Interview with Lindsay Buroker, author of Sinister Magic

03 Mar 2020

What can you tell us about your new release, Sinister Magic?

It’s the first book in a new urban fantasy series set in Seattle, and the heroine is an assassin of magical bad guys. She also happens to be working through a few personal issues. She’s the mother of a teenager, a divorcee, and she’s seeing a therapist when she’s not busy battling wyverns, dark elves, and vampires. And did I mention the dragon? He’s there, and he’s trouble.

Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have quirky nonfiction books about the “frozen water trade” and the history of salt. There’s also a box of LEGOs waiting to be made into a robot.

If you woke up in the world of Sinister Magic, what is the first thing you would do?

Get a latte, because it takes place in modern times. And then I’d be puzzled by the dragon flying past the espresso stand.

What’s on your writing desk?

A special “daylight” lamp that lets me pretend the sun is shining in my office even in the winter. Also chocolate, things I don’t want the dog to be able to reach and chew, and a headset for my weekly podcast.

BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?

Incinerating things with my mind! Especially tape on cardboard boxes. Maybe just the entire box. Thing how much less frustrating opening packages would be!

What scene in Sinister Magic was your favorite to write?

I’m a sucker for writing banter. I enjoyed all of the scenes with our half-elven protagonist Val interacting with the powerful dragon shifter who’s butted into her life… and calls her a mongrel and a criminal. What’s the opposite of love at first sight? They have that.

Lindsay Buroker is the author of the new book Sinister Magic.

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