To Touch Magic

Writing To Touch Magic was something that came to me during the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event in 2016. I’d always known that I wanted to be a novelist (or, at the very least, a writer) but I lacked the motivation (read: nerve) to put myself out there.  I mean, I’d spent the majority of my life reading these incredible stories written by authors that I’d admired forever … my father gave me my first Stephen King book when I was 8 years old (I know, unconventional) and I just couldn’t see myself in those ranks.

In 2016, I began to experience anxiety attacks that would leave me crippled. I’d be crying on the floor because I was putting on my shoes (no lie, flip-flops were the worst offenders) or because the sky was blue. There didn’t seem to be a rhyme nor a reason for it and I went to see a therapist, who suggested I try writing down how I feel and keeping track of what was triggering the attacks. I failed miserably at journaling in that sense. I was never a ‘Dear Diary’ kind of a girl. But I did find that I when I felt jittery or panicky, I could read and it would help me to focus and one thing that was always readily available was fanfiction (go ahead, laugh. I dare you … you’ll never get a drop of coffee from me!).

I stumbled through a few fandoms of mine (yes, I’m a geek) and an idea popped into my head one day for a story. I thought, okay … maybe I can write fanfiction. It’s anonymous so if it sucks, no one will ever know. So I wrote something … it was barely a drabble … but quite a few people commented that they’d enjoyed it. So I wrote a little more … and then even more. Within a month, I found myself writing upwards of 50,000 word stories. (My longest, to date, is a multi chapter story with 275,000 words.)

Then along came October 2016 and someone on my TUMBLR account started talking about upcoming NaNoWriMo. I had no idea what they were talking about so I researched it. And decided that perhaps I could try it out … see if I could write a novel in 30 days. Turns out, I can!

To Touch Magic brings together elements of Salem, MA mysticism with the older magic which exists within the Hawaiian culture. Blending the two was sometimes difficult but I found the story writing itself. I fell in love with Finn as soon as I saw her in my head … the girl who stands out for all the wrong reasons and all the right ones … the girl who doesn’t quite fit … but has love anyway (oh boy does she have love).  Many of the characters are based on people I have known (there really IS a JenFur in my life and that really is her nickname) and places that are dear to me (Crowley House is the aforementioned JenFur’s family home). I wanted to tell a story of family and love … a story about overcoming an insurmountable obstacle … about finding your Ohana.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

XO

D. Jordan Padrona

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