A Journey Of Self-Discovery
Maz’hura follows a sorceress that is losing her powers while struggling to save the people she cares about amidst a burgeoning war. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The idea for Maz’hura came to me in bits and pieces while writing other novels. I always wanted to create a series that merges high fantasy and science fiction together. My goal was to offer a story that has a Star Trek meets Lord of the Rings feel to it, which is not easy at all. It took ten years of writing other material before this book started coming together, and that was just for the initial concept and plot.
Shirakaya is an interesting character with a lot going on in her life. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
Several ideas came to mind when writing Shirakaya’s story. I wanted to implement nuanced characterization, and so I put her in a position of power and through a series of events she loses some of that power and keeps losing it. The idea behind this is, how do we renew ourselves? What is our path in life, when all paths are unclear? Sometimes we must look deep within and go on a journey of self-discovery. We adapt and change. Certain life events affect us, causing our perceptions to shift. A great deal of this happens to her, and so we see the protagonist struggle with this, all while trying to save the universe and protect the people she loves while still coming out strong.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Some of the important themes I wanted to explore were confronting fear, how to rediscover one’s self, letting go of the person we used to be, how to deal with change, acceptance, and tolerance.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My current work in progress is a steampunk fantasy novel. I’m striving to flip traditional tropes, blending fantasy and science fiction in a new world filled with swashbuckling action, romance, and mystery. I’m hoping for it to be available next year.