Magic comes in all shapes and sizes, and so do the people who use it. To celebrate Halloween, four authors got together to interview their magic-using characters and share the responses. And, as always happens when the four of us get together, to make some fun trouble.
That being said, the four of us have decided to break the interview pieces up so you can read them across our blogs.
Interview with Jennifer Allis Provost’s Asherah the Ruthless, Queen of Parthalan
Q: Do you remember the first time you used magic? If so, please tell us about it.
A: Well, no, I don’t—after I was kidnapped and sent to slavery, I lost all memories of my prior life. But I am fae, and we all have a propensity for magic. Some of my favorite tricks are calling fire, and using enchanted maps to keep track of my friends and foes. I leave the more involved spells for sorcerers and the like.
Q: What is something you wish you could do with magic but haven’t been able to yet?
A: Restore my memory. I’ve been told that it can be done, but that the price is dear. I’ve chosen to move on with my life rather than chase my past…for now.
Q: What is something you wish you had never done with magic?
A: Many winters ago, I planted a few enchanted seeds in my garden. I’d wanted something lush, with many flowers and big leaves I could sit under on a sunny day. I ended up with a vine that wants to please me in every way – whenever I walk past it, it bursts into bloom, only to have the flowers close up after I pass. Once, it started to rain and the vine curled itself around me, putting out leaves and tendrils in an effort to keep me dry. While I appreciate the vine’s efforts, it is a bit disconcerting to be the object of a plant’s affections.
Q: Do real witches have broomsticks and/or black cats?
A: Doesn’t everyone own a broom? And why would the cat need to be black?
Q: If you lost your magical abilities tomorrow, what would you pursue instead?
A: If I lost my magic, little else would change. I would still be Queen of Parthalan and Lady of Tingu; I love my people and I love leading them. My life has been full of challenges, with good news often following on the heels of disaster. Magic isn’t what makes us strong, that’s what our hearts are for. As long as my heart remains true I can accomplish anything.
About The Virgin Queen (Chronicles of Parthalan #2)
A broken queen. A friendship mired in deceit. Can one man from the desert help hold the realm together?
Asherah, Queen of Parthalan and Lady of Tingu, has led her people through eight centuries of prosperity. That peace shatters when Mersgoth, the mordeth thought long dead, attacks Teg’urnan. In the aftermath a new warrior emerges: Aeolmar, a man as secretive as he is deadly.
Asherah and Aeolmar race across Parthalan in pursuit of Mersgoth, and track the beast to the High Desert. While they’re gone, Harek, now Prelate of Parthalan, conspires with the Dark Fae against the elves…Against Leran, the king of the elves and Asherah’s son in all but blood. Will Asherah see the truth of Harek before it’s too late, or will he bring down the fae once and for all?
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Visit her online at https://authorjenniferallisprovost.com/