Daisy Banks shares details about the creation of The Mage Thabit in the book Marked for Magic
About the Book
Title Marked for Magic
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The witch mark on Nin’s hand is a curse. She has no magic powers, whatever the lore says. But the village believes. The old crone’s wisdom is to see her banished. Ragged and hungry, she must serve the Mage. Alone in his tower, she is his chattel. But Mage Thabit is not what Nin expected—the bright green eyes and supple form under his cloak are not the stuff of nightmares, and kindness hides in his brusque heart. Thabit senses that Nin is more than she seems, too. When true nightmares haunt the land, it is precisely her elusive powers that might deliver them…
Introducing The Mage Thabit
Birthplace: In a country not found this side of imagination.
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Magean
Describe his build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:
The Mage is tall, slender and athletic, with a long stride. He has shoulder length dark hair and green eyes. His features are refined, somewhat angular and he has an alluring smile. People take note when he smiles as he doesn’t do so often. He rides well, knows the forest in a way many of his community can’t understand and is seen as an aloof individual. Many of the villagers are fearful of his power and he has earned the respect of his peers.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
The young woman Nin who is sent to him because she bears the sign of a witch, although he finds her presence a trial she becomes important to him.
Tell us about this character, please.
Nin is a typical village maiden, undersized due to years of malnourishment, but at almost nineteen she is a woman grown. However, the appearance of the mark on her palm pronouncing her a witch means she is cast out of her community. As the old wise woman tells her she is fit for nothing but to be the Mage’s whore. Terrified by the prospect but with nowhere else to go she journey’s to Thabit’s tower. Once he accepts her as a servant she finds a very different kind of life and her magical powers she has not previously recognized blossom.
The Mage earns her trust and she is prepared to give him her heart, if he will accept it.
How does your hero dress?
Thabit wears robes, one set are patched and well worn. He has others that are far more elaborate as befitting an experienced Mage but he only wears those when circumstance demands he must. Rather like wearing a comfortable pair of old denims he prefers his green robes.
How educated is this character?
To reach the position of Mage, Thabit has spent many years in study. He was trained from childhood in all the magical arts. His powers are well honed but he continues to develop his skills and study deeper into the arts. His learning journey will last all his life.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
Thabit does accept payment from Lord Farel for some work, but as a Mage he believes that there are things far more important than wealth. His life journey is one of spiritual development.
On what special skills does your character rely?
Thabit depends on his own abilities. He takes responsibility for the psychic search despite the threat it might offer. He prefers to keep his magical powers hidden because he isn’t a market day trickster but he will use them when the need arises.
Are any of his skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
Thabit is rather ashamed of the fact that telepathic communication is one of his weaker skills. He does improve and become proficient but it takes him some time to do so. As a Mage Thabit is not inclined toward pride in his accomplishments as it is too close to what he perceives to be vanity. However, there are times when he is grateful to have the skills he has learned.
What kinds of things does your character always carry (in pockets or purse)?
Thabit usually wears a tawny owl feather in his hair. His chosen bird for transference is the tawny owl. Being a vegetarian he isn’t very fond of the bird’s eating habits but does enjoy the capability of flight when he transforms. As his robes don’t have true pockets Thabit wears a pouch on his belt, alongside his dagger. He carries a comb, leather hair thongs and some coins in his pouch. This is also where he stores small but important things like the vial of seeing brew he takes with him to the castle.
Is your character involved in his community?
Thabit offers his skills to the locals as well as the nobility. He visits the village market and trades goods in exchange for things he needs. The locals swap bread, honey and other foodstuff in return for his herbal brews, ointments and tonics. He also makes scarves the local women like because none of them can dye things in the same way he does.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Thabit would probably say he has no specific need as he is quite settled in his day to day life at the beginning of the story. He has a set of tasks he has chosen to undertake and of course, his study and meditation take up much of his time. He has established himself with the local community and made inroads in dealing with the superstitious villagers. His need is for peace, quiet and time to continue his work. It’s a shock when all this gets turned on its head.
When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
The person Thabit doubts most is himself. He is very aware of his position and the level of skill and authority he should demonstrate to those he comes into contact with. If he feels he has failed to behave appropriately or offer the wisdom others need he is very harsh with himself.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
Thabit does not give his emotions free rein. Part of his personality and his level of self control is to meditate on things he feels are important, to consider his motivations for his actions in response to others. He finds dealing with Nin, who is an emotional creature, very disconcerting.
About Your Writer
To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following questions.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
The process fell into being rather like love at first sight, and yes, I will admit it, I plagued the poor girl doing the writing. Once Nin arrived at the tower I needed some answers from Ms. Banks and fast. Things like that can’t be left unwritten. Ms. Banks and I had several differences of opinion on events but overall I was happy with the way the story progressed.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I remain ashamed of how I treated the slavers who kidnapped Sparrow. I shouldn’t have allowed myself to be overwhelmed by my anger. I accept I will face a penalty from the gods due to my actions, but I do think Ms. Banks could have tweaked the incident, or at least kept the truth from the readers in that instance.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
I think Ms. Banks should spend some time to write about Lady Cassandra. The lady is such an important character in the story I would like to see readers given the chance to discover more about her and her wisdom.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
The task is one of her passions. Some people are like that, and I think the world is a better place for having story tellers of all kinds in it. I tried where I could to make the story easy for her but saying that, Ms. Banks does not always take the easy option.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thank you for sharing our story.
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Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. She is an obsessive writer and her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married with two grown up sons. She lives in the delightful village of Penkridge, England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing and she occasionally makes a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.
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