by Sunayna Prasad
GENRE: Middle grade fantasy
A world of magic and adventure awaits…
Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything.
“Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.”
Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant.
Originally titled “From Frights to Flaws”, this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the “Magical Missions” series.
The raindrops darkened into black, looking as if ink fell from the sky. Alyssa leaned closer to them. She squinted to determine the shapes they formed on the kitchen window… letters.
No! That couldn’t happen. Yet, a message spelled out as more pigments plopped onto the glass. Alyssa gasped at what it said.
Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere.
What? Magic didn’t exist—at least that’d been what others had told her when she was little. No one on Orion Street could possess enchanted abilities.
Alyssa had lived here since she’d lost her parents in that car crash five years ago. She’d only been seven then. How would she tell her uncle, Bruce, about this? He’d consider her crazy. He’d already toughened up his attitude and rules. So he might consider it an excuse to escape this house.
Although Alyssa’s parents had designated her godfather as the first priority guardian, Uncle Bruce forbade her to try and contact him. He’d hidden the phone number and other information about him.
Since Alyssa’s aunt, Laura, had died three years ago, Uncle Bruce had required fun to be earned. And that took more effort than Alyssa could often accomplish.
Turning around, she spotted her babysitter, Mrs. Hutchinson, examining the kitchen floor. Alyssa’s eleven-year-old cousin, Hailey, watched the progress. Hailey had mopped the floor. Would she earn a break now? Ever since her uncle, Bruce, had hired Mrs. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson had admired the way Hailey had done her chores more than Alyssa.
“Hailey, you can take a break until your next chore,” said Mrs. Hutchinson. “Alyssa, get back to work. You’ve been staring at the rain for too long.”
“Okay.” Alyssa turned back—only to see the message gone and the rain back to its
“What did I say?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.
Alyssa sighed. “Fine, I’ll finish washing the dishes.”
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a 26-year-old female from New York who loves to not only write, but create, whether it’s by art, cooking, or anything else. I am passionate about fantasy and worldbuilding. I especially love learning more about the content in “Harry Potter” by reading articles or watching videos.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Well, the story was originally published in 2013 as “From Frights to Flaws”. After a few years of decent results, I decided to give the book some updates for improvement. Then the reviews got a lot better.
How do you create your characters?
I usually create them as needed for the plot or are inspired by other fictional sources. While some characters have been developed like people I know, I never base them off real people. It’s just not my thing.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I usually write at home. I am starting to use dictation software at times, which makes a difference in speed, although I handwrite the words first. If I have writer’s block, I will either exercise or do a free write of anything that comes to my mind, regardless of quality.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
They usually come from ideas I’ve been passionate about in my imagination or they’re inspired by other sources. I’ve learned to never force inspiration onto myself, otherwise, it’s not very successful or enjoyable.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Practice as much as possible. And avoid publishing anything to make money off of until your writing is great. Not just good or decent. I’ve published books just decent enough and then I removed them from the market. It’s not as satisfying as it seems.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have a blog where I publish posts on writing, original fiction, art, travel, cooking, TV shows, and movies. I’ve also started a website dedicated to my books’ franchise called magicalmissionsworld.com.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, sunaynaprasadbooks.com, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.
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