Guest Author Malia Ann Haberman and how ‘The Chase Tinker’ Series began.

 Malia Ann Haberman

The Chase Tinker Series…it started with a dream…

One night, about eight years ago, I dreamed I was living in a gigantic, fancy house where every room had magic in it, and any room I went into I could perform the superpower that lived in there. For the life of me I couldn’t remember what powers I performed in my dream, but thank goodness the rest of it stuck with me. When I told my daughter about it the next day, she thought it sounded like an awesome idea for a Middle Grade/Tween book. Right away we both started thinking up other ideas.

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First off, we needed a good family (The Tinkers) to live in the house, along with some evil guys to battle over it with (The Marlowes). We decided that every Tinker would have their own unique magical ability, and then whenever someone died their magic would live on in the Tinker home as a new room. Any Tinker who went into that room would then be able to perform that particular power. I knew the powers I gave to my main characters would have to be extra special and important because each character had to have just the right magical ability for their personality, and it also had to help move the plot along in a fun and exciting way.

I also had to decide exactly where these powers would originate from. My daughter argued that having all the magic coming from the “Powers That Be” sounded way too cliché. And so the “Relic in the attic” was born—along with the “lost Shard of Magic”.

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Now I had to think of a bunch of magical powers. Of course, you have your most common ones such as, telekinesis, stopping time, teleporting, etc., but I needed a whole lot more than that. Maybe some unusual ones, like, the ability to shoot almost anything you want out of your nose. (My daughter thought up that one.) So, you want a pizza? Pop! There it is. A new basketball or T-shirt? No problem. Just say what you want and it bursts right out of your nostrils. Or, how about the ability to turn your feet into any type of footwear? Or the power to make a whole bunch of clones of yourself?

Before I knew it, everywhere I went I found myself asking people that question most of us have asked ourselves at some point in our lives: If you could have any magical power, what would it be?

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The clerk at the grocery store wanted eyes in the back of her head; a mom with several kids wanted extra arms; a postal worker wanted light speed power. One of my neighbors wanted the ability to attract more chicks. Ugh! Needless to say, that one didn’t make it into the house. (Sorry guys.) I found out that one of the most popular powers people wanted was the ability to fly. I guess they were all Superman fans. Another popular power was to become invisible. Hmm…I wonder why? (I was afraid to ask.)

I really had a lot of fun coming up with all the different magical powers and ideas and then building a creative and adventurous story around them, while developing a nice group of awesome characters. I know there are loads of books and movies out there with magical people, so I tried my hardest to make my book as unique and imaginative as possible.

Oh, and by the way, if you could have any magical power, what would that be? 🙂

(Find out more about Malia and her books HERE)

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4 thoughts on “Guest Author Malia Ann Haberman and how ‘The Chase Tinker’ Series began.

  1. Malia Ann Haberman’s books are outstanding. I’m nearing the end of book 3, and I’m dying to know how she is going to wrap up her series with book 4. But at the same time, I’m not ready to part ways with the incredible Chase Tinker.

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