The Wise One
K.T. Anglehart
(The Scottish Scrolls, #1)
Publication date: October 28th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Mckenna’s never thought much of her nightmares, but on her seventeenth birthday, a vivid dream of burning at the stake awakens her dormant abilities, thrusting her into a world where faeries are real, spirits hold a grudge, and a High Priestess obsessed with a 16th-century prophecy is tracking her every move.

Now, her overprotective dads, Se├ín and Andre, are forced to tell her the truth—they know who her birth mother is, and her life is not the surrogate story she’s always been told. Abigail, Mckenna’s mom, is some sort of mystic, and Mckenna a Wise One.

Whatever the hell that means.

With the help of a persistent little wren and company of a newfound friend, Mckenna journeys to Ireland in search of her mother and real answers. Along the way, she learns to harness her innate magic and trust her intuition, as best she can anyway—Cillian, a kind and passionate delegate who crosses her path, is proving much harder to read.

Only her mother could truly help her halt her ill fate and prepare her for what’s to come . . . before she gives in to the darkness she knows is buried deep within.

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Author Interview
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Imposter syndrome.

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Whatever you’re writing, finish it.

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Going to my school library and checking out a ginormous pile of books, believing with every fibre of my being that I’d have enough time to read them all.

4. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
Cliché, but I can’t not say The Wizarding World.

5. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actor first, then a TV writer. Writing books was just something I knew I would do. Like I didn’t have a choice or something!

6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Wholesome. Weird. Impatient.

7. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I sometimes just wish for the story to be done without having to write it.

8. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A black squirrel!

9. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Allison Janney! When I watched Mom live in studio, she hung around at the end to say hi and shake people’s hands in the audience. Such a classy woman.

As a tween, I briefly met Sum 41 after one of their concerts! Derek Whibley was to be my husband.

10. What is the first book that made you cry?
The Catcher in the Rye.

11. How do you select the names of your characters?
I’m super into names and their origins. I begin by deciding where my character is from, then searching names that derive from that region. When one jumps out at me, I research its meaning and origin.

More often then not, it fits perfectly with the characteristic of that particular character.

12. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
A bunny. I have a blue-eyed, cotton-white furball named Magic, and we’re both temperamental little things...but we come off as quite friendly and fuzzy.

13. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
The Karate Kid; Ocean’s 11; Pirates of the Caribbean; Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; The Devil Wears Prada

14. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Try desperately to make contact with extraterrestrials.

15. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch.

16. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
So much advice, but what comes to mind right now if I’m keeping it short and sweet: Write what you want to read. Truly. Because I swear, it doesn’t yet exist. Don’t worry about whether it’s too familiar or too unique. Both are exactly what readers are hoping for.

17. What book do you wish you had written?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

18. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
Either the late 18th century or the 1920s. The former because there’s something about the Enlightenment that fascinates me—where the birth of so many new ideas began... It just seems like an extraordinary place to be. And the roaring 20s because it was not only glamorous but a politically important climate. I firmly believe I was incarnated during each of those periods.

19. What is your favorite genre to read?
Urban fantasy

Author Bio:

Katrina Tortorici Anglehart is a born and bred Italian-Canadian from Montreal. A devoted academic, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; a graduate certificate in Scriptwriting; and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. After dabbling in TV writing and working as a digital marketing content manager, she left the nine to five to launch her freelance editing and coaching career. Today, she relishes in helping aspiring authors to develop and refine their stories.

Besides English, Katrina speaks French, Italian, and Spanglish. When she’s not writing, diving into magical reads, or Netflixing, she’s travelling with her favourite human–her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, Andy–and obsessing over her pet bunny, Magic, and newly rescued pup, Nessie. Katrina currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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