this was easily the most fun to write. Between the s'mores scene, the glorious sarcasm akimbo, and Jason Watson being the, well, character that he is, I discovered that this books is somewhere between intriguing and madcap.
Let's get to the nitty-gritty of it all: the plot. Now that Arriella is pretty settled into her skin as a Mage and a diplomat, what better way to throw her for a spin than to give her something that yanks her right out of idealism? She always valued her family, but it's not sacrosanct; family is comprised of people, and they have their own faults.So in conversation with a friend of mine, I realized, there's no better way to throw Arri for a loop than to yank the blinders off and make her see that her father is as mortal and fault-filled as the rest of them.
The character or Jason Watson was directly inspired by a close friend, and he's every bit as cheeky as his real-life counterpart. Also like his real-life counterpart, Jason has a heart of gold. And whether or not the others realize it, but Jason - and his smart-aleck personality - is exactly what they need. He lightens the atmosphere, get on someone's nerves, but when it counts, you could not ask for better. But, of course, the other characters need to see it too.
Think on it like this: everything is connected, somehow, by a purpose. It's not always obvious, it's not always what a person may expect, but the links are there nevertheless. The purpose of Book 3 was to make the characters look twice: not just at themselves, but also at what they're working with. In Book 1, they had no idea what was around them, and got a surprise in perspective. In Book 2, they discovered the drawback to keeping secrets. And in this installment, they discover that sometimes, very separate clusters turn out to be a lot less separate.
~ Katherine Gilraine