Claire M. Banschbach
A curse. A murderous scheme. A choice.
A witch and her master capture a young faery and command her to kill their enemy. Adela has no choice but to obey. If she does not, they will force the location of her people’s mountain home from her and kill her. To make matters even worse, the person she is to kill is only a man struggling to save his dying land and mend a broken heart.
Count Stefan is a man simply trying to forget the woman he loves and save a land crippled by drought. When a mysterious woman arrives at his castle claiming to be a seamstress, he knows she is more than she seems.
Adela enlists the help of Damian, another faery, to try and delay the inevitable. He insists she has a choice. But with the witch controlling her every move, does she?
About the Author
Claire Banschbach was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?
Of course! I’m a twenty-three year old graduate student, working on my degree in physical therapy. I’m a native west Texan and love almost everything about it! Hobbies include reading, writing, and watching super hero TV shows. Fun fact – How To Train Your Dragon and Gladiator are my favorite movies. Tea or coffee? Neither! I don’t really like hot drinks and I tend to stay away from caffeine. I drink a lot of water.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Ooh, tough question! I actually really loved writing the interaction between two minor characters. They are one of my favorite parts of the book. They remind me of Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
You’re going to force me to admit I’m not a faery. Lol! It all pretty much stemmed from my overactive imagination.
What inspired you to write this book?
Well, I woke up one morning and the image of an injured faery in a forest clearing popped into my head. Naturally, I was pretty curious about the circumstances that had brought him there, so I set off to investigate and Adela’s Curse was born!
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
C.S. Lewis is the biggie, but I faithfully read all of Brian Jaques’ books. The Redwall stories really deepened my love for fantastic heroes and adventures. I discovered Steven Lawhead as a teen and his stories really influenced me as well.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
I wholeheartedly agree with the standard advice of “keep writing” and “read your genre”. But I also think that it’s important to write what you want and don’t worry about what your readers might think. I’ve found that if you really feel compelled to write something, then it probably needs to be said.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
A great big giant thank you for the support and encouragement! Really and truly. I love hearing that people enjoy my stories. Keep being awesome.
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