Interview with Carl j England

Author of Hidden Magic by C.J. Nash

After 4 years in the military belonging of one of the "alphabet" agencies, I know how far these agencies will go to protect national security. I also know how far they will go to cover up their activities. It is from this perspective that I wrote Alphabet Soup.

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How would you describe Hidden Magic to a new reader?
  • Fantasy written for teens, young adults, and anyone of any age who enjoys a good fantasy.
What was the inspiration behind Hidden Magic ?
  • I love light fantasy novels. I enjoy writing fantasy and science fiction.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Piers Anthony is my favorite fantasy novelist. I enjoy his mixture of fantasy and humor in the Xanth series. Hidden Magic is that type of light fantasy (but without the humor.)
Can you tell us a little about the locations in the book?
  • Hidden Magic is based in the fantasy realm of Morania. In Mornia, most (but not all) residents are able to perform magic to some degree.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors? How would you advise a new author about traditional publishing versus self publishing?
  • A traditional publisher will provide the editing and cover art for your book. They may provide some or all marketing. If your book is accepted by a traditional publisher (not a vanity publisher that will require you to pay to be published,) you can be sure that your work is "good enough" to be published. When you self-publish, you are responsible for editing and cover art. Good editing and art can be fairly expensive or, if you know the right people, it can be had very cheaply. I have taken both routes to publishing.
What's your writing process?
  • I always make a spreadsheet with all the character names, occupations, demeanor, etc. I include main events in the spreadsheet. As I write, I refer to the spreadsheet and add notes to keep the story line consistent. I try to stick to the spreadsheet while writing but sometimes my characters want to take the story in an entirely different direction. I rarely argue with my characters--they usually know the story better than I do.
Which character in Hidden Magic has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Alena has an unknown magical talent that is vital in dealing with the fate that has been thrust upon her.
I noticed that you are using a pseudonym with this novel. Could you tell me why.
  • I write science fiction and fantasy under the name C.J. Nash, and I write mysteries and thrillers under my real name. I don't want someone who just enjoys light fantasy to pick up a one of my other books and expect it to be in the same genre.
How have readers responded to Hidden Magic?
  • Everyone who has read Hidden Magic has given me very positive feedback.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • I have a science fiction novel (intended for the 18+ readers) that I am currently trying to place with a publisher.
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Alena is a member of the royal family of Morania. She doesn't realize her importance until Baldric tries to persuade her to marry his son for political reasons. To escape the pressure that she is sure that Baldric will exert toward that end, Alena decides to run away on an adventure that will forever change her.There is magic in Morania. Though most of the residents have little or no magical Talents, a few have magic most powerful and deadly. Alena, along with her traveling companion (who has his own secrets that he is sworn never to tell), are destined to travel a dangerous path.At the end of their journey all secrets will be revealed.