Interview with Olena Nikitin, Author of Magic and Medicine

31 Oct 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Magic and Medicine?

During the writing process of our previous series, Season’s War, an epic romantic fantasy, we began wondering how people in our own modern world would react to the presence of gods and monsters in their everyday lives. Of course, bringing magic to the modern world, we had to set it in our favourite and already magical city of Gdansk.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Magic and Medicine, what would they be?

Now, this question had us battling for our characters, but after a mock battle, Mark and I came to an amicable arrangement. He loves League of Legends, so he picked for Leszek Legends Never Die by Against the Current. My choice for Sara is Bring Me to Life, by Evanescence, because such an amazing Operatic Rock song is perfect for her.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Mark loves sci-fi and sci-fi romance. However, listening to him arguing science with a paperback makes me wonder why (he is such an engineer). I use reading as a way of switching off, so the weirder, the better, and I’m currently enjoying the rabbit hole that is monster/alien romance, or, as I like to call it, monster smut.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

My next book will be The Healers’ Hellion by Miranda Bridges. I love this series, and its possessive men willing to do anything for their mate. Mark is editing our next book, so he steps back from reading otherwise, he edits the books he reads and can’t finish them (I have caught him rereading Restoree, by Anne McCaffrey for the hundredth time, though).

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I loved the teasing scene when Sara has to be more affectionate in public than she’s comfortable with but leans into the situation with unexpected results (I’m desperately trying to avoid spoilers, but I loved this scene).

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I have my writing corner in the lounge that’s more of a nest, where the cats come and sit on my mouse laptop and, if I’m lucky, my lap (with five cats, it’s like Piccadilly station). Other than that, I need coffee and lots of it.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Face life standing up, and don’t be afraid to grab it by the balls

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Leszek’s eyes, and that we all deserve a partner that sees who we are (I know that sounds like two, but you’ll see, winks)


Olena Nikitin is the author of the new book Magic and Medicine

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