Dear Tamora Pierce:

I picked up The Will of the Empress at the library last week and really enjoyed it. I spent a lovely couple of hours sitting at a campsite with a cup of hot chocolate and reading about mage adventures while the rest of my family napped. Really, what more could one ask for?

I have a question, though. Creating four main characters who are all-powerful mages doesn’t exactly make for a high-tension book. Anyone who threatens these four gets summarily sewn up/caged/drained/bonked on the head. So my question: how do you write a book with little conflict and barely any plot and still leave the reader wanting more?

I’m thinking you could sell a good many writing guides if you shared the answer.

Tanya Kyi

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