SORCERY REBORN by Steve McHugh
- Paperback: 363 pages
- Publisher: 47North (28 Nov. 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542093120
- ISBN-13: 978-1542093125
THE BLURB: He doesn’t need a weapon. He is the weapon.
After losing his powers in an epic battle between good and evil, former sorcerer Nate Garrett finds himself living as a humble human in Clockwork, Oregon. While the world thinks Nate is dead, his friends continue to fight against Avalon and the evil it’s intent on spreading.
Avalon’s forces turn up in Clockwork, and Nate’s frustration grows with every passing day his magic doesn’t return. He finds himself trying to stop Avalon’s plans while hiding from enemies who would destroy everything in their path to see him dead.
Avalon’s darkness begins to threaten the people Nate cares about, and an old nemesis returns; magic or no magic, he has no choice but to fight. But will Nate see his magical powers reborn before the entire town—and everyone he loves—is destroyed?
AUTHOR BIO: Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.
It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which is Crimes Against Magic.
He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
I’ve been a published author for 8 years now, and a fulltime one for about 4. I’d like to be able to say that there was nothing that surprised me when I first published. I’d like to say that I did my homework to such a big degree that I anticipated everything. But I can’t, because that would be a lie. So, here are a few things that I’ve discovered since becoming an author.
1. People message you to tell you they hate your book.
It’s weird, and I had absolutely no idea it was a thing that happens, but yes people do message or tweet how much you suck. You just ignore them and move on with your day, but it really is quite weird.
And speaking of weird.
2. Some people will leave reviews of each book saying how much they hate this book and will never read another of your books, yet they keep reading the next one.
Yeah, I don’t really understand why anyone would put themselves through reading books they hate, but you know, thanks for spending your money on my book, I guess.
3. I get a say in my cover
I’d often heard that authors don’t get a say in their covers, so I was a little surprised to find out that my publisher actively encourages input about the covers. Now, some of my ideas have been described as, ‘unworkable’, and ‘impossible to do on anything so small and not just be a big blur’, but it’s nice that I get asked my opinion, and told what’s happening.
4. Writing from home is an exercise in self-control
I’ve been lucky enough in my career that I’m able to write fulltime, so that means working from home. My PS4 is at home, and my big TV, and lots of books, and… well, you get the idea. Essentially I could spend all day doing absolutely nothing of value except having fun, and having to switch that part of your brain off so you can work was harder than I’d expected. I always assumed that working from home was just awesome. And it is, but it’s also a big commitment.
5. Book Launch Day is nerve wracking even after book 11.
It never goes away. Ever. Every single book that comes out makes me nervous. Doesn’t matter how well the last book did, it’s the one you’re about to have published that you focus on. I try to just lose myself in work on book launch day.
6. You can easily fall into the trap of becoming insular.
It’s a bit of a problem; especially when neck deep in deadlines or edits, or something along those lines. You start not seeing other humans for several days at a time. I have a wife and three children, so it’s never complete solitude, but there is a bit of a case that I’ll notice I haven’t left the house in a few days. Writing is awesome, but you need to ensure you have a healthy balance of not sitting in your office all day.
7. Getting emails from readers who love the book is the greatest feeling ever.
It really is. It never gets old. When I get an email from someone who thanks me for not writing stereotypical women, or for having a character who reminded them of themselves, it’s just a wonderful thing. It’s not something I thought about before getting published, as it’s not something I ever considered would happen, but a message from a fan really is something pretty special.
That’s 7 things I didn’t know before I became an author, and to be honest I probably could have put a few more down, but I’d be here all day. The thing about being an author is that it’s always throwing up new surprises, but most importantly, it’s simply the best job I’ve ever had.
Steve is a bestselling author of Urban Fantasy. His book, Scorched Shadows, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Award for best novel.
Steve was born in a small village in South Yorkshire, called Mexborough, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.