Sigils & Secrets
(Black Magic Book 1)
Fantasy novelist Whitney Metz’s first book in the Black Magic series is a magical fantasy novel entitled Sigils & Secrets.
The series is magical realism and is about the world behind the one we see every day, the importance of the connections we all share with each other and with the Earth, and the search for our true paths.
Ben Harrison was well on his way to having the life he always wanted. He had a high-paying job, a great apartment and, most importantly, he had Carrie. She was fun, exciting, creative, beautiful, and a bit eccentric. Carrie had a fascination with the occult, which Ben found irrational but not particularly troubling.
Then one night, during what Ben assumed was just another of Carrie’s standard ghost-hunting expeditions, something went terribly wrong. Now Ben must find a way to navigate a world that he never believed existed in order to save the woman he loves. In the process, he learns the truth about Carrie, about magick, and about himself.
You can find out more about this fantasy author on the Whitney Metz website or on Facebook. You may send her a Tweet, an Instagram, or ask her questions at her questions at Goodreads Author Whitney Metz.
Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?
I am definitely an introvert. I’ve never been particularly skilled at talking to people, or handling social situations. I think that’s the main reason I developed an interest in writing in the first place; it allows me to express myself without all the awkwardness of human interaction, hahah. I feel much more comfortable saying things in writing than I ever would in person.
Great way to express yourself!
Science has advanced and we can now colonize other planets. Do you (1) sign up to be a colonist OR (2) remain on Earth?
As interesting as it would be to visit other planets, I would stay on Earth. For one thing, I think I would hate the process of space travel. I would not enjoy being trapped in a confined space for months, or years, at a time. Mostly though, I feel like we humans have an obligation to take care of this planet. I think the possibility of colonizing other planets would inherently lead people to be less concerned about the damage we are doing to this one. I would want to stay and do everything I could to make sure that Earth was not being abused.
Saving the earth from abuse is important!
Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?
I’m certainly not great with witty retorts, or any kind of retorts for that matter. I’ve gotten better, over the years, but I still have a tendency to just smile and brush off any disparaging comments. That’s another reason I love writing. You get as much time as you want to come up with exactly the right words to say what you mean.
Creativity in action!
Your novel brought you fame and fortune. Do you spend approximately $2 million on (1) an expensive car OR (2) a Hollywood-style RV?
I would definitely go with the RV. I’ve never been particularly impressed with fancy cars. As far as vehicles go, as long as they run, and get me where I need to go, I’m happy with them. If I had the opportunity to buy a nice RV though, I would just live in it. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of a nomadic lifestyle, and there are tons of places I would love to see, if I had the chance. So, I would take my RV and travel all over the country visiting all of the places I’ve always wanted to go (and getting inspiration for my next book).
Living the RV life – What a way to get inspired!
What is your (1) favorite book quote OR (2) favorite movie quote?
My favorite quote comes from the Hellblazer comics. “Reality’s just a story that’s taken on a life of its own.” One- I think it just really captures what it means to be a writer. That’s what we do, we create new realities. We find a story and we shape it, and build upon it, until it becomes its own world. But I also just find this quote inspiring in general. It’s the idea that we get to create the life we want, that, if we believe in ourselves and our ideas strongly enough, we can make them real. Bonus fact- I have an appointment set up to get this quote as a tattoo.
Thanks for being interviewed, Whitney!