Introducing Where Carpets Fly:
Elina Faramar finally leaves her family’s flying carpet shop when her father reluctantly agrees she can take magic lessons in nearby Kamikan. Urban life promises adventure, and new friend Kara shows her the sights.
However, Elina soon sees a darker side of life: a foreigner arrested at the circus, forbidden schoolhouse rooms with odd comings and goings, and unsociable pupil Simeon’s shady deals at the docks. Everything seems connected to the volatile neighbouring country of Pallexon, but no one will tell her why.
When Elina and Simeon develop a magical mind link, he seems close to confiding in her. But an unexpected voyage takes Elina and Kara away from answers and towards unknown danger in Pallexon.
Alone in a strange country, with no identity papers, the situation rapidly turns into a nightmare when Kara is mistaken for a spy. With her own freedom at stake, Elina must rely on her wits and magic to save her friend and unravel the secrets of Pallexon.
Where Carpets Fly is my first novel. It’s probably three years now since I had the very first snippet of an idea for it. At that point, I wasn’t writing seriously, and I was struggling to take my writing to the next level. I decided to try and find an online writing group to give me some tips and see if I actually had it in me to write a novel. With the help of my good friends at Scribophile, it turned out I could do it. I learnt to critique, I learnt to improve my own writing, and I learnt how to structure a novel.
My original idea was based around writing a fantasy book about a girl who goes to magic school. I’ve grown up on children’s fantasy books, and children’s school stories, and so combining the two was my way of writing the story I wanted to read. Over the last three years though, Where Carpets Fly has grown into so much more than just a magic school story, and I can’t wait to share Elina’s adventure with you all.
Stay tuned for more details soon!