also has nightmares about the destruction of her world? How would she handle that? What would she do? And my mind started asking all these questions.
And so in October of 2008, That's all I did. I sat and I asked questions and I answered them. I didn't really write any on the story, but it was enough so that when November came and the start of NaNoWriMo, I was ready and I started from scratch and I drafted all of the magic wakes that month. It ended up being around 60,000 words of absolutely dreadful writing, but the story was there and it was the most excited.
I've been at a long time. It was wonderful to see the story come together. It took many more years of writing and asking more questions and learning about, you know, how to become an author and how to become a better writer. But I love the story mostly because Tahlia's isolation reflected me and my depression all those years.
We both had to learn to let people back into our lives, to live and to move forward. Instead of letting fear rule us. Okay. So the magic wakes is supposed to be a four book series. The first two books are out the magic wakes and onto the mages. And you might wonder, well, the first book was published in 2013.
Why in the world have I not finished the series? It's a long story and I'm not going to go into it. All I'll say is that it has been a great learning experience for me. And after starting with a publisher in 2013, I received the rights back for the first two books in 2017 and rerelease them myself. And that has been a wonderful experience for me.
The second reason that this. Series is not quite finished is because I know what's coming next. And these characters are my best friends. Talia is really me and I know what I'm about to do to her, and I don't want to do it, but I know I have to. So I have been working on book three in the series, which is titled demon rising and I've.
Managed to get about 40,000 words into it. And I'm approaching the dark moment in this dress and I'm really putting it off, but I, no it has to be done. And I have set the goal to finish the draft this year so that I can get it out either by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021. So here's my question for you.
Have you read the magic wakes or Donna? The mages, this month's free book for you to download is the magic wakes. So take the opportunity to give it a look over and refresh your memory. If you've read it in the past or go ahead and read it for the first time they're also available on audio book. But if you get a chance to read them, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for joining me for another quick podcast of behind the scenes about my novels. Next month, we will look at another romance and until then I hope you're having a great day.