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Today’s visit is by Janna Ruth, whose character, Samantha Kollmer, appears in the YA adventure, A Drop of Magic. It’s the first in her Ashuan Greed series.

Samantha’s eyes are wide with wonder as she steps into the Fairie Court. Never in her entire life would she have expected an invitation. Even now, she felt slightly out of place in her rather simple green dress. Lucille said it would make her eye colour pop, but with some guests having eyes that glow in the dark, it seems a little understated. Usually, parties would be the last place to find Samantha, but throw in magic, and she couldn’t resist to see it for herself.


Character Questions

Who is your best friend? Oh, that’s easy. While I’m lucky enough to have five close friends to hunt monsters with, my best friend is the one I’ve known longest. Fabian and I have known each other since we were babies. Our dads were best friends and we’re something like second generation friends. laughs He’s a bit dorky, but one of the kindest people I know. The only problem is, he’s so scared of magic! For me, it’s this wonderful power of nature, and he would cut his own arms off if that would take his ability to control water away. Well, semi-control, it’s still quite random, which I’m sure could be improved if he tried, but… exasperated sigh Sorry, he is quite infuriating sometimes, but he’s practically my brother, so I guess, I’ll just have to roll with it.

How does magic work for you? Is it different than the usual? I’ve only recently started to discover my magic. It’s not with spells, runes, or sigils. Instead, I tap into the rivers of magic that flow around the earth, giving life to all of us. When I close my eyes, I can see it swirl around me, like water, but green and utterly undisturbed by gravity. To craft a spell is a bit tricky. There needs to be intent and intuition. I dip my finger into the magic and separate it into threads that can then be woven into spells. The patterns are pretty complicated, but that’s where intuition comes into play. I’m really still practicing, but anything is possible.

I’ve only recently started to discover my magic. It’s not with spells, runes, or sigils. Instead, I tap into the rivers of magic that flow around the earth, giving life to all of us. When I close my eyes, I can see it swirl around me, like water, but green and utterly undisturbed by gravity. To craft a spell is a bit tricky. There needs to be intent and intuition. I dip my finger into the magic and separate it into threads that can then be woven into spells. The patterns are pretty complicated, but that’s where intuition comes into play. I’m really still practicing, but anything is possible.

Author Questions

How do you handle multiple points of view in a story? In Ashuan, I have six main characters, who all get their own point of view. The series originated as a drama (think TV script), so I never had to worry about POV until I started turning them into a novel. I try to give each of the POVs a certain flavour. Though they’re all third person narrated, I still want to give them a unique voice. With some characters it’s easier, because they have a very distinct way of talking and also taking in new information and thinking about it. Others are more “normal” and thus harder to differentiate by voice alone, so I focus more on what is important to these characters and how they prioritise their thoughts.

What social media do you like most, both personally and for promotion? I’m surprised to say, it would be TikTok. Now, I do love working on Facebook, and lately, the algorithms have improved (in my opinion), and it’s still the place where I connect with most of my readers, but TikTok has surprised me. I was so not a video person, but what I like about TikTok is that it promotes more natural short snippets. It doesn’t have to be polished like pictures on Instagram, for example. And they’re so short, it’s really just a snapshot of my life. And you can be so creative. Right now, 90% of my ARC readers are from TikTok and that’s really awesome because I get to react to and interact with their posts about my book on top of the reviews on other sides.


A Drop of Magic

Magic, Demons & High School Drama! All Lucille ever wanted was a perfectly normal high school experience, but her town doesn’t do normal. Not when a few Latin words set her hand on fire, the entire town gets possessed by evil spirits, and the cute guy she’s got her eyes on brings a freaking sword to the battle. Now Lucille has to make a decision: return to her cushy, and safe, life-style at the boarding school, or face the monsters that hunt her and the magic that lurks inside of her.

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About Janna Ruth

Once upon a time, Janna Ruth studied the plate boundaries of this world. Now, she’s creating her own worlds. Born in Berlin, Germany, Janna currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her writing career kicked off when she won a writing competition for German publisher Ueberreuter, resulting in her debut novel “Tanz der Feuerblüten”, a Japan-inspired novella.

Almost simultaneously, her first self-published novel “Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe” hit the shelves and went on to win the 2018 SERAPH for “Best Independent Title”. Janna likes to tell tales of mental health and environmental issues with a pinch of the speculative.

If she’s not writing, Janna has a plethora of hobbies, such as aerial acrobatics, cake decorating, drawing, reading, and anything crafty you throw her way.


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