Guest Post: A Cursed Light and a Possum Sorcerer

A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A possum sorcerer injured on a quest for revenge.

Kai and Ellie embark on a journey to return the sorcerer to his home. Entangled in events that could destroy the world, Kai must choose whether to accept the role he was born to play, but isn’t sure he wants.

Sounds intriguing, right? This is the synopsis for the book, Flight of the Blue, written by my good friend Anna Howard and being released TODAY. I’m looking forward to reading it – Anna is a great, thoughtful writer and I just know this is gonna be good.

Anna is doing a “blog tour” today with the “creation” story of Flight of the Blue. Stop One is right here! Keep reading for how the idea of “cursed light and possum sorcerer” came to be. Be sure to check out her other stops as well and then go get a copy of her book and start reading!

The Creation of Flight of the Blue, Part One: A Cursed Light and Possum Sorcerer
by Anna Howard

A cursed traffic light and an Opossum told me their stories. After almost getting hit two times at the new traffic light by my house, I was driving home thinking that light must be cursed. Both times the drivers running the light in the other direction hadn’t stopped or slowed even though my side was already green, and thus, their side should clearly be red. I started wondering if people just weren’t seeing it, or if it was indicating green in both directions.

Then I drove by an Opossum that had been hit by a car and thought about how carelessly many drive and how many animals are hit as a result and that if I were an animal, I’d be really angry about that, angry enough to, say, curse a traffic light if I could. Possums are most often the kind of animal I see lying on the sides of the road, and so there in my daydream with adrenaline of my near-miss pumping through my brain, Reginald was born.

I’m what some writers call a pantser, at least at this point in my writing career, so I started the story with Kai and Ellie, Sebastian and Reginald, and the idea that Kai and Ellie find an Opossum sorcerer and take him him home, discovering along the way that he cursed a light and they need to help him reverse the curse. (I’m also the queen of long sentences… half my editing is spent going back and breaking things up).

It was only as I followed the kids and Reginald through the woods on that last normal Friday, eavesdropping on their conversations, that I realized Reginald’s desire for revenge had opened up something much darker than any of them ever dreamed possible. I found myself wandering through the three Realms, eyes wide, taking in a far bigger world than I realized had existed in the beginning. It was also around the same time that a small bird with brilliant blue wings, or perhaps it was just a bright blue finch, flew out of the grass, landing on a clothesline as a I drove by, and Serina landed in the story, bringing the title of the book with her.

Soon after that, I discovered what had happened to Kai’s parents, but of course, I couldn’t tell Kai and Ellie in the middle of all they were doing, so I had to keep it to myself. But after investigating their disappearance as Kai and Ellie tried to get Reginald home safely, I discovered there was much more to the story, and the second and third books of the Keeper of the Keys Chronicles began to form in my mind…

Part 2: The Characters: Talking animals, silent animals, and humans too, Oh My! hosted by Ruth Long

Part 3: The Three Realms hosted by Julie Jordan Scott

Part 4: Magic and Prophecy hosted by Keith Robinson

Launch Party Central Post on A.E. Howard’s Blog

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