Som jeg skrev for en uges tid siden, har jeg haft ekstremt travlt med, at planlægge en ny “Fokus på”-tour – denne gang i sammarbejde med den store udenlandske forfatter Cecilia Tan. De næste 10 dage vil jeg sammen med Cecilia Tan, præsentere jer for hendes utroligt spændende Magic University serie, som er en serie for de lidt mere voksne fantasy-elskere, som desuden kan lide Harry Potter. Ja, I læste rigtigt – Harry Potter – og nej, det er ikke en ny Harry Potter, men Cecilia Tan har ladet sig inspirere af dette fantastiske og kendte univers, og har på den måde opbygget sit helt eget unikke univers, hvor vi Harry Potter fans vil kunne genopleve nogle af de fantastiske følelser som vi associerer med den serie – dog med et lille (og utroligt spændende) seksuelt twist…
Men nu vil jeg give ordet videre til Cecilia Tan, som vil lægge denne “Fokus på-tour” ud med, selv at sige goddag til jer alle, og præsentere jer for hendes fantastiske serie…
Hello and thank you for having me as a “focus on” feature! My name is Cecilia Tan and I’ve been writing love stories my entire life. Sometimes they’re called science fiction, sometimes they’re erotica, sometimes they’re fantasy, and sometimes they’re romance. Sometimes they’re a little bit of all of the above.
Right now I’m in the middle of publishing a series called Magic University. It’s actually the second time around for the series, which was first done by a small publisher in 2009-2011, but it quickly faded from sight. Now I’m getting a chance to do it my way, with lovely cover art and even audio editions.
These books are very special to me for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s the first time I’ve been allowed to write about characters at university age. It’s a very odd thing but in fantasy it’s very common to have young teenage protagonists, and in romance it’s very common to have them in their late 20s, but when I started writing Magic University very little was being published about those at age 19-22, as if that age when so many people have their first love and their first “away from home” sexual experiences were somehow taboo to write about? Now, a few years later, we have what in the USA they are calling “new adult,” a new genre that is specifically for books about that age group. Given that I write erotic romance that’s a very special time of life to explore.
Another thing that makes the books special is their magic. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and I have spent many years deeply immersed in Harry Potter fandom. Potter fandom is very engaged with the books: we don’t just swallow them whole, we analyze them, argue with them, take them apart. Rowling’s world is so complex, yet so full of loose ends and possible flaws, it welcomes interpretation and criticism. The books make you think. A lot of the thinking that I did about the Potter books, and ways I would have done it differently, come out in Magic University. For one, I knew I wanted to write about explicitly LGBT characters which are mostly invisible in Harry Potter. (If Rowling had to tell us about Dumbledore, he wasn’t a good example of a visible gay character.) For another I wanted to explore the connection between magical coming of age and the blossoming of sexuality.
Ultimately the Magic University books tell the story of Kyle’s quest for true love. That’s what makes it a romance series as much as a fantasy stories. Instead of a battle between good and evil, it’s a fight for self-acceptance and the battles of the heart. Come join Kyle on his quest!
Me disse ord starter vi denne “fokus på”-tour, og så er der kun tilbage at sige velkommen til jer alle sammen, og rigtig god fornøjelse…