Title: The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan le Fay
Pub date: October 1, 2011
Morgan Le Fay -- seducer of King Arthur, sorceress, destroyer of Britain -- was a girl once.
How does an exiled girl become a king’s nemesis? When Uter Penndragon uses Merlin’s magic to seduce her mother and murder her father, eight-year-old Morgan has to flee to Ireland to avoid being killed herself. But Ireland is no refuge. She’s captured in a slave raid and sold to a village witch. As Morgan comes of age, she discovers her own primal magic, fueled by vengeful rage. She escapes and finds passion with a young Irish chieftain. But will her drive for revenge destroy her one
chance for love and happiness?
Hmm, well, there are a few. I blog a great deal about screenwriting; and there’s a website promoting my screenwriting books, CRAFTY SCREENWRITING: WRITING MOVIES THAT GET MADE and CRAFTY TV WRITING: THINKING INSIDE THE BOX.
Theoretically I have a blog to promote this book, but I haven’t found myself posting there. I shall have to do that more.
What made you decide to be a writer?
I don’t think I ever decided to be a writer. I just wrote. Eventually they started being nice enough to pay me for it.
I wrote stories and poems in high school, then more stories in college. People kept telling me I had a visual imagination, so at a certain point it seemed like a good idea to write screenplays. For one thing, you can make a living writing screenplays. THE CIRCLE CAST is a labor of love; I couldn’t not write it. But most of my writing is for the screen.
Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN series, AMERICAN GODS and NEVERWHERE. Neil Stephenson’s SNOW CRASH, CRYPTONOMICON and the Baroque cycle.
Morning person or a night owl?
Parent of a six year old. Heh.
PC or Mac?
Evangelically Mac. Long ago when I was a computer science major, I had to use PCs, back in the dark days of DOS. I have never understood why people put up with the abuse.
What did you have for dinner today?
I'm just about to go to dinner. Good questions. Let's hope for pan-seared scallops.
Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
1) I can remember almost nothing from before I was 13. I don’t know why. I don’t think I had an acute trauma or anything.
2) When I was a teenager, I used to spend hours playing war games. With paper maps, and cardboard units, and dice. West Point tried to recruit me. I think I would have loved the Army. I’d be in Afghanistan right now. It’s a road not taken.
3) When I lived in California, I did a lot of spiritual searching. I went to Quaker meeting for a while. I was in a Wiccan circle for a while, but the rituals I imagined were always better than the rituals we did, and I almost never felt any power being raised. I had fun writing the rituals, though. Now I don’t do anything very spiritual at all, unless you count putting my daughter to bed, which I kind of do.
4) I met my wife when we were 16. Then we went off and married the wrong people. We got it right the second time around.
5) When I was younger, I was extremely poor at guessing what other people were feeling. I believe I probably had undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome. It still sometimes bites me in the ass. Sometimes, at a party, I run out of mana to talk to people, and I have to go and hide for ten minutes. Happens at my own parties, too.
6) In high school, I really wanted to be part of the in crowd. Many years later, I realize I probably was.
7) I used to be afraid of dying without having done anything important. Now I’m only afraid of dying before my kids can take care of themselves.
8) I believe in God, but there are a lot of compelling arguments that She doesn’t exist.
9) I find it hard to write with music on. I find it impossible to write with the TV on.
10) I have pursued a high risk life in a steadfast, kind of stolid way. I take very few risks, except for the really huge ones that could have been major disasters if they hadn't worked out. I would not advise anyone else to become a screenwriter, or insist on the first girl you fell in love with. Amazingly, it worked out.
11) I consider myself blessed.