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Thanks to Rick for allowing me a guest blog.
I’ve been writing novels for just over a decade, have self-published a fantasy trilogy (Brotherhood of the Throne) and May 27th is the official publication date of my new fantasy novel “Unguilded” from Tyche Books (http://tychebooks.com/books/unguilded/).
I’m a bit of an idea pack rat. When I’m in the middle of a project and come across an intriguing tidbit, I write it down and put it away. That’s where the kernel for the magic in Unguilded came from. A scrap of an idea that I’d saved.
“People who see sound as colour.” That’s what my scribbled note said. I think it was from a BBC show. Google led me to synesthesia, a condition where the senses are crossed in some way. The most common is to see each number as a specific colour but another is to hear music and see colours. (Apparently the composer Franz Lizst had synesthesia – he used to ask his orchestra to “play more blue”.)
Aha. I could have my protagonist see magic as colour. Now I had the basis of my magic system. I just needed to marry this with the society I was creating.
I’d already been reading up on Guilds – they were the unions of their time, and some of them held considerable power – especially in 14th century Italy. If you weren’t part of the guild you couldn’t work and if you were part of the guild you had to follow their rules.
This sounded like a perfect storm of power and abuse for a guild based on magic. What if my protagonist was in the magic guild, couldn’t do magic, but could see it? What if no one, including her, realized that this was a new and useful ability? What if being in the guild without being able to do magic meant her life would be miserable? Any protagonist worth their salt wouldn’t put up with that. And that’s where the story starts.
My Brotherhood of the Throne trilogy is available from: