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Queer Magic with Isabel Sterling

Living in Salem, Massachusetts as an Elemental Witch might sound like a bad idea, but Hannah would disagree. Keeping her secret and avoiding her ex-girlfriend (who just so happens to be in her coven) isn’t easy, but overall, life in Salem isn’t too bad. That is until a possible Blood Witch begins to attack Hannah’s coven.

“I don’t even remember what I was doing, but all of a sudden I had this image in my head of this really sarcastic teenager who was working in a witch shop,” Isabel Sterling said about her inspiration for These Witches Don’t Burn. “Her overall attitude was, ‘Ugh, these guys are posers. I’m a real witch.’”

Read our full interview with Isabel Sterling of  ​These Witches Don't Burn in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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Lighting the Darkness with Amber Smith

Some books whisk us away to fantasy worlds where we can forget our own reality, while others shine light into the darkest corners of our current landscape. Amber Smith specializes in the latter. With her treatment of sexual assault in The Way I Used To Be and domestic violence in The Last To Let Go, Smith stares down some tough topics. Too many of us experience circumstances that require the grit shown by her characters and, as necessary as escapism can be, we also need the validation of seeing the harder truths of our lives reflected in stories imbued with hope and healing.

Smith’s newest release, a contemporary novel titled Something Like Gravity, features two protagonists—Chris and Maia—who are each finding their way through challenging situations, while figuring out who they are as individuals and who they can be together.

Read our full interview with Amber Smith of  Something Like Gravity in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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The Power of Friendship, interview with Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Social media has helped make connecting with others from all around the world so easy. It’s crazy to think that not very long ago the idea of instantly sending a message to someone across the street, much less across the world, was impossible.

Fast forward to today – there are so many incredible communities in the online world, and through them, countless friendships have been made. Some may dismiss internet friendships for not being as real as the ones made in-person, but sometimes the most cherished friendships can originate from a screen.

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, co-authors of The Androma Saga, are proof of this. The two met when Cummings was a published author and Alsberg was a YouTuber. Alsberg had always dreamed of being an author one day, but her self-doubt kept holding her back.

Read our full interview with Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings of  The Androma Saga in the May 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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A Place Between Worlds, Interview with Swati Teerdhala

You had me at assassin.

Assassins are the chocolate of book plots—always an improvement. If you savor stories with protagonists on the murky side of the law, YA fantasy offers a wide menu of morality-blurring characters from authors like Robin LaFevers, Sarah J. Maas, and Kristin Cashore. Looking for a new read to satisfy that craving? Then delve into Swati Teerdhala’s The Tiger at Midnight, which features a female assassin hellbent on vengeance, along with hearty servings of conflict and romance.

Teerdhala has infused her fictional world with Hindu mythology and elements of Indian history. Scheduled to be the first book in a trilogy, The Tiger at Midnight pitches Kunal, a loyal soldier to the king, against Esha, a secret assassin for the rebels. But what happens when romance and duty collide?

Read our full interview with Swati Teerdhala of  The Tiger at Midnight in the May 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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Genre Bending and Blending, Interview with Tricia Levenseller

Eighteen-year-old Rasmira seeks redemption after being banished from her village. Slight hitch: the only way to get it is by killing a god! On the surface Warrior of the Wild is a quest novel. Although an enthralling premise, this is a book about much more than overcoming seemingly-insurmountable challenges. “It’s a story about a girl in a male-dominated society proving her worth and, even more important than that, it’s a girl realizing that she shouldn’t have to prove her worth, because she is worth something regardless,” author Tricia Levenseller explained.

“It’s a story I wrote because that was something that I had to learn for myself. I didn’t have to achieve anything or do anything to be worthy of love. It’s just something that you have, because every person is worthy of love.” Frankly, that’s a reminder that we all need at times.

Levenseller is known for her duology: Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen. Her new work, Warrior of the Wild, is another alternative-world, historical fantasy but the story takes place in a different world.

Read our full interview with Tricia Levenseller of  ​Warrior of the Wild in the April 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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What Would You Do for Millions of Dollars? Interview with Scott Reintgen

“If you were offered millions of dollars to go to space for three years, what would you say?” – that’s the question Scott Reintgen likes to ask when introducing his Nyxia trilogy. Asking this question is the perfect way to help readers get into the mind of the protagonist, Emmett Atwater, who wrestles with this very dilemma.

In the end, he chooses to accept the offer to mine nyxia on the planet Eden with nine others – once the mission begins, though, Emmett discovers that the sacrifices he must make to earn the money might not be worth it.

While some would think it’s worth it, others, including Reintgen, would disagree. That’s why sacrifice is a big theme in Nyxia.

Emmett is sacrificing time with his family, of course, but the sacrifices Reintgen wanted to analyze the most were moral ones. “When you’re given an amazing opportunity like this, how much of your moral compass are you willing to let stray?” he asked hypothetically.

“Are you going to be the exact same person and be honorable the whole way? Or, are you going to break the rules a little?” he continued. “Would you be willing to do that if the stakes were that high?”

Read our full interview with Scott Reintgen of  the Nyxia Triad in the April 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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You Are Not Alone, Interview with Victoria Lee

It’s never good to generalize a group of people, but unfortunately, people still do it anyway. There are times when doing so is obviously harmful, but there are also times when it may seem completely harmless. Authors are a great example of this.

When someone meets an author, odds are, they’ll assume they’re a shy introvert. They’ll also assume they’ve always loved reading and writing and have dreamed of seeing their novels on the shelves of bookstores ever since they were a child. That might be the case for a lot of authors, but Victoria Lee is proof that they’re not all the same.

Read our full interview with Victoria Lee of The Fever King in the March 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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On the Brink of Perfection, Interview with Arwen Elys Dayton

"Perfection has a way of getting ugly.” That statement ends the jacket blurb for
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, sucking us right into Arwen Elys Dayton’s latest release. The author of the Seeker series and Resurrection is back, with a rapid-paced, YA sci-fi novel that explores the lengths we’re willing go in the name of self-improvement. Told in six related stories, Dayton leads us farther and farther into a future where science has the ability to transform us and redefine what it means to be human.

“This book can be thought of as an anthology because it’s got these sections, but they tell one complete story—there’s one character that acts as a throughline and ties them together,” Dayton explained. Structuring her novel like this let her grapple with the different aspects of a complicated subject: human genetic modification.

Read our full interview with Arwen Elys Dayton of  Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful in the March 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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It’s good to be bad. Interview with Amy Ewing

Ewing’s focus on the juxtaposition of darkness and light extends back to childhood. “Probably my favorite author was Roald Dahl because he was really influential to me when I was a kid,” said Ewing. “As children, you want something to be dangerous and then you want it to be kind of safe again. I love pushing that limit, especially with fantasy.”

Readers can expect Ewing’s antagonists to be multifaceted and riveting. “I do love getting in the villains’ heads,” she confessed. Whether it’s the Duchess in The Jewel, or the High Priestess in The Cerulean, the author imbues her baddies with sufficient depth to remind us why evil is enticing. “No one’s just bad,” she said. “There’s got to be one sympathetic thing that I can find.” Ewing is especially intrigued by characters still traveling along the road to fully-fledged villainy. “I find those to be the most interesting villains; Tom Riddle is more interesting than Voldemort.”

Read our full interview with Amy Ewing of The Cerulean in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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Do you believe in magic? Interview with Shelley Sackier

People wish they could have magical powers for all kinds of reasons. Some would want use their powers to make their dreams come true while others would wish for destruction and revenge. Then there are others who would simply want to save the life of a dying friend – this is what Fee wants.

Luckily for her, she actually does have the ability to use magic. Unluckily, though, she lives in a world where using her abilities is banned. But, when Fee is unable to resist the magic within herself, she is suddenly thrust into a secret world full of excitement and danger.

Read our full interview with Shelley Sackier of The Antidote in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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