Leigh Holland’s Interview with George Bachman

Leigh Holland’s Interview with George Bachman

Today, I’m interviewing George Bachman, author of “Spellcaster”, on my blog. Thanks, George, for the interview!

Thank you for speaking with me.

 Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.

 I work in the software sector in New York in addition to writing.

Leigh: What inspired you to write Spellcaster? What drew you to Historical Fiction with a paranormal component?

I’ve always wanted to write something on the late Victorian era around the turn of the century, when social attitudes among the English aristocracy were under attack by wealthy Americans trying to penetrate their ranks. I have also always wanted to do a paranormal novel incorporating a whole range of historical magic beliefs such as those practiced by Aleister Crowley and his circle. I thought an alternate reality fantasy novel such as Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale or one of John Crowley’s Aegypt books would be the perfect medium to incorporate all these things.

Leigh: What was the most difficult thing about writing Spellcaster?

Dialogue is the most difficult part of any story, always. Besides that, making the magic believable in a recognizable social milieu.

Leigh: Which writers have inspired you?

Generally, Nabakov, because of his love of language, Cao Xueqin, because of his ability to mix fantasy and reality to make immersive worlds, Calvino, because of his intelligent use of genre, and Austen, because of her genius in creating characters that seem to walk off the page. For this particular story, Helprin because of his haunting magic realism and Crowley because of his inventiveness in mixing history and fiction.

Leigh: How much research did you do for Spellcaster?

Quite a bit. Most of the rituals in the book are historical or have a strong historical basis. I tried to get the social reality as right as I could to make the steampunk elements more believable. The historical background of the Sir Tomas section is how it may have been if a few facts had been different (such as Edward II not inheriting Gascony as a feudal vassal) with many real-life players of that era.

Leigh: What is your writing process like? Do you have a set writing schedule? Do you work from an outline or write the first draft from strict inspiration?

I generally write after work when I’m not doing anything else, for as many hours as I can fit in, no set schedule. I have a very general outline telling me where I’m heading and the major points to hit, not much else. The outline is the initial inspiration which never entirely goes away as I fill in more and more details.

Leigh: What are you working on now? Can you tell us anything about it?

Another historical fantasy, this one set in Renaissance Europe.

Leigh: What book are you currently reading?

Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years.

Leigh: Who designed your book cover?

A very talented artist named Clarissa Yeo, of Yocla Book Designs.

Leigh: What are some of your hobbies?

Travel, reading, Asian cinema, and anime.

Leigh: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Facebook: facebook.com/OfficialBachman

Twitter: @OfficialBachman

Amazon Author Page: George Bachman’s Amazon Page

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/childerolandusa

Goodreads: George Bachman at Goodreads

Thank you very much, George, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

You can find George Bachman’s “Spellcaster” at: Spellcaster.

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Spellcaster by George Bachman

Spellcaster by George Bachman, 262 pages, Sublime Ltd., April 3rd 2017, Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

“It took all my own will merely to swallow water. “What sort of powers?”

“Amalrich claimed he could descend into certain forbidden passages beneath the earth where our world meets others.” Lady Kinloss gave me a secretive look. “Unfortunately any records he might have made of his trips are lost. But recently one of these supposed keys passed into my hands.” I nodded. “I keep it locked away in a glass cage and take it with me when I’m out. Would you like to see it?”

Spellcaster is a work of historical fiction set in England. Unlike traditional works in this genre, this book has a strong paranormal element. Spellcaster weaves together two tales- one involving past lives and unfinished business, and the other involving magic, relics, and bargains in the present. If you enjoy Jane Austen’s writing style, you’ll enjoy the style of Spellcaster.

Christine Daniel, a Provencal young lady, is spending the summer in England with the Cote sisters. She is coming out into society, officially becoming a marriageable young woman. However, she has another purpose. Christine’s fevers induce visions and she’s hunting for a remedy. Rather than fight the visions, Christine follows their lead. She seeks out “the mage” to befriend her as her visions portend. She encounters Lady Kinloss, whom she determines to be the mage of her visions. She rents a home for herself and her friends in the countryside from Lady Kinloss. Christine strikes a bargain with her to gain possession of a relic.

I felt the book started off a bit slow. The last half of the book picked up pace and revealed more information, tying things together as the story continued. I enjoyed this novel, especially its interesting reincarnation twist. When magic is used, it’s apparent that Bachman researched beliefs about magic in this time period.

This book can be found at Spellcaster by George Bachman.

Check out other reviews at:

Paperback Darling’s review of Spellcaster

Spellcaster at Kariny’s Book Frenzy