Welcome to the Blog Tour for Crystal Magic presented by Xpresso Book Tours! Yesterday I posted my review of Crystal Magic and today I have author Madeline Freeman discussing the inspiration behind the story in a fabulous excerpt and I have an ecopy of Crystal Magic to give away as well as the tour wide giveaway I'm happy to share!
When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.
When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?
When you strip away the magical elements, at its core, Crystal Magic is the story of a girl becoming her truest and best self. It’s the journey we all find ourselves on. One of the things I’ve learned in life—so far—is that while, at our cores, we’re often always the same person, our circumstances can bring out different facets of our personalities—sometimes unexpected ones. I want to uncover those aspects of Kristyl Barnette’s personality. If I ever get stuck, I start thinking about what kinds of craziness I can throw at her and how she might react. What will the experiences bring out about her? How can she deal with them and remain true to herself? And what are the consequences when she’s not?
But I didn’t strip away the magical elements. Why? In addition to my deep-seated and unfulfilled desire to possess some kind of supernatural ability, I like the challenges a world with beyond-ordinary complications presents. While magic affords certain solutions, it also causes problems that "normal" people don’t have to deal with. And, let’s face it, it’s just cool.
So, Crystal Magic pulls its inspiration from some of the same places I think most authors find their stories: real life experiences, natural curiosity, and the longing for something more.