Today Hayden Caldwell is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about The Disappearance of Emily, the latest novel in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series.
Welcome, Hayden. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series is the story of my life. I thought I was a normal person from a small family, living a normal, happy life in Seattle. Little did I know I had an entire family living in an enchanted community that is only accessed through a magical mirror. The first book in the series, Falling into Magic, tells the story of how I landed in Destiny Falls and the dangerous villain who followed me. Don’t worry – it all ends well! Book 2 delves into the history of my mother, Emily, who disappeared two days after my birth. There is a tie between her disappearance and Destiny Falls that I never knew – that nobody knew, and I need to sort through that mystery to protect my entire new family.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
The author thinks she knows what’s going to happen, but she’s often totally surprised by an interesting twist that occurs. Sometimes it’s as much a mystery to her as it is to me.
How did you evolve as the main character?
When you are hurled through a magical portal into a place that’s not on any map, you’d better get serious really quick. I had to adapt and adjust everything I ever thought was true about me and the world. When a strange person is threatening you and your family, you need to step up and find courage and ingenuity that you never know you had. I’ve changed more in the past few months than in my previous twenty-six years.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
I’ve always loved my Himalayan cat, Sassy, but now she’s become so much more than a pet. Now she’s a partner, side-kick, and friend. That’s what happens when your cat can suddenly communicate with you. (And she asked me to mention that she now is to be called Princess Latifa. She always thought the name Sassy was rude…)
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
I’d need a whole book to explain Destiny Falls to you! This town is a character all its own. Oh, not like “a charming little town with character” – I mean, it’s like a CHARACTER. Places change or move around according to your need – if the town deems it necessary. There are enchanted buildings with secrets and surroundings that change over the days, years, and centuries. Oh, and the local library is one of the most magical places you’ll ever visit. It’s what every library wants to be when it grows up. There are mysteries and delights around every corner.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
I hope you’ll come visit me in Destiny Falls. People say once they come here, they never want to leave. Oh, but you CAN leave when you’re done. Even though I can’t. But that’s a long story for another day…
Thank you for answering my questions, Hayden, and good luck to you and your author, Elizabeth Pantley, with The Disappearance of Emily, the latest book in the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series.
The novel is available online at Amazon
About Elizabeth Pantley: Elizabeth is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.