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Laura Engelhardt Hi Mark, what a fun question! It all started with Mira and the ethics of lying. There are a few fantasy series where the main character gets whisked i…moreHi Mark, what a fun question! It all started with Mira and the ethics of lying. There are a few fantasy series where the main character gets whisked into another world, having to leave their families behind and start over. Yes, they get amazing magical powers in this new world, but they've had to leave their children behind. These characters have never felt real or true to me. As a reader, I've found the parts where they whine about their lost families a little boring or have felt they seemed to get over the trauma a bit too quickly. I wanted to see if I could draw up a more realistic character who wasn't annoying :)

Here, Mira is able to keep her family post-transformation but is forced to lie to them. I love that kind of tension. Can you have a real relationship when you are disguising so much of yourself? Is it ethical?

I actually wrote maybe 10,000 words about a family gathering to explore this theme. In an early edit round, I wound up cutting it because it didn't move the story forward. Still, Mira was my inspiration & while I don't think she's a favorite character for most of my readers, I have a soft spot for her!

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Laura Engelhardt Right now, I'm finishing up a book celebrating the Songs of the Suffragists for my chapter of the League of Women Voters. 2020 marks the centennial of…moreRight now, I'm finishing up a book celebrating the Songs of the Suffragists for my chapter of the League of Women Voters. 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

But now that it's almost done ... I did dust off my outline for Book Two of the Fifth Mage War & finished my first draft of Chapter One yesterday. Onto Chapter Two!(less)
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