Come one come all to one of the most extraordinary magic shows you will ever see. Today’s special guest has amazing talent and her performance is sure to wow you. Her name is Henrietta Howel and she is the only female sorcerer in the world. She has the ability to control all the elements but her specialty is fire. She is currently training to become one of Her Majesty’s Royal sorcerers. If she is chosen to join the ranks her job will Require her to protect the people of England against the demons ravaging the land. Before Ms. Howel starts her spectacular show she has agreed to answer a few questions for us.
Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Ms. Howel! Thank you so much for agreeing to join us today. First off would you mind introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about the powers you posses?
Ms. Howel: Thank you so much for having me! My powers are a bit on the strange side, I must confess. What happens is, I feel this sort of tingling along the lines of my palms, then the tingling shoots through my body, and then, well, I burst into flame. I can set only my hands on fire, or my feet, or my face, or sometimes I’ll just explode when I’m rather cross with someone. By explode, I mean I’ll quite literally be covered in flame from head to toe. I must mind the rug when that happens. Also, not that it is anyone’s business, but my clothes do not turn to ash when I ignite. They stay right where they’re supposed to be, proper and in place. Because I’ve had that question before. Honestly, the nerve of some people…
DFT: For most of your life you have had to hide your powers from everyone because being exposed meant that you would be put to death. How much of a relief was it to you when you no longer had to hide who you were?
Ms. Howel: It was the loveliest feeling in the world. Before, if my hands started sparking with embers, I’d have to find a way to excuse myself before anyone could see. If I was in a lesson, or at church, I couldn’t move and I’d be sitting there, terrified that I’d lose all control. I was frightfully on edge all the time. But now, when people actually applaud and want to see me set fire to things, it feels like a dream. Granted, I don’t enjoy setting things on fire, but if I must, I must.
DFT: I imagine having magical powers is pretty amazing, but also stressful at times. What is the best and worst part about being a sorcerer?
Ms. Howel: Undoubtedly, the best part is learning to use and strengthen my abilities. The worst part is all the pressure I’m under from the sorcerers around me. People want me to be a mighty, skilled warrior and a demure young lady at the same time. No one can be both things at once; it’s impossible! And I get cross when I’m told how I must be.
DFT: I imagine it is rather weird being the only female sorcerer in the world, but the plus side of things is you get to train with some very handsome young men ! So these next few questions are going to focus more on the men in your life.
Ms. Howel: Oh. Oh dear.
DFT: Magnus is quite the flirt and extremely charming but it’s hard to tell when he is being serious. You developed a great friendship with him but there seems to be a possibility that there may be more between you two. Out of all your moments spent with Magnus which was your favorite?
Ms. Howel: Well, after all, I know he’s just a flirt. I know that, of course. A handsome flirt, of course, but still a flirt. Of course. I find I’m saying the words ‘flirt’ and ‘of course’ quite a bit. Well, he can be frustrating, granted, but he was the first boy in the house to encourage me. Probably the nicest moment was when he taught me to fight with blades. It was in the library, all perfectly respectable. He gave me some wonderful techniques. He’s an expert swordsman. Excellent form. He…I’ve lost my train of thought.
DFT: Blackwood was a difficult man to deal with and at times it seemed as if he hated you, but then there were other times that he was overly kind to you. I know his hot and cold behavior must have been frustrating but you have to admit he is a fantastic sorcerer. What do you think are some of his most appealing attributes?
Ms. Howel: His attributes like being snobbish and aloof? All right, all right, appealing attributes. I’ll say this for him: he’s entirely honest. And I suppose he’s loyal to the people he cares about, although he doesn’t seem to care about many people. Though it could be that he’s shy. I often notice him sitting by himself when we’re all together, and I get the feeling he’d like to join us, but he doesn’t. Honestly, I feel rather sympathetic towards him sometimes.
DFT: Agrippa was like a father to you. He took you under his wing and tried so hard to help you in any way he could. What do you think is the most valuable lesson he taught you?
Ms. Howel: He taught me that there’s no such thing as failure, only an attempt. Hopefully, he’s right.
DFT: Finally there is Rook who isn’t a sorcerer but he is your best friend and has been for years. Can you tell me one of your favorite childhood memories that you shared with Rook?
Ms. Howel: We used to spend whatever free time we could at a craggy rock out on the moors. We lived in Yorkshire, so the country around us was vast and wild. We played games there, and it’s where I showed him my fire powers for the first time. He was the only person I could tell about them. I’d trust him with anything.
DFT: For those of us who have read your story we are all dying to know what happens next. Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect in book two?
Ms. Howel: All right. I can’t say much, but…I leave London. I meet a new, very important character. I discover something horrible. I find myself kissing an unexpected person.
DFT: Because we are at a carnival I wanted to ask some fun this or that questions carnival style! Fresh dipped corn dogs or Corn on the Cob?
Ms. Howel: I’ll say corn on the cob, because I have no idea how you dip a dog in corn.
DFT: The ringtoss game or the fishing pond?
Ms. Howel: Fishing pond! I can use my water abilities to capture any sort of prize.
DFT: Cotton Candy or Popcorn?
Ms. Howel: I’m intrigued by the word candy. Yes, that.
DFT: The Ferris wheel or Carousal?
Ms. Howel: Carousal. I can fly whenever I choose, so I don’t need the Ferris wheel. Also, I like riding horses when they can’t buck me from the saddle.
DFT: The talent show or the hypnotist show?
Ms. Howel: Talent show, definitely. My setting-myself-on-fire bit would be sure to win, and I wouldn’t want to be hypnotized. There are some secrets I would hate to let slip.
Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.
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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
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