The Kithseeker by M.K. Wiseman
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.
Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.
K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.
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How did you come up with the idea for this book?
In 2004 I had a very vivid post-surgery dream that just… it haunted me for weeks. As I had a bit of down time, I set about ‘solving it’ looking at it the dream as though it had posed actual questions to be answered: Who were theses people? What about their actions mattered? In the end, my work in the ‘collection preservation and book assessment’ department of the campus library helped me develop the rest of the “aboutness” for the Bookminder series.
What was your favorite thing about each character?
Nagarath’s bone-headed-ness; Liara’s resolve. (Terrible combination, really. I love it.)
Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?
The series has a Spotify playlist, actually. But I don’t listen to it while I work. Music distracts me more often than not. You see, my brain tends to latch on to musical sounds and ride along the ebb and flow of lyrics and notes so, for writing, I prefer birdsong, rain on a windowpane, coffee shop chatter, etc. Oddly enough, I cannot write in silence. My brain makes too much ‘noise’ when it’s quiet.
Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?
I’ll indulge in a decaf coffee (and if there’s a good pastry handy, that too) but often I won’t have a thing. Actually, when in the thick of it, I will forget food and drink and getting-out-of-my-chair and the world at large.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Well, I fell into writing sorta from an unexpected direction (I was trying to become a Pixar animator when I started writing the manuscript that was to become my first novel.) I found my publisher via an offhand remark on Twitter and so don’t really know when/how I consciously became aware that I wanted to be a writer. Odd answer? It’s sorta like that old frog in boiling water analogy. I know now that I want to be a writer … but that’s kinda because I don’t think I could envision stopping at this point. I’ve grown a bit obsessed.
What are some are your favorite reads?
Gammage Cup, Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, Bridge to Terabithia, Redwall series, Mary Russell series, the original Sherlock Holmes stories … I tend to re-wear the same grooves over and over. Some of these listed I’ve read upwards of 2-3 dozen times. Sometimes (ha!) I’ll just pick up a favorite and read about 30 pages of it and then put it back on the shelf, having satisfied some sort of unknown need within me. I have a massive and swaying TBR pile in my office (and on Goodreads) that I really need to tackle. I’ve probably a few new favorites I have not yet discovered. 🙂