I met Laurie Lucking at the 2016 Realm Makers Conference at Villanova University; we bonded as we staggered up approximately two thousand steps together in the humid Pennsylvania heat on our quest to find the right building.
Lucking is a fantastic writer, and you will enjoy Common, the first book in her Tales of the Mystics series, a story about a commoner who isn’t as common as she thinks she is.
Only one person knows of the plot against the royal family and cares enough to try to stop it—the servant girl they banished.
Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.
And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.
But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Rafe’s parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess, and she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. When she reports it without proof, her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.
Harbored by an unusual group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.
Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?
The idea for Common arose in equal parts from my soft spot for romance and my love of fairy tales. I wanted to write a friends-first romance, but making the girl a maid and the boy a prince gave the story a great Cinderella kind of premise.
A plot that endangered her beloved friend gave my maid the perfect motivation to try to save the day despite her shy personality and lack of skill in magic or weaponry. And the formidable nature of my villain provided an opportunity to create a fun, mysterious group of nuns to protect and help the maid in her quest.
The end result turned into the journey of a girl discovering her courage and value with a sprinkling of magic, adventure, and romance.
The main theme of my story is that even the most ordinary-seeming person is anything but common—we are all capable of doing incredible things, no matter our circumstances. I also hope readers take away the encouragement that often the hardest parts of our journey are preparing us for something greater that’s yet to come.
I write Young Adult fiction because my pre-teen and teenage years were when books made the largest impact on my life. I often needed an escape from the challenges of discovering my identity in the midst of navigating school, activities, and relationships, and whenever I found a book I loved, I would read it again and again to revisit those cherished characters and worlds.
I hope my stories can provide a similar place of enjoyment and belonging to young adults who might need a brief reprieve from the chaotic world around them.
Find Common (Tales of the Mystics, Book One) on Amazon!
An avid reader practically since birth, Laurie Lucking discovered her passion for writing after leaving her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom.
When she gets a break from playing superheroes and driving windup cars, she writes young adult fantasy with a strong thread of fairy tale romance.
Her debut novel, Common, won third place in the Christian Women Reader’s Club Literary Lighthouse Awards, and her short story, “Threshold,” was published in a Fellowship of Fantasy anthology titled Mythical Doorways.
Laurie is the Secretary of her local ACFW chapter and a co-founder of Lands Uncharted, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. A Midwestern girl through and through, she currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. Find out more by visiting more at www.laurielucking.com.