Book: Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provostcategories: Book, New Adult, Romance, Elves, Elementals, Magic, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy
Jennifer Allis Provostabout this book: When I sat down to write Copper Girl, there were a few things I knew. I knew our heroine would be Sara Corbeau, that came from a magical family, and that she lived in a world where magic was illegal. Then, magic would sneak into Sara's life, forcing her to reconnect with her heritage. But, what sort of magic did Sara reconnect with?
I wanted the magic system to be different, but, being that one can only suspend one's disbelief so far, I didn't want it to be too different. After all, there are certain basic principles of magic one must adhere to: it has to have some sort of cost, there has to be something (or someone) generating the power, and the power cannot be limitless. Especially the not limitless part; omnipotent protagonists do tend to be boring.
Inspiration struck in the most unlikely of places – the bathroom of a bar in Portsmouth, NH. The fixtures were a beautiful, rich copper, and there it was: Sara's magic would be derived from metal. Specifically, copper.
It was a short hop from that eureka moment to my Elemental magic system, with the Elements in question being earth, air, fire, water and metal. Each Elemental would bear a mark of their respective Element somewhere on their skin. Have a peek at Copper Girl's cover – that ain't no tramp stamp on Sara's back. That's her Element, taking the form of a raven.
Of course, all the magic couldn't be Element-based. Sara's world is also populated by satyrs, mages and elves; in fact, quite early on in the story Sara meets Micah, a silver elf. There's a definite line between the newer magic of Elementals and the older magic of the hills, so to speak.
I ran with the idea of a copper girl and a silver elf, lovers literally from different worlds. Somehow, the three of us made it work.
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