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?
Something sharp poked him in the arm. Keeping his eyes closed, he batted the culprit—probably an insect looking for its breakfast—away. It poked him again, jabbing a little deeper.
“Go away.” Kurtis plopped his pillow over his face.
In a sudden, fluid motion, his bedding—sheets, comforter, and pillows—flew off his bed. He found himself laid on a bare mattress, staring at a black magic wand, suspended in mid-air.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” He raised his hands, careful not to make any sudden moves. Who owns this wand? Friend or foe? The wand had no equal, finely made from black walnut tree wood with a smooth and plain handle sandwiched between corkscrew-like carvings. The body tapered neatly to a dull point. The wand turned in the air, and Kurtis saw the distinctive “W” of his family crest engraved into the tip of the tenon. Waldor’s wand.
Like a compass needle, the wand pointed its desired direction. Unsanctioned movement was highly unusual behavior for a wand. But no stranger than anything else that happened in the last few days. He shrugged and followed the wand. It led him into the basement to the Spell Laboratory.
After a quick glance around the room, Kurtis determined nothing had changed. Nothing stood out as noteworthy. He glared at the wand. “If this wild goose chase is your idea of fun, then I’m going back to bed.”
Ignoring Kurtis’ threat—as if a wand could respond—it floated toward the far wall and rammed itself into a stone brick. An entire section of the wall rescinded, revealing a hidden passage.
“What?” His mouth gaped open. “How did I miss this?”
The wand disappeared into the now exposed hallway.
“Wait for me.” I can’t believe I’m talking to a wand.
Topic: 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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