Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?
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Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I’m a proud alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Winthrop University.
Please tell us a little bit about you.
This is always the hardest question of all, so I’ll just give you the facts (some of them random) ;):
- I’m a stay-at-home mom of 3 (and the oldest is 3 years old!)
- I have my master’s degree in social work, and I worked as a psychotherapist for many years
- I literally worked on the psych ward
- I always include horses in my books because I loved riding horses when I was growing up—I had an Arabian mare and competed in dressage
- My husband is a pharmacist, but I’m currently obsessed with homeopathic medicine like essential oils—he finds this endlessly amusing
- I have two dogs: a sheltie named Gryphon (we wanted a name that sounded Harry Potter-ish), and a Shiba Inu named Sakura (because we were obsessed with Naruto at the time)
Why did you choose to pursue the art of writing?
Because I would literally lose my mind if I couldn’t write. All of these ideas would make my head burst! I’ve always written stories—there’s even a legal pad of a story about a unicorn I wrote about when I was about 9—and I’ve wanted to be a writer since high school. But to actually answer your question: I chose to pursue it because I loved my stories so much that I thought there might be a chance others would like them, too. Luckily, I was right J.
What was the inspiration for Arcana?
There is a certain scene in Arcana that I can’t go into much detail because it’s too spoilery—I’ll just say it’s the big scene right after the scavenger hunt in the woods—and this is the scene that came to me one day while brainstorming for a new book. I knew I wanted to do a historical because I LOVE historicals, but I also knew I wanted there to be an element of fantasy to it, because I probably love the paranormal and fantasy genres even more than I do historical. Once I had that scene in mind, I just built upon it—asking myself questions until I had a loose outline of the characters. Inspiration came later. I took inspiration from Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey, LOTR (of course, because it could probably be argued to be the inspiration for nearly every fantasy book, whether unconsciously or intentionally), even anime.
Is there a singular character that really touched your heart and why?
Katherine’s mother, for spoilery reasons :).
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
I’ve always planned for this to be a series, and I’m excited to announce that there WILL be a book two! The next book will focus on Katherine’s sister Lucy, but Katherine and Lord Thornewood will definitely play a part.
How has this story touched your life?
At its core, Arcana is a story about family—something that is extremely important to me. I admire Katherine’s willingness to be self-sacrificing and do what she needs to do to protect her brother and sister.
***Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Amber!