Today on Writer Wednesday, Sophie Duncan, of Wittegen Press, is here to talk to us about three of her books! She also tells us a bit about herself, gives us some great links to check out, and is a generally interesting and delightful person!

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Sacrifice of An Angel (The Haward Mysteries #1)

I wrote this one with my twin sister, Natasha and we have 6 more planned in the current arc
Odd piece of information about this book: I invented the Grail language in the book that is used when the characters cast magic (I have developed the grammar and have a dictionary that I keep up to date to keep any spell work consistent – yes, I am that geeky. ;P )

“Harry Potter (with grownups) meets Midsommer Murders with a magical version of C.S.I. thrown in for good measure.” – Rob Drake

The body of a beautiful girl dressed in a ceremonial robe is found on a playground roundabout. Her throat has been ripped out and the roundabout has a bad case of perpetual motion. Is it a ritualistic, magical murder or a setup to distract from the real killer?

That is the question that faces twins, Theo and Remy Haward, detectives in the Sorcerous Crimes Task Force (SeCT), when they are called to the scene in the middle of the night. That and who could commit such an act. They must find the answers to these and other questions, all the while ensuring the general public finds out nothing about the magical world that co-exists with their own.

Armed with their experience, their natural magical abilities and their complimentary instincts, Remy and Theo must identify the victim, follow the evidence and find the killer before anyone else dies.

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Death In The Family (Heritage is Deadly #1)

Odd fact about this not in the blurb: I have been writing and rewriting it since I was 15 and it was originally set in the US, but I moved it to the UK because I realised I could do the setting more justice, since I’m a Brit.

Leaving a good London school with solid prospects, Tom Franklin has the world at his feet. Yet one thing has always haunted his perfect life: his dreams. When Tom discovers that the nightmarish images of dark places and even darker instincts are in fact repressed memories from his early childhood, he must face the heritage from his birth-father, a savage vampire known only as Raxos.

Realising his memories are his only hope of controlling his awakening instincts, Tom returns to, Coombedown, the sleepy, Cornish village in which he was born, unknowing that the night-breed in his veins will lead him into danger.

“Death In The Family” is a young adult, paranormal novel.

This is the first story in the “Heritage is Deadly” Series.

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Bonds of Fire (based on novella of the same name, this is the WIP)

How would you describe Bonds of Fire? And what might you compare it to?
There’s magic, tech and action, running through an adventure on two levels: external conflicts coming from war, new enemies and old relationships, and Drekken’s inner journey of self-discovery. Oh yes and dragons, cute little baby ones and sassy full-grown ones.
I’m not very good at comparisons and I haven’t read a lot of fantasy lately, so I’m going to cheat and look at film as well. So I’d say that for the mix of fantasy/magic and technology, the nearest comparison would be Star Wars and that ilk, although planet rather than space based. For the dragons, if you like Flight of Dragons then you should like Bonds of Fire.
Drekken is a dragon warrior. Bonded to his dragon, Miri, together they lead a squadron of fliers. His fliers respect him, his enemies fear him, his reputation precedes him. Yet, nothing in his life could have prepared Drekken for his greatest challenge: babysitting.

Stranded after a deadly battle, separated from his squadron and Miri, Drekken finds himself the only hope for two young empaths and their nursery group of hatchlings. He must lead them all to safety and, along the way, discover some truths about himself.

I have another 6 books/short stories out as well, my full bibliography is available from my author page on Wittegen Press.

5. Tell us a little bit more about yourself!

Twin, author with Wittegen Press, fan of a few rock bands, Tokio Hotel, Elliot Minor. I also sing, read and used to earn a living as an IT project manager (I started as a developer and then just wanted to earn more money and boss people about :P). Oh yes, and proud to be a geek. I’m a big fan of Dr Who (I ran the sci fi society at university). I love vampires, although I have no experience of the sparkly kind. I crochet, I ring hand bells (and write music for them), I enjoy writing fanfic, started in Highlander fandom, but then moved to Harry Potter, I’m a Harry/Draco gal (and I would die of delight if someone wrote fanfic for my books 😀 ). I’d like to carry on writing professionally full time if I can make a living at it, but I may have to go back to being a project manager 😦

If you want some views into my head, I just did a blog tour discussing some topics I found interesting, links to the seven posts are in THIS POST.

6. Where can we find you and your books online?

Twitter: thwax and wittegenpress
LiveJournal: Thwax and Wittegen Press
Blog: Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles
Google+: Sophie Duncan
Facebook: Sophie Duncan & <pWittegen Press
Pinterest: Wittegen Press
Goodreads: Sophie Duncan

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