Today we're excited to chat with James Riley author of The Revenge Of Magic.
Read on for more about James, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet James Riley!
JAMES RILEY lives in Virginia. He is the author of Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time, and Once Upon the End as well as the Story Thieves series. Visit him online at james-riley-author.tumblr.com [james-riley-author.tumblr.com] or on Twitter @_JamesRiley_.
Meet The Revenge Of Magic!
When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each buried with a book of magic, only children can unlock the dangerous power of the books in this start to a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!
Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.
Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.
But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’ve got a feeling that every fantasy writer has a “School for Magic” book in them, but I wanted to explore what the real world would be like if magic suddenly returned, and only kids could use it. In REVENGE OF MAGIC, the government runs the school, with the military on hand to guard the kids ... or to keep the kids from escaping. That leads to all kinds of fun questions for me, like what would the government and military get out of running a school for magic? How would the kids be treated? And what could be so dangerous a threat that the school would need to exist in the first place?
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have a few favorites, which is always how it works. The most fun to write is Cyrus, a boy from the UK who knows Time magic and can see the future, so therefore has a pretty unique way of looking at things. Fort, the hero of the series, has to work twice as hard as the other students just because he wasn’t born on the day magic returned to the world, so it’s been satisfying to write a character who isn’t just the chosen one, and therefore has power handed to him. And then there’s Sierra … who I can’t say much about without spoiling the first book!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Oh, it’s always the novel for me. I’m terrible at titles! For my series STORY THIEVES, I think I sent my editor around 11 pages of possible titles. THE REVENGE OF MAGIC wasn’t that bad, actually, in comparison. It’s just because we want titles to be perfect, to entice every single reader who barely glances at the title, to make them have to read the book. So no pressure.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
REVENGE OF MAGIC has some of my most emotional work out of all my writing so far, and whenever you try something new, or move out of your comfort zone (which would be cynical, snarky comedy for me), it’s easy to be nervous about what people will think. So I’m most proud of how people are caring about Fort and his father after a tragedy occurs in the first few chapters, especially since it’s what the first few books revolve around.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
It’d have to be to lighten up on myself. It’s hard to write a book, and a thousand times worse when your anxieties are weighing you down, questioning your every sentence. When I visit schools now and speak to kids about writing, one of the things I repeat over and over to them is that first drafts are allowed to be terrible, and that you can just let yourself write badly, because you’ll be able to make it better by revising and editing. It’s something I still have to remind myself on every new book.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Living in Washington, D.C., it was uniquely fun to have a giant monster come in and destroy our beloved landmarks, like I was writing a big summer movie. So to see one of my monsters holding the broken Washington Monument up before our hero was pretty amazing. Vivienne To, my cover artist, always just knocks it out of the park, and she literally destroyed it on this cover!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
More REVENGE OF MAGIC! One of the great things about this series for readers is that they’ll be coming out every six months, which is good, because I have some pretty terrible cliffhangers coming up. So that means I’ve got to write these pretty quickly! I’m working on book three right now, for a total of seven.
The Revenge Of Magic
By: James Riley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
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