A teenage girl in future North America discovers that she is heir to a magical map which transports her to another world called Praxis, where her position as Mapkeeper is held in high regard. She is expected to learn to use the map’s magic to help the creatures of Praxis defend their homeland against the dark magic of the Wardens, a group of ancient beings whose magic is stirring again after centuries of peace.
“Hey, Lucy!” Mrs. Beadleback appeared out of nowhere in front of them, layered up for the cold. Lucy jumped, startled. It was rare to see Mrs. Beadleback venture outside. She must have been waiting to ambush us, Lucy thought with irritation. “I saw you this morning at Frostbite! Where did Mr. Quincy take you? Is it true you’re going to the Capital for good?” The middle-aged woman fell into step beside Mack. The Barnes siblings did not slow down.
“No ma’am, I will travel to and from the Capital where I will work as a member of Mr. Quincy’s staff.”
Mrs. Beadleback was not discouraged. The short, squat woman scurried along beside the siblings, awkward beneath too many layers of outerwear. “How exciting! Why were you chosen? Did they tell you?” She scampered around behind them and popped her head in between Lucy and Luke, trying to insert herself into the group.
Lucy turned away from Mrs. Beadleback and rolled her eyes in Mack’s direction. They had almost reached the end of the block—just a left turn and a half-block until they were home. “I’m not sure why they chose me, they didn’t say. I’m sorry Mrs. Beadleback, but we have to get home. Nice seeing you!” She waved, putting the other arm around Luke and making a sharp turn at the corner of their street. Mrs. Beadleback had no choice but to accept the blatant dismissal. The woman shuffled home, no doubt with the intention of planning her next ambush.
What was your favourite book as a child?
A Wrinkle in Time, the Goosebumps Series, the Nancy Drew series, and the Harry Potter series were some of my favorites.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy being outside—running, hiking, surfing, and riding my 150cc Vespa scooter are some of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and travelling. I would travel a lot more if time and money permitted me to do so!
I have spent the night underwater on a submarine, ridden an elephant, and snowboarded and surfed in the same day.
When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Like many writers, I’ve always loved to write and have been penning short stories since I was a kid, but I was first published when I was about twenty-one years old. My short stories and poems were subsequently published in a few magazines and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. This is my first novel, and I began writing it in 2013. It was published in November 2015, so all in all it took me over two years to complete, from conception to publication.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
I am definitely a planner… but that doesn’t mean things always go according to plan! I tend to outline my books, but the characters lead me as I write, and often major plot twists happen that even I didn’t see coming!
What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I write on my laptop while listening to background music—usually epic soundtracks or classical music, specifically Bach’s cello suites. I am a cellist and I love the sound of the cello. I think its sound is the most beautiful and relaxing of any instrument.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
To those of you who give my book a shot, THANK YOU very much, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Katie Cash is an active duty military officer who lives in San Diego with her husband and their cat. She enjoys running, surfing, competing in triathlons, and, of course, writing. She also hosts an annual badminton tournament, rides a 150cc Vespa scooter, and plays the cello. She can most often be found exploring new running trails, at the beach, hunkered down writing in a coffee shop, or sampling a new local craft beer at one of San Diego’s many craft breweries.