The Magical World I’d Created
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The Deck of the Numinon uses a unique idea of a deck of cards being used to set life changing events in motion. How did the idea for this book start?
The idea of a magical deck had been floating around in my mind for years, originally in a Dickensian sort of setting. Admittedly there was a fascination with the occult of Crowley and the mysteries of Tarot and I thought I could turn it into a story. As I developed the theme, I decided the magical world I’d created in my other books was a better theatre for it to play out in.
The Deck was powerful and I realized I needed a powerful force to counteract it. I hadn’t planned on resurrecting the characters of Cerra and the Demon from “Demon of the Black Gate”, but I could hardly do better. Cerra so far has been my favorite character to write and I welcomed the opportunity to give her life again.
Cerra continues to be an intriguing and well-developed character. What were some questions you wanted to explore with her character?
I think one of the reasons I enjoy writing her character so much is the challenge that she presents. Because she is blind, all of her actions depend on the picture her other senses paint for her. In describing a scene as she perceives it, I’m painting with a palette of touch and smell and perception rather than sight. Could I make that vision captivating for the reader? It was an exercise I wanted to pursue when I wrote “Demon of the Black Gate” and it paid off with Cerra. I wanted her to have a sharp, but kindly wit, and she needed to have moxie and imagination, for I’ve often left her in hopeless situations in both books. All of those qualities arose from her being able to overcome her blindness. “I can’t stay here.” became her mantra, the essence of her persistence.
What was a challenge you set for yourself as a writer with this book?
It seems like the biggest challenge is always just getting to the other end. I had a rough outline to work from, but the work takes on a life of its own as it goes along and many avenues cropped up that I hadn’t foreseen. For instance, I introduced cards in the ‘Seer’s Chapter’s’ then realized they needed their own backstory. Before I was done, I had found it necessary to create and write an appendix reference for the cards and their qualities. When I showed the first draft to my editor, she was inspired enough by the story to offer her talents as Illustrator. From then on the book became a work from both of us. Maybe the challenge for me became to polish the story equal to her artwork.
What is the next book that you are working on?
I’m building bones for a more swashbuckling tale, though I’ve always enjoyed a good murder mystery so I am salting that into the mix. The working title is “The Mask of Count Milado”, my apologies to Edgar Allan Poe fans. Like my other books, they grow with the telling. I’ll find out in about a year how it turns out.
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