Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Trial by Fire by Margarita Gakis

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing a little about Trial by Fire by Margarita Gakis. Happy reading!


Yes, the most often asked question of writers, and the first one that comes to my mind as a reader : Where do you get your ideas?

I imagine like most authors, I would initially answer, "I don't know. They just sort of come to me," but that's a really boring and unhelpful answer so I put my thinking cap on and sat down and tried to analyze my process.

What I realized was this - all my ideas all come from 'somewhere' or something tangible. Even if it's not readily apparent. Thinking back on my most current working ideas [the ones I’ve recently written or am actively working on], the 'biggest' contributor is just the question, "What if?"

I tack that question on to a lot of stuff in my everyday life and mostly, it's pretty boring. My inner monologue goes something like this:

What if I'm late?

What if I don't pack a lunch? What will I eat?

What if I don't do laundry today? Can I make it a few more days with what I have?

SNORE. But! Sometimes, I find I'm asking bizarre “what if” questions based on stuff that’s going on around me. My inner monologue then goes something like this:

Jeez, that's the fourth time I've seen that billboard, “WAKE UP!” What if it's a message to me? What does it mean? Why am I getting it? What if I’m in a coma and this is all coma-world and all those messages are telling me to wake up?

I was almost run over by that lady's shopping cart and she didn't even see me! Whoa, what if I was invisible? What if I died at some point this morning and I didn’t even realize it and now, I’m a ghost and no one can see me?

The harvest moon is always so big and low. But it scares me sometimes. What if in a past life, I died while looking at it and now, whenever I see it hanging low and heavy on the horizon, I feel a little sick because somehow, my soul remembers that? I wonder what I did to ‘get dead’ while looking at the moon?

I kid you not, those are all LEGITIMATE thoughts I’ve had. Sometimes I get a thought like that and it turns into a short story, or a book, or even just a snippet for my slush pile. Other times I laugh at myself or just shake it off. Sometimes I say them out loud and get really strange looks.

I’ve gotten some ideas from other places too - snippets of a song I heard, or artwork, or maybe some overheard dialogue as I walk around. But the number one place I get them is just by stopping sometimes and wondering, “What if…?”

Side note - the “WAKE UP!” billboards turned out to be for a new morning radio show. Took me WEEKS to figure it out. I was really starting to be sure I was in a coma.


About the Author
Margarita loves the art, creativity and romanticism of storytelling. Sometimes, however, the act of putting pen to paper proves challenging, elusive. She develops genuine, relatable characters which grow in the hearts of her readers. From that foundation, the stories flourish into a warm friend.

She enjoys pursuits which blur the lines between the analytical and creative sides of her brain. This includes her day job in electronic data management, where she uses her creativity to solve logical problems, and also her lessons learning to play the cello, where she finds beauty in the structure of music and the instrument. She believes there is a place for both logic and imagination to work together. When they do, the results are magical.

Margarita has a special spot in her heart for dogs and lives with three of them. It can be a little overwhelming but the quality snuggle time makes up for it.

Margarita lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family.

Find the author:

Trial by Fire

Jade leads a structured life:

Routine job.

Caffeine addiction.

No serious relationships.

And now, she can spontaneously set things on fire with her mind.

Well... perhaps “normal” was never in the cards for her. As she questions her own sanity and spirals out of control, a man appears on her doorstep and tells her that, like him, she’s a witch.

Pulled in all directions, her unbridled magic draws dangerous attention and Jade wonders if she’s made the worst mistake of her life by joining a coven, or if she’ll even live long enough to regret it.

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  1. Great post! I enjoy hearing about how an author gets her ideas. Congratulations on the publication of Trial by Fire! It sounds like a very exciting book.

  2. This sounds interesting