Good morning everyone! Today I am excited to have Sasha Laurens guest post on my blog about her upcoming book A Wicked Magic.
A WICKED MAGIC is a contemporary fantasy, which means it takes place in a setting that’s recognizably today’s world, except magic might lie around every corner. If high fantasy suggests that other worlds full of magic are possible, contemporary fantasy asks, what if this world was full of magic? I love the idea that there might be more than meets the eye to our current world, that if you looked in the right places, in the right way, at the right time, you could find something incredible.
That’s what happens to Dan and Liss in A WICKED MAGIC. They find a book that teaches them how to become witches, which seems awesome at first. It’s definitely a lot less cool and a lot more terrifying after they accidentally summon a demon who abducts Liss’s boyfriend.
But because contemporary fantasy still uses a real-world setting, the characters’ problems need to be real-world problems, too. Dan and Liss might be witches, but they still have to go to high school. Witches, they’re just like us! As Dan and Liss struggle to get their friend back, they’re also dealing with depression, anxiety, guilt, parents who suck, college applications, and a serious rift in their friendship. Magic can’t fix those problems, but it might help them find the strength to face them. And I love that idea too: that we each might hold more magic and strength than we’d ever expected.
About the Author
SASHA LAURENS was raised in San Francisco and Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. She started taking writing classes at 826 Valencia in high school, and would have minored in Creative Writing at Columbia University, if the minor hadn’t been eliminated. Instead, Sasha studied Russian Literature, and graduated summa cum laude.
Upon graduation she moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, and attempted to write a literary novel, unsurprisingly about Americans living in St. Petersburg, Russia. Returning to New York City, she earned an M.A. in Russian Regional Studies from Columbia University while working at the university. Since 2014, she been pursuing her PhD in political science at the University Michigan, and currently resides in Ann Arbor.
Writing and political science take up almost all of her time, but when she gets a break she loves boxing, watching bad reality tv, and traveling.
A Wicked Magic is her first novel (Razorbill, July 2020).