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The question of Charles and more

Deva Fagan just interviewed me at The Enchanted Inkpot, and I really loved the questions she asked about sequel-writing, the city of Bath, the Kat series, and Kat's family. I especially loved getting the chance to write about Kat's hapless older brother Charles, who has a MAJOR character arc across the series.

In Kat, Incorrigible, the plot is driven by the family's financial desperation after Charles has gambled himself into terrible debt at university - but he never actually appears on the page. In Renegade Magic, he comes along with the family to Bath and gets into even more trouble with the wild magic in the Roman Baths. In other words, he seems to be a total mess...but of course the books are all told from Kat's perspective, not from Charles's POV! And that does make a big difference.

There's actually a lot more to him than the obvious, which comes out in the third book, Stolen Magic. So I was glad to get to write more about his character (and some of the parts of it that aren't obvious from Kat's own perspective) in the interview! You can read the full interview here.

I also just wanted to say right now: THANK YOU to everyone who's bought, checked out of a library, mentioned, and/or reviewed Renegade Magic on Goodreads, Amazon or their blog! Every single review makes a big difference with visibility - and second books in trilogies are notoriously hard to promote! I so, so appreciate every review or mention of the book online or in person.

And since I'm working on another novel I really hope to sell...well, yes, sales of Renegade Magic and the paperback of Kat, Incorrigible will be a major factor in whether that happens or not! So anything that might help attract attention to them is priceless. I tend not to comment on reviews of my books because I don't want anyone to feel constrained by having the author peering over their shoulder - but I appreciate every single one, on Amazon or elsewhere. THANK YOU.

And for everyone who asked whether an .epub version of "Some Girlfriends Can" would be available - the answer is yes! It's up on Smashwords now, available in all e-formats. (And of course it's also on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.) Whew! I am feeling ridiculously proud of myself for figuring out how to do that. As you guys know, I am NOT the tech person in my family! ;) But I told Patrick that I could do it myself, so I was determined to figure it out and NOT go wailing to him for help!

This is just a light, fun short story, but I've really enjoyed getting to put it out there this way. I love my novels ten thousand times more than any of my short stories, but I also feel a pressure around my novels because I care SO much about them, I worry about their sales numbers and their reception and and and and and - !

So it's fun just to toss a short story or two out there without expectations, hoping that people will enjoy it but not having my livelihood or my whole heart bound up in it. It feels like another kind of creative play to do this, like knitting or piano-playing.

What about you guys? What have you done lately just for fun?


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Apr. 19th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I was very excited to hear that we'll see more of Charles's development in book 3!

(slight spoiler for RENEGADE MAGIC below, in case other commenters have not read it...)

I was really pleased with how Kat's dad stepped up more in the end of book 2 as well... Yay!
Apr. 19th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy where his story goes in Stolen Magic, Deva! And yay, I'm so glad you liked the spoiler bit, too. :)
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