Thanks so much for upcoming4.me for letting me talk about the origins of The Tide King:
My novel The Tide King resulted from the collision of very different orbits. Of course, the main premise is about an enchanted herb—burnette saxifrage—which, if taken in any form, grants eternal, regenerating life. But the original story idea never had any elements of magical realism—in fact, it was strictly historical.
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