Book Spotlight and Author Interview: George Bachman

Christine Daniel suffers in ways no sixteen year-old should and that no doctor has been able to cure. That's because the excruciating pains and high fevers slowly debilitating her aren't triggered by a physical cause but by visions of a youth calling to her while fleeing a mysterious man who means him harm. This could hardly be happening at a worse time, when she and her beautiful older sister Allison are making their début in high society, like other wealthy socialites seeking matches with titled but impoverished gentlemen in Victorian England.

Because of his pleas, Christine is convinced that to stop the visions she must somehow save this youth. But first she has to find him, and since she's seen him only in visions, she needs someone who'd know how to locate someone through means outside the known senses, the paranormal. Unfortunately the authorities have driven underground all but one of the country's occultists, and the reason she isn't hiding is the only reason she might help Christine, something she wants in return. Christine must convince Allison to marry the occultist's lover, one of those impoverished gentlemen, so that the illicit pair can share her part of the family fortune while continuing their affair.

If Christine doesn't stop the visions by saving the youth, the pains and fevers will eventually kill her. But if she does what the occultist wants, she will betray Allison to a lifetime of misery. Can she lead her sister into a marriage with a very bad man if doing so is the only way to save her own skin – literally?

Author Name: George Bachman

Title of Book: Spellcaster

A short description of book:

The story takes place in turn of the century England and concerns sixteen year-old Christine Daniel, who learns her life-threatening illness stems from her paranormal visions. During the London Season, Allie, her beloved sister and the family heir, seeks a noble match while she searches the occult underground for answers. But the only witch who can help will not do so unless Allie marries her beau, an impoverished aristocrat, so that the illicit pair can share Allie's wealth.

What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?

I love to create worlds out of whole cloth. And I've always wanted to set a paranormal story in Victorian England, when the occult was active, secret societies flourished, and American heiresses were infiltrating the English aristocracy.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I stick to a pretty strict 9-5 schedule, Mondays through Saturdays.

How long does it take to write a book?

That depends on the book. This one took two years.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I barely have time to stay abreast of the latest anime and manga, but I manage to while traveling, and keeping up with the latest literary trends.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Find your own precursors. Create your own inspirations.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk? If so, what is it?

I tend to blast my music a little too loudly when I'm working.

What is the last book you read?

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Who are your favorite authors?

Shakespeare, Nabokov, Carroll, Cao Xueqin, Joyce, Lady Murasaki, Austen, and Dante.

What are your favorite books?

The Complete Shakespeare, Lolita, Pride and Prejudice, the Alice Books, Dream of the Red Chamber, Ulysses, The Tale of Genji, and The Divine Comedy.

After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be a published author?

It feels like the real hard work is about to begin. It's also exciting to see readers dive into this new world I've created.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.