1. What are the unique rules of magic in your Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles series? In other words, tell us a little about your world.
The Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles take place in a world a lot like 1900s United States, but saturated with magic. Mythical creatures coexist with people, and every person has the ability to work elemental magic. However, strengths with the five elements (earth, air, water, wood, and fire) vary from person to person.
Mika Stillwater is a midlevel earth elemental, and her specialty is with one of the most common forms of rock: quartz. Determined to differentiate herself from her peers, she’s worked hard to hone her ability to manipulate quartz into delicate pieces of art in the hopes of starting her own business and leaving behind her mind-numbing quarry job. Her goal is within sight when her whole world is turned upside down by a desperate baby gargoyle and the dangerous mission they undertake.
2. When you sat down to build the world of Magic of the Gargoyles (Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles book 1), how did you start?
Oddly enough, with feng shui. I’ve had a lot of success using feng shui in my home, but while I can see how colors and chi flow enhances and affects each room, I’ve never quite understood how to use the elements to my benefit. During the course of updating my apartment’s feng shui one year, I had a moment of wishing the elements were magic instead of physical, and the idea was born.
From there, I spent a lot of time pondering and brainstorming what the United States would look like if elemental magic had always existed. I don’t think we would be such a technological culture, or that we would have turned to fossil fuels and motor engines if we could power vehicles with air magic or take a flight on the back of a gryphon.
And if fantastical creatures like gargoyles existed… Well, I had my idea and I was off and running with it.
3. If Mika Stillwater wasn’t busy starring in your series and had time to kill, what books or TV shows would she pick?
Interacting with gargoyles is a new experience for her, so she’d be at the library hunting down all the information she could find on them. For pleasure reading, I think Mika would love Robin D. Owens’s Celta series for relatable fiction and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series for escapist fun (as if people could travel in space and genetically manipulate fire lizards into dragons!).
4. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while doing research for a novel?
There are so many forms of quartz! Before writing this series, I thought there were only smoky, clear, and rose quartz, but agate, carnelian, tigereye, amethyst, citrine, jasper, chalcedony, and dumortierite are all forms of quartz, too. Since all the gargoyles in my world are made of living quartz, that gave me a lot of flexibility to create beautiful characters.
5. What are you currently working on?
With the final installment in the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles trilogy just released, I’ve turned my attention to Lured, a novelette in the same universe. It takes place after the trilogy, featuring all the fan-favorite characters. The novelette is a bribe for reviews: I’ve promised readers that once Curse of the Gargoyles (book 2) reaches 75 reviews on Amazon and Secret of the Gargoyles (book 3) reaches 50 reviews, I’ll release the novelette for free. I’ve been pleasantly shocked by the influx of reviews, and I need to get cracking on finishing the edits so I can have the story ready in time!
To help a baby gargoyle, Mika will risk everything.
Mika Stillwater is a midlevel earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.
Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika jeopardizes everything she’s work so hard for as she attempts to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster—and to stay alive…
From the imaginative mind of international bestselling fantasy author Rebecca Chastain, Magic of the Gargoyles is a spellbinding adventure set in a world full of elemental magic and adorable gargoyles that is sure to enchant young adult and adult readers alike.
Links to buy novel:
Amazon, US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NYISFXY
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Rebecca Chastain is the internationally bestselling author of the Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer series and the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles, among others works. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in Northern California with her wonderful husband and three bossy cats.
Links where you can be found on the Internet:
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Chastain/e/B00MW89XB0/