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The Scoop on The Conservation of Magic

If you want to read the official copy associated with this book, go to Amazon and see what people are saying about “The Conservation of Magic!”

But here in this post, I want give you some insight that you won’t find in the little blurb on Amazon. How did it all get started? One day I heard a sample of music from the Tuvan throat singers. Check them out if you have never heard their sounds. Sometimes using very simple instruments, but mainly with just their

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throats, they are able to intonate several tones all at once, producing these surreal noises that can do anything from imitating animals to mimicking sounds of nature like a babbling brook. They do this by holding their necks in a such a way as to create virtual vocal folds in their throats. Normally, humans only have one of these folds. When they create these folds, it allows them to make multiple sounds at once.

That’s what got me thinking initially about sound and the importance of sound in the universe. All the way from daily noise and the sounds of nature to bigger concepts like the Big bang. Quasars even make sounds. In fact, everything has a sound to it, and more and more often I see scientific articles about the importance of sound. The importance of sound in everything.

So, what if the entire universe, and certainly our world, were just like a giant computer program, except instead of zeros and ones, the programming was done using sounds that we hear every day but are not attuned to recognize for what they are? And what if a race very similar to humans lived among us, but with a few key physical differences? They would have multiple vocal folds, and their hearing would be such that it could detect all the nuances and subtleties that normal humans couldn’t. They would have the ability to speak the language of creation–to actually speak noises that sounded like real thunder or like leaves rustling in the breeze. This race of near-humans would be extremely powerful, but, at least in my story, also very secretive.

But with these abilities would have to come discretion and mature judgment. Why? Because much like with anything in our real universe, for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Thus, was born the world of “The Conservation of Magic,” a book where people screw up and other people pay the consequences.

I also wanted to write a fantasy adventure that I’d want to read myself. I know I’m not going to make many friends by saying this, but I am not a huge fan of most fantasy books where everything is invented, and I have to spend five chapters just trying to memorize the names for all the new species, plants, etc. that make up the world of the story. And I really hate it when magical things happen without repercussions. I wanted to create a fantasy adventure that was quick-paced and that would appear realistic–or at least as realistic as possible given that we are still talking about a story where magic is real. This is one reason why the story takes place in Tysons Corner, Mexico, and Scotland. I wanted places both fanciful and recognizable as the backdrops for the story to help make the concept of magic more accessible to readers.

Oh, and I also wanted to write a story where the dragons were huge elemental forces of energy instead of scaly things that flew around on wings and breathed smoke. I was hoping, at least, to create more realistic versions of dragons.

So there’s a little scoop you won’t find anywhere else about “The Conservation of Magic.” I hope you’ve enjoyed this, that you check out the book, and that you derive as much pleasure reading it as I did writing it! I have the second book completely outlined, but I need to hear from readers that they want to find out what happens next to Merrick, Mona, and Cara, or I’m just going to keep getting distracted by writing other books, and the book’s sequel, “The Equilibrium of Magic” will never get written!

Peace,

Mike

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