Meet Guest Author Claire Bridgeman

 

Claire BridgemanI am a secondary school English teacher living in Norwich, England, with my husband, 1 year old daughter Pearl, a black fluffy cat and the fly infestation currently inhabiting the conservatory. I have written many books but it was only in 2013, at the age of 28, that I felt my work was good enough to be thrust upon the general public. I think it’s an awful shame that there isn’t more creative writing in the current education system of the UK and believe that every child should be encouraged to explore the wondrous depths of his or her imagination through an artistic medium.

I love all things fantasy. At the age of 16 I went to see The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring at the cinema 7 times. I recently replayed Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark just to relive the Valen Shadowbreath romance. I wish that Alistair from Dragon Age was a real person (so I could marry him). My favourite book series is the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I met him once. He was very nice.

My debut novel is an amalgamation of all my favourite fantasy things – a pinch of Dungeons & Dragons, mix in some Buffy the Vampire Slayer (without the vampires) and top the whole thing off with a sprinkling of Harry Potter and there you have it – the Spellweaver Chronicles. I hope to tell human stories as much as fantasy ones, stories that deal with common, everyday themes and feelings like love, loss, grief, friendship and bullying. I also want to explore human emotion and experience using the fantasy genre, and with urban fantasy in particular, I feel that I has found the place to plant my stories and watch them grow.

SWFelicity Lucas never really knew her mother. Even though they had lived together for all the fourteen years that Felicity had been alive, they had barely even had a meaningful conversation. It was a relationship that was far from perfect.

So when her mother dies in a car crash and Felicity is sent to live with her estranged father in a deprived London borough, she is determined to move on. It isn’t easy – content with her solitude, she’s never had friends before, but the most popular girl in her new school won’t leave her alone and she’s forced to attend counselling. To make things worse, it’s obvious that her father doesn’t want her around.

It is only after she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a strange boy who can conjure flames in his hands that she starts to realise that her mother was far more than what she seemed. She had a great many secrets, secrets that promise to thrust Felicity into a terrifying world of magic and straight into the path of beings who are determined to destroy her…

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