The Guild of Assassins Majat Code #2
By: Anna Kashina Q&A with Anna Kashina
What was the spark or initial idea that
started your book? I believe that
stories are out there, and that they actively seek the right person who will
write them down, so they are just floating around until it clicks with a
particular author--much like finding a love match. I guess this mystical image
reflects the fact that stories tend to come naturally to me, I just wake up one
day knowing that this is what I am going to write. Some stories come to me in
dreams, others from the pool of semi-consciousness that dominates my mind in a
pre-waking state, or during daydreaming. The big idea
behind the Majat Code series was that of an near-absolute force confined by
very tight rules. I have explored this idea earlier in my first novel, “The
Ptincess of Dhagabad”, which features a djinn as the main protagonist. “Blades
of the Old Empire” deals with a similar theme, but in a more familiar setting, and
with much mor…
Caught The Mummy on TV last night and was reminded again how much I love that movie. I never actually saw it in the theater mostly because I thought it was going to be just another action adventure with the forced romance and funny sidekick. Yes, it has romance and yes there are several characters that could be considered sidekicks, but there's nothing forced about the romance or the humor in the movie.
What I find interesting is if you read the script (I'm not sure what version it is, but it isn't the shooting script) the romance between Rick and Evy is much more of your traditional action-adventure forced relationship. It doesn't have any sparkle to it. They antagonize each other yet seem to kinda like each other. The movie gets it right. Whether these changes were made in subsequent drafts or after Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz were cast I have no idea.
For those interested in writing an action-adventure with a touch of romance I highly recommend that you s…
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Nothing is as simple as it seems with political intrigues and unusual powers shadowing Cassia on her search to find out who killed her father and why.