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Title of book and/or series:
The Magical Forest Series
Brief summary of the story:
Abused by his father and mistreated by his teachers, resentful teenager Shane’s cynical worldview is challenged when he stumbles upon a hidden portal. On the other side, he finds a forest that transcends time, the very same forest he used to bully his fifth-grade classmate, Amanda, for believing it was real.
Transported back into his own childhood, Shane discovers a talking pebble that is willing to guide him. However, the forest is reluctant to give up its secrets, and Shane finds he must turn to the very girl he once bullied for help. The forest offers Shane his only chance to escape from his miserable life, if only he can overcome the pang of the past to embrace this new future.
Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:
A woodland with forest animals that are friendly, a place touched by magic and weather that the surrounding world is unaffected by.
If we were to visit Sagle as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?
To allow yourself to be enchanted by the forest and get to know Amanda and Shane, who can show you a place that will open your heart to wonderful things like healing.
What dangers should we avoid in Sagle?
Your own fears.
What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Sagle?
The standard fistfights one might see in school, though they are rare.
What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Sagle?
The ability to time travel.
What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Sagle that we don’t see on Earth?
A talking pebble, dragons, fairies, and unicorns
What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Sagle? If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.
When a teenager encounters the forest, time sweeps across this universe, transporting them to an earlier point in childhood and bringing them to confront something long lost.
Is there any advanced or unusual technology in Sagle? If you haven’t described it already, please give some examples.
Technology is unimportant in this world. What matters is the construct of time and how precise and precious it is.
Tell us about any sports, games, or activities that are available for entertainment in Sagle.
2. Pogo Bounce Ball
3. Drive-in Movie Theatre
Are the days of the week and months of the year the same in Sagle as on Earth? What holidays or special events are celebrated regularly there?
Yes. However, there are some points in time that are accelerated and some that are reversed.
All major US holidays are celebrated.
Is there a particular religion practiced in Sagle? Please describe what it involves.
Christianity. Believing in Jesus as one’s Savior and citing the Bible for words of wisdom.
What is the political or government structure in Sagle? Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?
The government is much like the US Democratic Republic—the promotion of freedom of choice.
Are there any other unique cultural practices that we should be aware of if we visit Sagle?
Aside from the intrigue of the forest, no.
Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book?
My visit to see my Aunt in Sagle multiple times has influenced my desire to create a setting in that world where people literally live in homes in the forest.
What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your book?
A heavy topic dealt with is parental abuse and alcoholism.
Krista Wagner is a 70’s product best known for her spiritual suspense and fictional realism. In addition to being a recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5-star seal, she has been praised by award-winning screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy for her writing skill and strong plotting. Wagner holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is an English associate instructor with an indispensable faith in Christ.
Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your book(s)? Please include links.
Where can readers connect with you online?
Follow her on Facebook: facebook.com/kristawagnerofficial/
I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Sagle. Questions about the world or the book? Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!
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-Annie Douglass Lima