Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?
The blunt end of wizardy; the everyday magical work, at street level. Lots of responsibility, seriously low wages, but luckily there’s plenty of built-in low self-esteem.
What was the genesis of the story–what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?
A blank piece of paper, a pencil, and a deadline.
Was this story a particularly challenging one to write? If so, how?
After writing so many books where the world, all Humanity, an even existence itself is at risk, it was good to write a story with everyday people, in an everyday setting.
Most authors say all their stories are personal. If that’s true for you, in what way was this story personal to you?
Ah, those memories of old Soho in London; will I ever stop mining them? I met enough real characters there to last out my career.
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
A day trip to London, checking out old haunts, drinking in pubs, and enjoying those interesting cards ladies leave in phone boxes.
What is the appeal of wizard fiction? Why do so many writers–or you yourself–write about it? Why do readers love it so much?
All men like to play with their wand.
What are some of your favorite examples of wizard fiction, and what makes them your favorites?
The best wizard novel ever, and quite possibly my favourite novel ever, is John Bellairs’ The Face in the Frost.