Author Chat with Obert Skye (Wizard For Hire: Magic Required)!
Today we're excited to chat with Obert Skye author of
Wizard For Hire: Magic Required.
Read on for more about Obert and his book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Obert Skye!
Obert Skye is not who you think he is -- unless you think he's a best-selling author of over thirty books. Also, if you think he's not great at whistling, or that he's discovered cures, or that he once broke his collarbone while walking, then he's exactly who you think he is, and you're psychic. Among the books he's written are the Leven Thumps series, The Pillagy, The Creature from My Closet, Mutant Bunny Island, and Geeked Out. Among the cures he's discovered are the cure for boredom, a cure for ignorance, and a half-decent recipe for the curing of a ham. Obert is also a presenter and champion of both words and paper. If you have time on your hands you might look in on some of the other things he's done at obertskye.com. If you're out of time, then take comfort in the fact that you spent your last few moments reading something worthwhile.
Meet Wizard For Hire: Magic Required!
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.
A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.
Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.
Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
There are many things that inspired me or motivated me to write Wizard For Hire. But if I must pick a main thing, I think I’ll go with the fact that often times I find reality boring. I always want things to be funnier, more exciting, and magical. This series has allowed me to mold the world around me into something more interesting.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I think I have to go with Rin the wizard. I love Clark, and Sigi, and Ozzy, but Rin takes on everything in the best and funniest ways. I want to believe like he does. I want to see the magic in everything like he does. I want to dress like he does.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel definitely came first. Originally it had a different title. That title was…I’m not telling.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Puffy Cheetos, crunchy Cheetos, hot Cheetos, ice cream, schnitzel, and Zingers.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I can think of thousands of things I’ve learned, I can also faintly remember thousands of things I’m close to forgetting. Most important? Don’t eat too many Cheetos.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love that all the main charactors are on it. Brandon Dorman is an amazing artist. I also like that there is a picture of me on the back looking like I have endulged on too many Cheetos.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Tall, wide, and multiplying by the minute.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
Brave New World. It’s old, but cool.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a few new books. I’m also suddenly wishing I had Cheetos. So, I might head out and get some.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I always like to add things. It’s a problem. It harkens back to my desire to make the world more unusual and fun. I’ll add my favorite word at the moment. Din.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Writing the ending was a bit intense due to the series coming to an end. I loved penning he ending of Ozzy’s parent’s story. Family can be fun, frustrating, and fulfilling.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Clark. He kept scratching me with his gold talons and pointing out my flaws.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
They are all my favorite on certain days. But the revision part is where the magic seems to appear in full.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can spell Cheetos after two tries. Also, I am really good at keeping my superpowers to myself. Is that something? I only wish I had the ability to tell.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Yes, I struggled with Dyslexia as a child. So, the Dyslexia Foundation. I also like any organization that fights to make this planet a better place.
Wizard For Hire
By: Obert Skye
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release Date: April 7th, 2020