“If I had to make a distinction, if it’s mostly stuff that could happen in your normal life, with some things that couldn’t, then maybe that’s magical realism.
And if it’s mostly stuff that couldn’t happen in your real life with some stuff that could, then maybe it’s fantasy...”
— C.M. Waggoner
C.M. Waggoner grew up in the Capital Region, where she says she spent a lot of time reading fantasy novels in a swamp.
She’s a fast-rising writer in the fantasy genre who has published two novels in the past two years.
Publishers Weekly called her debut novel, Unnatural Magic, “delightfully playful and a fresh take on traditional fantasy tropes to explore themes of love and sacrifice with whimsy, mystery and vibrant characters sure to enchant readers.”
Her second novel, published last month, is titled The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry and it tells the story of a “down-and-out witch and a young gentlewoman who join forces against a deadly conspiracy.”
We hope you enjoy this delightful conversation with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and C.M. [Caitlin] Waggoner.