N.R. Wick is joining us for the Pagan Author Series.
As the earth split and black mist seeped from the endless crevasses, thousands of demons escaped and obliterated the human population. Millions of people died, including Rebecca’s parents, but she and her younger sister, Errol, escaped by hiding in their family tornado bunker. In a year’s time, they had evaded most of the powerful demons, but when a trap left Errol dying from a slow-acting poison, Rebecca sought advice from a group of witches protecting a small survivor colony in the Midwest.
When the sound of a screaming baby wakes them in the middle of the night, they attempt to save the infant and Errol is poisoned by a demon. With only a week until the poison consumes her, Rebecca must trust a mysterious survivor named Fox to help her find a cure. Together, they confront demons and other monsters while Rebecca struggles to learn magic that will help them locate the ingredients needed to save her sister.
LAND OF NO MORTALS Seventeen year old Rebecca Ashford and her younger sister Errol have finally found safe refuge at Crown Haven, a witch-led survivor colony. Rebecca should be thrilled by the secure place to live and the human contact after spending a year hiding in their family tornado bunker, but ever since her friend Fox left she's been plagued by guilt strong enough to mess with her newfound witch powers. When demons destroy Crown Haven, Rebecca uses her power to locate the only person who may know how to fight back. Instead, she discovers that Fox is in danger. She and Errol must rescue him and enlist his help in their quest to learn what caused the demon apocalypse and find a way to take back their world. As Rebecca struggles with her feelings for Fox and with controlling her power, she fights to stay alive and defy the demonic oppressors to protect the people she loves.
LAND OF NO DEMONS Having embraced her role as a High Witch in the post-apocalyptic Midwest, Rebecca uses her magical powers to locate imprisoned or hidden survivors. She and her comrades trek through snow and bitter wind to battle demons in order to rescue the dwindling human population. Even though developing her power has become effortless, her relationship with Fox is more complicated than ever. After a demon informant reveals a plan to summon the creator of all demons, known as The First, Rebecca and the other High Witches must use their powers to heal the dimensional weak points and send him back to his tomb. If they fail, the human race will never recover. Join Rebecca, Fox, and the other survivors of the Ascension as they fight their final battle against evil in the third book of the Dark Ascension series.
Join Rebecca in her dark adventure as she discovers the power within her to help save the people she loves and to lead the resistance again demons.
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Rayna Noire here, let's talk to the very talented writer, N.R. Wick about her writing.
How does your writing reflects your Pagan beliefs?
This question is actually pretty difficult for me because my spirituality is not something I usually share openly. Additionally, I write fiction that doesn't always fall into a Pagan theme. It's funny because I have tried to explain to people that an author's writing doesn't necessarily reflect his or her beliefs. In reality, though, it does happen. For example, most of my work doesn't reflect my own beliefs, but I do have a young adult series (The Complete Dark Ascension Series) that has a lot of Pagan themes in it even though the antagonists are demons. Many of my own beliefs are found within this series, such as having a close relationship with the elements and the energies around us. One of the biggest concepts is that our actions have equal and opposite reactions. For example, even though Rebecca, the protagonist, uses magic (in a fantasy way), her abilities are not limitless and can be harmful to those around her.
What's the reception to fiction leaning toward the Pagan side?
Thus far, I haven’t had anyone say anything negative toward the Pagan themes in my books. Even if they did, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. People who do not like Pagan themes or inspirations are not my target audience. On top of that, I don’t really think about what will happen if someone lashes out against me because of it. Hopefully my story and characters will help bring everyone together.
How can Pagan authors reach out more to their prime audience?
I suggest heading over to your local Pagan/New Age shop and talk to them. Often times, they are locally owned and small, which makes it easier for you as an author to reach out to them. If you can work out a signing or something like that with them, then it could be beneficial. Additionally, joining Pagan groups online with Twitter and Facebook can be very beneficial, too.
N.R. Wick writes fiction for young adults and children. She loves everything magical, fantastical, and supernatural, especially if it's dark. N.R. Wick has a Bachelor of Arts in Pictorial Arts from San Jose State University, where she studied Illustration and Digital Media, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She currently teaches college level writing and lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Andrew.