“Transcends fiction and fantasy by exploring the struggles of those coming of age.” —Chris Worthy, Upstate Parent magazine
From the author of “The Death Wizard Chronicles” comes a new adventure suitable for teens and adults.
“Do You Believe in Magic?” is book 1 of “Dark Circles,” a fantasy series for readers 13 and older. This is a great coming of age series for fans of J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Brandon Sanderson.
After discovering a magical waterfall deep in the forest, a boy and his dog embark on an epic adventure in a fantastical world filled with monsters and magic.
In the real world, Charlie is a 13-year-old nerd picked on by bullies. But in the fantasy world, he becomes a wizard wielding formidable powers.
Standing in his way is a vile monster bent on destruction.
Only those with a hero’s heart will have the courage to stand at Charlie’s side when the war begins.
“Be prepared for a full-blown launch into a fantasy realm loaded with magic, monsters, courageous acts, and a dash of sweet romance.” —Chris Harold Stevenson, award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal tales
“If the first book of this new series is any indication, you are in for a big treat and wild fantasy ride.” —Dave Scheiber, nationally renowned journalist and author
“Melvin shows his literary mastery as he weaves elements of potential and transformation.” —Ann Allen, The Charlotte Observer
Targeted Age Group:: 13 and older
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 2 – PG
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After writing an adult epic fantasy series, I discovered that a lot of young but voracious readers were disappointed that my series wasn't appropriate for them. So I decided to try my hand at a series suitable for ages 13 and older. Hence, "Dark Circles" was born. I've been pleasantly surprised how much fun I've had writing book 1 ("Do You Believe in Magic?") and book 2 ("Do You Believe in Monsters"). Book 2 will debut in October 2023. And then it's on to book 3!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My main character Charlie is a nerdy 13-year-old boy. On the outside, he's on the skinny side and is often picked on by bullies. But on the inside, his courage and resolve dwarf anything a bully brings to the table. Charlie has white-blond hair and blue eyes, which symbolizes wisdom and purity. It's no coincidence that when I was 13, I had white-blond hair and was a bit skinny. Zola, who is my MC2, was adopted from Thailand. My wife and I adopted three girls from Cambodia about 20 years ago, which helped to inspire the Zola character.
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