Author: Martha Carr
Pub. Date: April 11, 2019
Publisher: Martha Carr
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Find the compass, save the world or save herself?
For Austin robbery detective Maggie Parker, dating is harder than running down a felon, even if the guy is worth it – just ask Jake. Now add in magic.
When she finds someone breaking into her garage, stealing a favorite wooden puzzle box everything changes. Did she just see a compass fly?
Can she learn how to use the magic of bubbles to chart a new course in time? The mechanics may hold the answer.
Her new quest: Rescue the passengers on an ancient ship – a big blue marble called Earth – and save herself.
Recover the compass, find the other Elementals and help decide Earth’s fate.
Simple? It’s a lot harder than it sounds. And there’s that fourth date…
Hello, I’m a bestselling author from Austin, Texas. I live there with the good dog, Lois Lane and spend most of my time dreaming of Elves, Witches, Wizards and other magical worlds. I was a nerdy kid from the jump, performing magic at my little brother’s birthday party, saving up for DC comic books, inventing elaborate 3D board games or making treasure hunts with a lot of clues that led all over the house. Jeff was a very tolerant little brother who went along with my schemes. In those days, we were known as M&J.
But from the day I walked into the Philadelphia library and found out there was a place that would let me borrow books to read, bring them back and get more, I was hooked on telling a good story. My love affair with books has been a theme throughout my entire life but my first taste of getting a review was when I was nine years old.
My Dad dropped off the three youngest of us at the movies and drove off without checking the movie listing. It was 1960’s style parenting… Turns out it was a Vincent Price triple horror feature in black and white. Scary stuff in the day. Lots of blood and poisonous vines and a little murder. My brother and sister insisted on leaving but I knew this was the only movie I was going to get to see and I wasn’t budging. I stayed all by myself.
The next week when we were asked to write a Halloween story in school, I wrote my first thriller and filled it with all my newfound knowledge, with a twist. My father was called in to explain and like he did whenever he had to visit a principal for one of his kids (even if it was his fault), my father the minister wore his collar. Bottom line… I saw the power of words and weaving a good tale and just kept going. I mean, I scared the teacher with a good horror story – Vincent Price style. The wheels started turning.
Fast forward through writing for the Washington Post, having a nationally syndicated column on politics, a few books and FINALLY, I got back to that inner nerdy kid and started writing about Elves and Wizards and magic again in the bestselling series, THE LEIRA CHRONICLES. A little thriller, a lot of magic, some loyal friends, a swearing troll and a detective named Leira Berens who never gives up and always believes in the possibilities. All adds up to a really good time and feels like I finally came home. A lot more adventures to follow…
1. What is on your nightstand?
Chasing Life by Sanjay Gupta – I’m turning 60 this year and I plan to do it in style. My theme for the year is ‘make peace with everything’. And Fairytales of a Trailer Park Queen by Kimbra Swain – an urban fantasy story with my kind of snarky humor.
2. What author would you totally fan?
Stephen King for sure. First reason is because he’s a really good writer who can tell a good tale. I’ve been reading his stuff forever. The second reason is more personal – I was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago and I was a full-time writer – and back then I was struggling financially. King has the Haven Foundation that makes grants to full-time writers in need and about ten years ago, I was one of them. It helped keep the lights on while I recovered, and I could get back to writing.
3. What makes you cringe?
In general – it’s horror movies, which is ironic, given my last answer but I can’t take the gore, so King is still a favorite. He plays with your mind and that’s so much harder and part of the art of it all. In writing – it’s when the narrator tells the story instead of the characters, which makes the whole thing fall flat. Character development is everything – I want readers to feel like Maggie Parker is a friend of theirs and wonder what she’s up to right now. How is Bernie doing? Did they find the compass?
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
There’s a lot of details in my stories that intertwine and are building to something, so I plot out everything. But there’s always a few ideas that come up while writing that really make the story and were completely unexpected. That makes it fun for me and I marvel that it shows up and slots right in so well.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
These days, I’m saying – That’s amazing! a lot. I’m surrounded by some very talented people – family (my son manages music acts), neighbors who got promotions, fans who’ve got a new grandchild or bought their dream home. We’re here for each other in the harder times as well, but on those days, I try to do most of the listening. In writing, I love to use ‘crooked smile’. Cancer left me with a slightly crooked smile, and I like to turn it into a positive. It’s our differences that make things interesting.
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