Have you ever read something, heard a song, or watched a movie and thought, “Dang… I wish I had thought of that”?
That’s how I feel about Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques, a.k.a. KrazyDiamond. (Yes, she likes Pink Floyd, I asked.) Apparently, a lot of other people loved this book as much as I did, and it was a 2015 Watty Award winner! Keep an eye on this new author, folks. This chick is going places!
Magic runs bone deep…
In a world overrun by monsters, humans struggle for survival underground. Magic is feared and reviled, but rooted deep in the bloodlines of families, cropping up once a generation. These individuals are cast out, banished to the Above where humans are far, far down the food chain.
When her younger brother is tainted by magic and forced to the surface, Azzy follows, determined to save the only family she has left, no matter what he becomes.
Check out this prologue. OMG.
It began with the Third Reich.
Magic suffered a slow death in the minds of mankind, supplanted by the cold steel of the industrial age and the callous march of science. Long forgotten were the warnings, the rules, and the boundaries that must not be crossed.
In his desire to bring the world to heel, the Führer broke them all, combining his mad science with the darkest depths of sorcery. No one believed his experiments would wake something in the ether. No one thought he would bring something through the Gate. Not even he did, caught off guard when the abyss stared back. A vision of a new world sank its claws into his mind and drove him insane.
As nations allied against him, turning the physical tide of battle, the Führer opened the Gate to the waiting void, and put a bullet through his temple. The dark magic rolled over the world, twisting the natural order, creating abominations and mutated versions of the wildlife. It sought out the hidden potential in human bloodlines, transforming millions into monsters.
Humans toppled far down the food chain, hunted and preyed upon by a world in chaos. Desperation drove them underground, huddling in ramshackle settlements deep in the earth. For generations, mankind scratched out a living in bedrock and darkness, fearful of magic, fearful of what it did to their neighbors, and loved ones.
Willing to do anything to keep it out.
Author Interview with Kristin Jacques
Marrow Charm is fast-paced, high intensity adventure fantasy. It has a very elaborate plot, one that I’ve not seen done before. Where’d you get the idea?
May sound cheesy, but I did indeed have a dream. Or more accurately, a crazy nightmare that woke me up at 3:30 in the morning. Instead of going back to sleep, I whipped out the laptop and started writing. The premise came later, when I realized I wanted the setting of this world to be a twisted version of Earth. The idea of Nazi’s dabbling in the Occult is based in history. That is the flash point. The actual story begins a few generations after the event with a fully changed world.
Your world-building skills are well defined, so I think it’s safe to guess that you’re an avid reader. Who are some of your favorite authors that have influenced your style?
Some of my favorite authors are Tamora Pierce and Terry Pratchett, both masters of world building, with massive story lines that take place in their created universe. It is fair to say I am also heavily influenced by Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Fantastic story tellers and both authors have a knack for entwining magic with reality.
I get asked a lot how I balance life with writing. Honestly, I don’t do it very well. 🙂 You’re a wife and mother with a full-time job (or two). How do you find time to write?
There are days it happens and days it doesn’t. There are good weeks and bad weeks. You steal moments where you can, sacrifice a bit of sleep here and there, and combine tasks, like snuggling with a laptop while your little ones watch a movie with you. My best writing time is after the school bus comes, before work. The weekends are a free-for-all but if you are passionate about writing, you make the time no matter what.
How are we going to celebrate when you hit the best seller list?
First Item: Living Room Dance Party.