If you’re looking for magic with a twist, look no further. Award-winning author H.M. Jones is contributing to a magical realism anthology that will be released October 13th.
MAGIC UNVEILED (which, you can pre-order for just 0.99¢) is a short story collection featuring tales by bestselling and award-winning writers, all of whom share with us their vision of what a world with magic would look like–even if it has to intrude on modern man and his technology.
We’re so pleased H.M. stopped by to share a little about her story, as well as entertain some of our random questions.
Author Interview with H.M. Jones
Tell us about your story in the upcoming Magic Unveiled anthology, and why it’s going to affect readers?
My story is entitled “Gypsum Jane’s Inkscapes.” My magical realism, sci-fi and fantasy is always rooted in realistic emotions: loss, happiness, joy, frustration, etc. Readers can expect to be emotionally invested in my main character, Justin, and in his quest to find himself after the loss of his mother. Anyone who has ever lost anybody, will probably understand the way in which so doing presents an existential conundrum and an otherworldly experience.
What’s your definition of magical realism (as a genre)? What gives it a unique quality?
Magical realism must, above all, take part (for some of the time) in a realistic setting with realistic folks. Magical realism begs readers to feel safe, connected, familiar, then it throws them off that familiarity. It asks them: what if life was like this life you know, only there were hints of magic, ghosts, other worlds.
What if this world, underneath, housed those qualities that we think of as magical? It creates an alternate way to view the world we know; adds dimensions and whimsy. It questions what reality really is, and it makes readers question that, too. Isabel Allende is a master of Magical Realism. Her believable characters and historical settings have undertones of apparitions and fantasy. Hawthorne often wrote short stories I’d consider to be Magical Realism before we were defining writing as such.
What was the most difficult part about writing or fine-tuning your story?
My stories usually come to me fully, entire plots, character backstories, etc. I don’t have a very difficult time with my characters, who are their own people, or where the plot takes them. It is always hardest for me to manage the time to sit down and create their stories. This was especially hard during the summer, since I have small children. Once I sit down to write, I can create full stories, but I need a few hours to get into a groove and it can be hard to find those hours.
What are the benefits to producing an anthology with other authors?
Word of mouth is greater. We all have our little followings, and we can all help spread the word, so that brings more exposure. But, mostly, I like to see how all of us differ in regards to how we approach one genre. I was highly amused and interested by how the other authors in the Masters of Time anthology approached time travel. I am equally excited about seeing how they approach magical realism. Our voices, our styles, and our world views are all so diverse. That’s very exciting to me.
If you could choose to be a character in your short story, you would be…
Gypsum Jane, hands down. She is a tattoo artist, which has always intrigued me, but there is also something otherworldly and magical about her. She has this old world appeal, this magical touch. I think we all wish we were more artistic and magical. And she is stunning, which never hurts.
Pick two of your co-authors to have over for dinner. Why?
I can’t pick them all? I helped many people find this anthology because they are all people whose work I admire. I’d certainly like to meet Alesha, since her Gray Tower Trilogy is one of my favorite historical fantasy series. And she’s just so nice online, so creative. Also, she seems to cook a lot, so I’d probably see if she’d make the food.
I’d cook for Jayme Beddingfield anytime. She and I have fun when we go out to eat, and she lives close enough that she could pass out on my couch and make it home safe the next day.
Would you rather have immortality or immense power (financial, political)?
If I had to choose, immortality. But only because neither appeals to me all that much. I don’t want to live forever, just to see everyone I love die. I don’t want the world’s weight on my shoulders, nor the responsibility of making the decisions that leaders have to make for the public as a whole. Both seem rather tedious to me. I want to live a relatively long life with the people I love, doing something I’m good at. I’m not all that complex, in the end.
What can we expect next from you?
No matter what I’m writing, you can expect it to be emotionally charged and well written. I don’t turn in badly written work or flat characters. And I love perfecting my work. If something’s missing and I don’t like a story, you won’t read it. I believe my work speaks for the type of person I am, and I don’t want people to read me as out of touch or lazy.
Where can readers find out more about your books?
Magic Unveiled hits your favorite online retailers October 13th! But, why not pre-order today and lock in that special 0.99¢ sale price? Win!