Magic, the word evokes such sparkling excitement! From the first moment I discovered Aslan in C S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeI was enchanted. I purred with delight! I have always loved cats, so it is no wonder that when a captivating black cat crept into my garden one day he woke my sleepy self from the deepest slumber.
Image of Samantha’s cat, Lily, (modelling for my cat character Shadow,) courtesy of Samantha Murdoch: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com.
I began to write. Each morning thereafter I continued, scribbling in a notepad by my bed, my chosen genre fantasy, or to be exact magical realism.
The definition of Magical Realism is….. A literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.
I set my narrative in my home town of Cambridge, a city with a multitude of possibilities. There are ghosts, unusual cafes, quaint punting boats, magnificent colleges, connecting bridges and the incredible Chronopage clock that graces Kings Parade. With fabulously inspiring names such as Kings College, the Corpus Christi Chronopage, The Bridge of Sighs and Clowns Café, how could I not? My old hometown Edinburgh creeps into the story too, with the booming sound of the one o’clock gun on Princes Street Gardens. I’d recommend you read the book carefully or you may miss it!
There is a paranormal feel to the novel, with an abundance of strange episodes. Meet the Spirit who unexpectedly arrives at a sleepover party, Esme, a girl trapped in a mirror and the Creature that comes alive in the most astonishing way.
The Curse of Timeis ‘a clear labour of love,’ sweet words gifted by one of my reviewers. Everything I care about, or reflect upon is in this book. It is a little piece of my soul. Art places a huge part, coming alive rather akin to Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is a new twist on an age old story. Time, myths and time’s wicked companion aging are central to the plot. Beauty is represented by the magical crystals which are hidden from view in the magnificent and powerful Crystal Cottage. There are a multitude of themes to whet the readers’ appetite from hypnotism to mental health issues such as self-harm.
Recently, I decided to enhance my paperback release by adding illustrations designed by the talented artist Carolina Russo who blogs at: https://yesterdayafter.com/
Carolina had already produced a fabulous portrait of my character Esme, (the mirror girl who self-harms.)
Permission granted to share above image on blog tour. ©Carolina Russo: https://yesterdayafter.com/
I have now commissioned Carolina to design the Creature with the mysterious and beautiful Crystal cottage in the background. It is so exciting to witness Carolina’s interpretation of my words, in art, from the tentative beginnings of a pencil sketch to the final version.
Permission granted to share on blog tour ©Carolina Russo: https://yesterdayafter.com/
Art truly comes alive in the Curse of Time and in these fabulous commissioned pieces of art, which appear in black and white in the paperback version of the book. There is much to come; I am so excited at the prospect of continuing this series with The Curse of Time Book 2 Golden Healer. I feel blessed, fortunate and thankful.
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Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.
With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.
I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/
My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.
As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.
Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Collaborative blog: https://thesistersofthefey.wordpress.com
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
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