Three Times A Charm with Marva Dasef
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Today’s guest is author, Marva Dasef. Thanks for joining us, Marva. Please tell us a little about you.
Thank you, Kai, for giving me a little of your valuable web space. It’s appreciated.
I’m a retired tech writer now making my way in fiction. Primarily I write fantasy books for kids from ten to 100. When I first began my authorial career, I wrote lots of short stories, and have had more than 40 stories published in various on-line and print magazines. In 2007, I decided to try for a longer book via NaNoWriMo. I got my 50K words (many of them to be tossed out). That gave me the confidence to write longer works. Most of my books are in novella length (35K-50K) because that’s the right length for younger readers (and the length I prefer on my ereader). Since my first published book (actually a collection of short stories), I’ve published ten books in print and ebook format. Most recently, I’m having my books produced for the audio market.
Congratulations on the audio books. That’s exciting. Now, we’d love to hear about your series, The Witches of Galdorheim.
The Witches of Galdorheim is my pride and joy. The books are contemporary fantasies following the exploits of a young witch as she learns to use her magical powers. The switch-up is she and her family live on an island in the arctic, the home of the witches who escaped the inquisition in the 15th C. Everyone on the island is a witch. Katrina, my main character, has plenty of magical power, but everything she tries ends up a disaster, hence the first book’s title, “Bad Spelling.” I think the tag lines for the three books give a good idea of the story and tone:
Bad Spelling: A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time?
Midnight Oil: Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can’t even phone home?
Scotch Broom: A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good.
I recommend my books to readers who like Terry Pratchett’s Disc World series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.
Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.
- Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.
I recommend any or all of the books by Pratchett, Rowling, and Riordan. I read them all and can’t choose only three.
- Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without.
Open Office (word processor) and MS Paint for production. My books could not exist without the internet. I research...a lot.
- Top 3 favorite places.
For visiting, I’m always willing to return to the Oregon coast and Great Britain. Otherwise, home is where my heart is.
Where can our tech savvy readers find more about you and your books?
Twitter Handle: @Gurina
Marva, it was lovely to have you on this week’s Three Times A Charm. Best of luck to you and The Witches of Galdorheim.
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