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Fantasy, Lore, and More with Anna McCluskey

Fantasy, Lore, and More with Anna McCluskey

Hi, I’m indie fantasy author, Melinda Kucsera, and today Anna McCluskey joins me to discuss her contemporary fantasy series The Warrior Mage Librarians. 

What’s it about? 

  • Between strange cryptids, forgotten artifacts, and dangerous magics, a Warrior Mage Librarian's work is never done.  

  • Trevor and Sister Margaret might seem like an odd pairing. He's a mild-mannered historian with a wry sense of humor and she curses like a sailor and carries an arsenal of weapons everywhere she goes. But they're fast becoming one of the Vatican's best teams of Warrior Mage Librarians -- mages who travel between remote secret libraries, defending them from accidentally-summoned demons, mages with ill intent, and other threats.  

  • Then cryptids suddenly reveal their existence to the human mage world and everything changes.  Sister Margaret and Trevor are sent as emissaries to the annual summit of the Cryptid Collective, where they find that not all cryptids want mages around. And some of them want to wipe humanity from the earth altogether. 

  • Their years-long quest to protect the world as they know it from this cryptid conspiracy will take them from Antarctica to the sulfuric hot springs of Ethiopia. From an island filled with venom-spitting snakes to the depths of the ocean.  

  • Will Trevor and Sister Margaret be able to root out the enemies of humanity? Or will the world be plunged into a war like nothing it's ever seen before?

What’s in this episode:  

  • Anna McCluskey will transport us into a secret world of magic and cryptids hidden within our own. We’ll explore an unusual magic system and found family as characters guard knowledge and fight evil. 

  • We’ll discover what inspired this 4-book contemporary fantasy series, how Anna developed the world and magic system, and what readers can expect from this kickstarter launching series.

  • We’ll discuss the series’ ace/aro male lead and badass warrior nun female lead, found family, and the secret societies protecting the world from darkness.

Where to get the series: 

Where to find our guest:  

About your host, Melinda Kucsera:

I am Melinda Kucsera, an indie fantasy author who wrote and published 20+ books since 2016 across 5 series. I write epic fantasy adventures about families and magical creatures who’re just trying to survive in a world that hates and fears magic but is steeped in it.

My books are full of magic and mayhem, but somehow, even the darkest adventure always ends well. ⁠Join me⁠ every week for a new story: ⁠⁠

What series do I write?

  • The Curse Breaker series chronicles the adventures of a reluctant mage (Sarn), his son, and the magical creatures they befriend as they fight to save their underground city from monsters, ancient evils, and a variety of magical threats.

  • The His Angelic Keeper series follows a ghost girl who just wants to save her still-living family, not stop a demon invasion or the literal apocalypse, but she’ll do that too if she must. (This is a humorous series that stars Sarn’s twin sister from the Curse Breaker series).

  • The Robin of Larkspur series follows Robin, a woman who just wants to save her daughter from the mythical creatures that kidnapped her baby. Sarn tries to help her.

  • The Divergent Heroes series is supposed to star two knights who are partially disabled but a younger version of Sarn keeps stealing the scenes.

  • The Curse Breaker’s Companion series which includes side quests, wacky what ifs, and stories from my newsletter of Sarn and his family in our world because they won’t stay inside the epic fantasy books they star in. They’d rather visit me through a portal conveniently located in their cave.

Why am I here?

I want to give you more fun adventures, more often, and create a community of fantasy readers to share ideas with, new stories, artwork, and have fun. So I’m taking the plunge and posting chapters of my upcoming books, bonus content, podcasts, videos, audiobooks, boxed sets, deleted scenes, alternate endings and beginnings, Patron-only stories, and more.  

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About the interview:

I entered my book, Curse Breaker Enchanted, in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 9 (SPFBO 9) this year and thought it might be cool to interview my fellow entrants. Only 300 books can enter the contest. 10 will advance to the semi-finals, and one will be crowned the winner of SPFBO 9 for 2023. I hope you're cheering for Curse Breaker Enchanted! You can grab a copy for free right now to celebrate:

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Epic Fantasy Adventures with Melinda Kucsera
I am Melinda Kucsera, an indie fantasy author and I narrate chapters from my adventure books, talk about other fantasy books and shows and try my best not to get derailed by the shenanigans of characters who are supposed to be fictional, but they don't stay within the pages of my books. I tell all their secrets and what trouble they get into in between books. Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>