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Author Q&A ft by K. Stevens | Abracadabra Book Tour | Paranormal Urban Fantasy

What inspired you to write this book? 1 Part inspiration from my dad, 1 Part inspiration from Now You See Me, 2 Parts previous b...

What inspired you to write this book?

1 Part inspiration from my dad, 1 Part inspiration from Now You See Me, 2 Parts previous books, and a pinch of the main character deciding it was his turn to have a book.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ll let you know once I finish my time machine.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Abracadabra?

Half of the things that came out of Rod’s mouth were his fault.

Olyvia isn’t as tough as she pretends she is; she’s got a soft spot.

Layla is a mystery (to me as well, sometimes).

Sparrow was an accidental appearance that I loved.

Grace and the other spirits were all characters that came from my very first fantasy ‘novel’, a Word95 Document I wrote when I was 12. They’ve all been with me in some shape or form since then, appearing throughout much of my work.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

Most of the characters carried over from previous works; Olyvia and Jules had books at the time that Abracadabra followed (one of which I’m in the process of revising), Grace and the other spirits carried over from one of my very first stories, Layla semi-included in both the previous categories. Rod himself was sort of an accident that stuck, and many of his mannerisms were inspired by bits and pieces of my dad. The rest were inspired by me, lol. Well, that and the concept of ‘you don’t want to fight a magician’, as they’ll use tricks and cons to dodge and fight back (really, spurred on by that scene from Now You See Me where Dillan fights Jack Wilder)

The concept of the book went from ‘introductory piece while continuing the story started with Olyvia’ to completely off the rails, swap-em kind of story. I wound up with three similar but different versions, and instead of picking one I found a way to merge all three storylines under a simple, single idea: The Three-Card Monte. After I figured that out, everything sort of fell into place.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Honestly, I loved writing the book The whole experience. It went from idea to possibility to train wreck to idea to frankenstein to destruction to con game to completion. So. Much. Stuff. Happened! But I honestly think my favorite bit was piecing together the three different stories in a way that made sense, didn’t overlap, and the use of cell phones as scene changers.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

Rod is one of those that has been around for a very, very, VERY long time. He’s seen things come and go, wars fought, and people he thought he was close to die off while he remained. He’s got a tinsey bit of abandonment issues, but these don’t come out as clingy so much as they do ‘disinterested’. He figured out that if he remains distant from others (to a certain extent), then it won’t hurt so much when they leave him...and his general attitude is that everyone will leave him eventually, either through walking out or dying. He’s not completely absolutist, though, as there are a few exceptions due to their own lifespans and survival interest -- and Olyvia is one of those people. It’s one of the reasons he so carefully guards her without actively guarding her; he can’t stand the idea of someone taking her away from him, but yet refuses to get completely attached to her.

As for Olyvia herself, she keeps others at arms length due to an...unfortunate past that constantly makes her think of herself as a monster. Instead of wallowing in sorrow or sulking away into a cave, however, she’s dedicated herself to this idea (so she thinks) and refused to admit there might be more to the story. She’s fairly long-lived, and in that time has become confident in her own ability to think and fight her way through any given problem. She resents feeling trapped, pressured, or someone lording secret knowledge over her, but her lifetime has taught her patience and restraint...which is what makes it so much harder to deal with Layla, the half-elf that is a puzzle unto herself.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

If you turn one of those compressed air cans upside down and use it on the inside of a computer that is still plugged in, you can set the computer on fire.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Personally I’d love for Robin Lord Taylor to play the lead, but I think that’s just me.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Yes. Read the book.

...Then write reviews of the book and tell your friends.

How did you come up with name of this book?

My mom and I were brainstorming names. I couldn’t find the right words to give the right impression of the book without giving away the whole game. We figured out the main theme that would fit was something to do with ‘magic’, but more the ‘wave a wand on stage’ kind of magic. I turned to her and asked what magicians say when they perform and she pops out with “Abracadabra!” I laughed and felt like it was there ya go.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

Probably the pirate ship battle in the sky. It was fun to write, it was fun to research, and...well, now I have a book where pirates have sky-ships and they have a battle with cannons.

Either that or the bit with Turtle Island. I loved putting together the bits of the island and all the rules and how the Community worked.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Dealing with my characters and story is somewhat like dealing with my actual mare; I’ve got the reigns until she decides she’s got an opinion on how I’m using said reigns. We then have a rousing debate about who’s really in control, which I win by convincing her it’s too much work to fight me. By then we’re so far off the starting point that I have to either trek all the way back (which would take too long and likely get us more lost) or pick a new path and continue on.

So long story short, the answer to this question is a resounding “yes”.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Sure. You want me to perform mass hypnosis or...? I mean, I think the book is fun. I had fun writing it. I want people to have fun reading it. It’s a great bit of escapism. Fun escapism.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Most of my books are as of yet unpublished; either they’re very old and need revision, or...actually that’s it. Most of them are some level of old and/or need a bit of refurbishing. Some are finished but not necessarily relevant to where the story has currently gone. But, if I’m honest, I’ve hidden several of them under a rock in hopes they grow into a finished product.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

It would be one of those candles that have three layers; one scent would be some kind of musty wood cabin (Miles’ ship), the second would be whatever scent comes with old tapestries settled inside an ancient castle (Sparrow’s castle), and I imagine the last scent would be the strong smell an underground cavern would have (Afanasiy’s lair).

...Don’t know that it would smell that great, but still. Either all that or the entire candle would smell like a fresh set of playing cards, with the plastic just peeled from the deck.

What did you edit out of this book?


by K. Stevens 
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy 

Magic and mayhem are his middle names. Figuratively. Not literally. He's not sure he even has a middle name, let alone two. 

Rod's a trickster by trade, magician by hobby, and thief by night. But when an old friend hunts him down and asks a favor, he can't refuse. Mostly because she'll likely try to kill him before asking again. But also because it presents a very interesting puzzle: to hunt down what a half-elf, magic weapons, and a killer-led cult of shapeshifters have to do with each other. 

Lucky for him, Rod has the ability to be in three places at once. The problem? Even he can't always tell which him is the real him. 

From an early age, K. Stevens devoured all things magical and mystical. To this day, she hesitantly struggles to keep one foot in reality while the rest of her remains firmly rooted in the fantastic and insane. In 2015, she finally worked up enough courage to share her stories with more than just her family, and was encouraged by the fact that she wasn’t eaten alive for it. She may be the crazy lady that talks to bugs and stares incessantly into the sky, but don’t mind her. She’s just thinking. 

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