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Seventh Author Interview

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  Interview conducted by Leon Stevens.  You can find the link to it on his website here:   https://linesbyleon.com/2022/05/06/free-book-friday-may-6-in-conversation-with-xanxa-symanah/ Sarah Xanxa Wallace (AKA Xanxa Symanah and Xanxa Raggatt) has always been involved in creative writing. In fact, before she learned to read and write, she would make up stories, telling them to anyone who would listen, or simply reciting them to herself when she lacked an audience. Leon: Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with author Xanxa Symanah. Thanks for dropping by. Can I offer you anything to drink? Xanxa: I’ll have a glass of verazhynde, please. Oh, wait, I forgot. It only exists in my fictional universe. Leon: Hey, we are not even in the same place or time right now. Anything is possible. I’ll even try some myself. Let’s begin with the most pressing question. How do you pronounce ‘Xanxa’? Xanxa: [Laughs] As the old saying goes, if I had a dollar (or a pound) for eve

Character Profile: Ursula Cadogan

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Image of Ursula Cadogan made using Dark Academia Aesthetic @  https://meiker.io Name: Ursula Cadogan Origin: Virian Appearance: Short stature, thin build, pale skin, dark eyes, long tangled brown hair, streaked with grey.   Usually wears brown shapeless robes and a ragged grey cloak. Personality: Quietly spoken but very manipulative.   Can seem pleasant but always has her own agenda. Family: Grandmother Dorota Cadogan (died before Ursula was born), Mother Vanessa Cadogan (later executed) Strengths: Translocation, mind-control, misdirection, blood sorcery, long-distance spying via crystals. Weaknesses: Not physically strong.   Over-reliant on her powers.   Disorganised.   Lets her emotions rule her at times. Likes: The idea of being a powerful sorceress. Dislikes: Carpathians and wealthy people in general, other sorcery academies (she regards them as rivals), most other sorcerers, anyone who refuses a deal or gets in the way of her plans.  

Character Profile: Rychmaal Thirkelssen

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Image of  Rychmaal Thirkelssen made using Artflow @ artflow.ai Name: Rychmaal Thirkelssen Origin: Malvanian Appearance: Tall, thin build, very pale skin, white wavy shoulder-length hair, usually worn loose.   Dresses in black robes. Personality: Studious but not overly strict.   Motherly and protective.   More unconventional than her outward appearance suggests.   Vicious sense of humour at times.   Much loved by her students (she is a teacher of mathematics and sacred geometry at the Beryk enclave). Family: She is a single mother, never married, but has casual relationships with two other sorcerers.   Has one daughter and several grandchildren. Strengths: Intelligent, intuitive, inspirational, compassionate. Weaknesses: Over-indulges in alcohol and recreational drugs at times. Likes: Her lovers, her students, cooking, painting, going out in the countryside. Dislikes: Excessive strictness, unnecessary rules, injustice, cruelty.  

Character Profile: Sidwyk Vordern

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Name: Sidwyk Vordern Origin: Virian Appearance: Heavy build, carrying excess weight.   Pale skin, long white hair, usually worn in a tail.   Long white forked beard.   Wears oval eyeglasses in metal frames.   Dresses in traditional professorial tweed suits when going out, and scruffy old clothes when staying at home.   Formerly a teacher of science, now retired.   In his late sixties or early seventies. Personality: Kindly, eccentric.   Very sharp analytical mind and keen sense of humour.   Jovial and good-natured, rarely gets angry. Family: Blood relatives unknown.   In a relationship with Sharleen Guthrie, one of his former students. Strengths: Good academic and scientific knowledge.   Very caring and protective.   Good people skills. Weaknesses: Slow moving, unfit, not much of a fighter. Likes: Sharleen, doing scientific research, travelling, visiting museums and other places of interest. Dislikes: Physical activity, anyone who thinks the worst of him for loving a

Character Profile: Sharleen Guthrie

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Image of Sharleen Guthrie made using Modern Girl Maker @  https://meiker.io Name: Sharleen Guthrie Origin: Virian Appearance: Short and very thin.   Pale skin and long sandy-brown hair.   Wears mismatched outfits, for example, a green and orange striped sweater with a dark brown tweed skirt and red knee-length woollen socks. Personality: Highly intelligent, a lot on the nerdy side.   Loves learning new things, especially to do with science, maths and languages.   She seems older than her years, having had to look after the household and help her brothers with their schoolwork.   Excitable and enthusiastic, but also realistic. Family: Older sister, Branwen, older brother, Keith, younger brother, Diarmit.   She is in a relationship with a much older man, Sidwyk Vordern, who used to be her science teacher at school, until he retired. Strengths: Cheerful, determined, resourceful.   Can think outside the box.   Also very practical by nature. Weaknesses: Not physically strong,

Children of the Desert Slideshow

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Video trailer for my collection of short stories titled "Children of the Desert"