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All About: The Mage’s Secret by Ami Spencer

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The Mage’s Secret

by Ami Spencer

Released: Jan 25, 2024

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Why this book and why now?

Writers block. Binge watching box sets. A fever dream.

I’d not written anything for weeks before I started Mage, and instead indulged on catching up with some long overdue TV. I’m a fantasy and sci-fi nerd at heart, even though I never considered writing that genre, and so spent a few weeks over Christmas watching some old favouritesand some new finds. I played around with a few ideas, and the NYE 2022 I was sick and in bed by 9pm. Half way through the night, I had a weird dream which kind of included the characters I was fleshing out…it became a pivotal scene in the book!

Do your character names have special significance or meaning?

Yes! The meanings of the names were very important in this book; I wanted that alternative, mystical feel to them, while being unique to the character. Av (or Avani, which is their given name) means earth, while Sare (Seraphine) means fire. There’s a whole conversation in one chapter about the meaning of names.

The characters also have nicknames given to them by Av’s father (Av is Squirrel, and Sare is Fae) both of which also have a story behind them.

What 3 things would your main character want with them if they got stranded away from civilization, and why?

Av would want their obsidian scry, their rune and a crate of good, homemade cider!

One of your main characters is planning a romantic night. Tell us about it.

It would be simple, yet full of consideration. Wine chilling ready when you walk through the door, a hot bath run, dinner made (even though Av isn’t the greatest cook). They’re the type of person who sees romance in the small gestures, not necessarily the grand ones.

Publishing a book is a huge accomplishment and it’s time to party! Choose a celebratory beverage for one of your main characters to toast the release of your new book.

A good old fashioned, traditionally brewed apple cider! Probably made in the shed of one of their friends, and with no idea how strong it is from one batch to the next!

Meet Ami Spencer!

Ami Spencer has always been writing in some way or another, but it wasn’t until long, lonely night feeds with their second baby that they started to take it seriously.

Originally from Norfolk, they now live just outside Halifax, with their partner, two children, Bracken the Red Fox Lab and Macavity the Bengal cat, both of which can regularly be seen on their Twitter feed, impeding them in some way from writing.

During the day they work as a Quality Assurance Officer, which perfectly suits their fastidious (some would say picky) nature. Prior to that, they have been a Forensic Scientist, school lab technician and expert pint puller.

When not working, writing or child-wrangling, they can usually be found reading (either as a beta reader, or indulging in Thasmin or Talder fanfiction), binging their favourite boxsets (Doctor Who, The West Wing, Fort Salem to name but a few). or partaking in a gin and tonic. If they have the energy, and the Yorkshire weather is being kind, you can find them taking a walk; be it strolling around Shibden Park or a scramble through the craggs at Hebden Bridge.

On their social media you can usually find them complaining about something, speaking up about mental health, or waffling on about Doctor Who.

As for their writing, they love to write (and read) about sapphic love set amongst the struggles of real life; they are currently working on ideas dealing with topics such as depression, autism, coming out as non-binary, post-natal depression and PTSD.

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