Nicola Rhodes lives in Derbyshire, England and has been writing novels for about six years.
"I wrote Djinnx'd (at that time untitled) by hand on a foolscap pad since I had not got a computer then, or even a typewriter.
It's basically a story of a girl who finds a Djinn in a bottle and decides to wish for more than she can handle. The idea grew out of my own longings for a chance to change my life for the better and what I might have wished for had I been offered three wishes, in a nutshell, the power to grant my own wishes. But of course, it couldn't be that simple or there would have been no story. So naturally it backfires on her and when she wishes for the powers of the Djinn (immortality, omnipotence and omniscience) she becomes the Djinn and loses her freedom. I suppose the moral of the story (if there is one) is that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Having a small brass genie lamp on my hearth may also have kick-started the story in my head, who knows?
Once the character was established I found I liked her and decided to write more and the Tamar Black octology was (eventually) born.
I am currently revising and editing the third book in the series for publication later this year."
When Tamar finds a bottle containing a powerful Djinn she decided to go for the big one, the ultimate wish to end all wishes... Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. Djinnx'd - or jinxed by a genie, which is what happens to Tamar when she is cruelly tricked into taking the Djinn's place in his bottle. Good - in that she now had phenomenal cosmic power Bad - in that she is now the slave of the bottle for the next several eternities But eternity is cut short when she meets Denny At first he seems to be just another in a long line of human masters, but it soon becomes apparent that Denny is no ordinary master when he declares his intention to set Tamar free from her bondage No matter what the cost He has no idea what he's let himself in for Witches, mermaids, houri's, a homicidal Djinn and a mad forest god with a superiority complex and that's not the half of it... What can kill a Djinn? If Denny can't answer this question in time it will all have been for nothing. ISBN: 978-0-9561495-0-3
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