Many thanks to Bitten By Books for inviting me to visit today and introduce my Guardian Witch series. Since meeting my 23-year-old witch seemed like a logical first step, I tracked her down at the Magic Hall, where she reports to her bosses.
“Wow, this is more impressive than I imagined!” I said, looking around. Even though I had written about the stone hall in my books, it’s imposing thirteenth century style took me by surprise. It was gothic looking.
The slender, athletic blonde striding next to me didn’t comment. I guess she wasn’t into chitchat, more the action type.
She threw opens a heavy wood door, and I sat at the conference table inside. Before joining me, she poured us coffee from a pot. “What exactly do you need to know?” she asked, her green eyes gleaming with speculation.
“Just tell our readers about yourself.” I opened my laptop on the table. “Start talking, and I’ll type.”
“My name’s Ari Calin. I’m a supernatural cop, and I catch bad guys.” She crossed one jeans-clad leg over the other. The jeans and t-shirt were black, matching the boots.
I looked at her. “More?”
She sighed, frowning slightly. “Okay, but isn’t this stuff in the books? I’m a practicing fire witch from an ancient bloodline of Calin witches. But I was also born with the birthmark.” She pointed to her ankle. “It’s a crescent moon. That meant I was destined to be a guardian for the Magic Council, the officials of the Otherworld. Besides witchcraft, I’m trained in martial arts and weaponry. Now I patrol the streets of Olde Town, the district where most of the vampires live.”
“Talk about the weapons, especially your witch fire.”
She shrugged. “When necessary, I can shoot magical fire from my fingertips.” Ari raised one hand and wiggled her fingers, producing a ball of sparks.
I nodded, suitably impressed.
“It’s handy, but mostly I use these.” She slid a silver dagger from a waist sheath and laid it on the table. While I paused my typing to stare at the wicked-looking blade, she retrieved a derringer from her ankle holster. “This is loaded with silver bullets. And, of course, I always carry protection charms.” She jingled her bracelet and identified each trinket. “Silver cross, vial of holy water, a healing seed, and these are amulets. My Great-Gran gave me this.”
“I can see you know how to take care of yourself. Do you always work alone?”
“Um, yeah, when I can. It’s easier. You get to make your own rules. But if humans are involved, I partner with this human cop. Actually, Ryan’s pretty cool. And cute.” Her eyes crinkled, and she grinned with mischief. “Be sure to write that last part down. He’ll hate it.”
I smiled and made a note. “So, what do you do when you’re not working? Do you date? Party?”
“Well, sure. I hang out with my BFF, Claris. Date now and then. But I’m always on call—24/7, and I get interrupted a lot.”
As if on cue, her cell phone rang. She looked at the ID, and her cop face slid into place. Several heartbeats ticked off as she listened to the caller. “Sorry,” she said to me, popping to her feet. “A fight on the vampire strip. I’m off.” She grabbed her weapons from the table and sprinted out the door.
I closed the laptop shaking my head. Getting Ari to talk was almost as bad as catching her. I couldn’t really complain though. Every time she got called away like this, I had the beginnings of a new story!
Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After working as a lawyer and a juvenile court officer, she turned to full-time writing. When not at the keyboard working on the next adventure (or on Twitter), she enjoys family events, traveling or playing with her Miniature Pinscher dog, Ranger.
Awakening the Fire (available now) is the debut novel in the Guardian Witch series. Fire Within (Book Two) will be released Dec. 14, 2012.
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