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Springfield Author Publishes Fantasy Book on Old Character

Wizards, ghouls, and magic are not things that are often associated with Southwest Missouri, but a local author is delving into the land of fantasy with her new book. Katy Rogers is currently a student at Missouri State and the author of recently published Daughters of Merlin. Rogers came into the KSMU studios to talk with Matt Evans about the book.

Since its release in 2005, the series Twilight by Stephenie Meyer has sold over 42 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 37 different languages. Since the first Harry Potter book was sold in 1997, over 400 million copies of the books have been sold and translated into 67 different languages. With this increase in popularity of books in the “fantasy realm,” other authors are exploring this genre as well.

Katy Rogers is a local author who recently published her first book entitled The Daughters of Merlin. The book is the first in a three part series about the untold story of the legendary wizard Merlin, and his two daughters, Serenade and Merek. The series will follow the two girls as they grow up in the house of Merlin and begin their journey into the world.

Rogers says she enjoyed writing fantasy literature since she was a teenager and explains why she thinks the fantasy books like Twilight and Harry Potter have become so wildly popular.

“I think people, when they read, anymore, are looking for an escape.”

Rogers says Merlin is one of her favorite characters. She says her Merlin is not like the gray-bearded, grandfatherly figure many people think of him as.

“He is my own brew, based loosely on the myths I read about him.”

Rogers hopes to have the series completed within two years. Her book is self-published through the assistance of Outskirts Press. You can find copies of The Daughters of Merlin at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and at the MSU Bookstore.

For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.