A Wizard’s Choice
by Maya Tyler
GENRE: Paranormal romance
Dreams or duty?
Wizard apprentice Kurtis Warde doesn’t want to become a full-fledged wizard, but he feels obligated to his grandfather who raised him. Making The Choice, whether or not to become a wizard and join The Circle, doesn’t feel like a choice at all. Leaving The Circle would give Kurtis the freedom to follow his own dreams, and to pursue vampiress, Dee, who has always intrigued him. He knows there’s more to Dee than the icy being she portrays, but will she give him a chance to know the real her?
There is unrest in the magical world. Fairies, a magical being thought to be long extinct, still exist. And the long-time feud between wizards and fairies threatens everyone Kurtis cares about, including his life coach, Alina, who has quickly become a close friend. And perhaps more. He discovers his connection to the ancient beings The Annunaki, the ancestors of wizards and fairies, may be key to the future. The more he uncovers, the more questions he has.
Will Kurtis choose to follow his heart or risk sacrificing his own happiness for peace in the magical world?
“Waldor.” Emotion—relief and love—flooded Kurtis’ voice. He released the breath he’d unconsciously held, scanning Waldor for obvious injury.
“I’m in one piece, Kurtis.” Waldor pushed past him to unlock the cottage. “You can quit being a fusspot.”
Kurtis chuckled at Waldor’s mock irritation, unfazed by his grandfather’s gruff ways. They didn’t need to exchange words to know how relieved they both were for the other’s safety.
Waldor filled the kettle and, a moment later, the sound of a cheery whistle blasted from the small kitchen. Kurtis joined Waldor at the table. They sat in silence, wrapping their large hands around mugs of steaming tea.
“The kind of potent brew you need after a night like this to settle your thoughts.”
Kurtis grunted in response.
“What’s on your mind, my boy?”
What do I tell Waldor? Conflicted thoughts swirled around in his brain. Am I really that transparent?
Waldor smiled as if he knew all Kurtis’ secrets. “I know you. I raised you from a little baby.”
“I know.” He scowled, guilt gnawing at the lining in his stomach. How can I tell him? How can I break his heart? Like my father.
Waldor took his time to sip his tea as if waiting for Kurtis to open up.
Will I ever have the courage to leave? He cast a mournful eye around the small cottage, the only home he’d ever known. “Where is my father? Do you know?”
Waldor recoiled, looking like he’d been punched in the gut. “I don’t know.”
What do you know? What are you keeping from me? Kurtis paused before asking his next question, torn between his aversion to causing Waldor pain and desire for finding answers. “Do you know…Who is my mother?”
Something akin to fear, shame perhaps, lurked in Waldor’s eyes. He focused his intense gaze on Kurtis. “Yes.”
Where does your inspiration to write come from
Why I Write by Maya Tyler
To quote Flannery O’Connor: “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” I imagine I’m not the only author who feels this way. The written word comes far more easily for me than the spoken word. If I’m angry about something, I’m more likely to write a letter or an essay than make a phone call. I need to process my thoughts before drawing conclusions and taking actions. Emotions accumulate inside me and, without the ability to write, I fear I would explode.
Many well-known artists and writers—for instance, Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and Chris Cornell—have suffered with mental health issues, suggesting a connection between creativity and mental illness. After all, according to Aristotle, “No great genius has ever existed without a strain of madness.”
Are highly creative people more likely to have mental health issues?
Since the early 1960s, The University of Gothenburg has been testing intelligence in large groups of 13-year-olds in Sweden. This study has shown that “those who were exceptionally creative were also four times more likely to have bipolar.” Researchers also noted “a strong correlation between writers and schizophrenia.”
In 2013, The Journal of Psychiatric Research published a study finding “being an author was specifically associated with increased likelihood of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.”
A recent compilation of research studying the predisposition of those with high intelligence quotient (IQ) or hyper brain “to certain psychological disorders as well as physiological conditions involving elevated sensory, and altered immune and inflammatory responses (hyper body)” showed those with high IQ were at a higher risk for psychological disorders and physiological diseases, like allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases.
Perhaps, creativity is not a precursor to mental illness, but a display of intelligence. High intelligence leads to questioning and analyzing the world around you. You don’t accept things at face value. You identify ways to improve, and you want to make a difference. Often, your findings change the way you view the world and yourself. Logic, a trait of intelligence, can’t always explain why events happened or how to process your emotions.
Something to think about.
I’m not making grandiose claims of exceptional creativity or high intelligence. I just know I write, and it is a very necessary part of my life. My inspiration to write is really a compulsion to write. A way to acknowledge my emotions and stay grounded. A way to come to terms with reality. And keep my demons at bay. For now.
Karpinski, Ruth I., & Borowski, Thomas B. (January-February 2018). “High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities.” Science Direct, Volume 66, Pages 8-23.
Perry, Philip. (July 25, 2017). “Is There a Link between Creativity and Mental Illness?” Big Think.
University of Gothenburg. (May 12, 2009). “Teenagers Are Becoming Increasingly Logical, Swedish Study Finds.” Science Daily.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Maya Tyler is a multi-published author of paranormal romance novels and blogger at Maya’s Musings (https://mayatylerauthor.blogspot.com/). An avid reader, Maya writes the books she loves to read—romances! She still believes that “True Love’s Kiss” is the most powerful thing in the world. Her paranormal romances come with complex plot twists and happily-ever-afters.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, listening to music (alternative rock, especially from the 1990s), practicing yoga, and watching movies and TV.
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