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A.J. Locke | MAGIC DARK, MAGIC DIVINE: Meet the Characters


Hi everyone, I’m A.J. Locke, author of the upcoming urban fantasy novel, MAGIC DARK, MAGIC DIVINE with Entangled Publishing. Today I thought I’d share a fun interview with my four main characters, Pennrae, Callan, Gideon, and Toji, as a way of introducing them so you can get to know what they’re like before you meet them on the page. The answers they give don’t just pull from the book either! You’ll learn tidbits about them here that don’t echo in the novel, so it’s a great bit of insight into who they are as well as what their relationships with each other are like. I hope you enjoy getting to know my crew a bit.

Q1: Give one word to describe the others

Penn: Oh, this should be good…

Gideon: Unflattering descriptions will be heckled.

Toji: Gideon is one of the most fiercely caring people I know. Penn is unfathomably protective of those she cares about. I don’t know Callan very well yet, but he has to be strong if Penn has him by her side.

Callan: I definitely need my strength. She throws a mean punch…

Penn: Watch it before one really comes your way.

Gideon: Me next! Toji, my love, is endlessly patient and understanding. I know that’s two words but there’s no shortage of adjectives for my husband. Penn is extremely perceptive, and Callan has nice biceps.

Callan: Thank you. Next to my abs they’re my best trait. Gideon and Toji, you are both loyal friends with how I’ve seen you show up for Penn and stay by her side through all the danger that’s cropped up. And Penn, you’re the incredibly strong one. I’m in awe of you.

Penn: Guess I won’t punch you after all. Gideon, you’re ride or die, always have been. Toji, you have an inner strength that can go unnoticed, but I see it. Callan, you’re dependable no matter what.


Q2: What are your hobbies and pastimes?

Penn: Punching things, kicking things, stabbing things…

Gideon: Don’t be one-dimensional, Penn.

Penn: Fine. I enjoy carving wooden figurines and making metal and wood-based jewelry in between punching and stabbing things.

Toji: Cooking, watercolor painting, photography.

Callan: Knitting, graphic design, karate, anime, and video games.

Gideon: Watching Toji cook, manga, anime, and video games, collecting authentic magic-era items, the rarer the better, basketball.


Q3: What is your favorite color?

Penn: Magenta

Toji: Aqua

Gideon: Teal

Callan: Peacock Blue


Q4: What is your favorite food?

Penn: Anything Gideon’s Guyanese mother cooks.

Gideon: Amen to that. Curried goat all day.

Callan: Can’t single out a favorite, I eat almost anything.

Toji: I also favor my mother-in-law’s cuisine. And I love a good Okonomiyaki.


Q5: How close are you to your family?

Penn: I was very close to my parents and sister. I miss them every day.

Callan: I was close to my parents in childhood but grew apart from my father as an adult for…reasons. My mother was my best friend.

Toji: I never met my biological family, but I have a pretty good relationship with my adoptive family, which includes two sisters.

Gideon: I’m tempted to say I’m not close to my family so my mother can read this interview then call me at seven in the morning to berate me while my father makes agreeable sounds in the background.

Penn: Why would you do that to yourself?

Gideon: I haven’t ruffled their feathers in a while, it’s overdue.

Penn: Your funeral. I’ll miss you.


Q6: What are your views on sex?

Penn: Yes, please.

Gideon: I’ll take five

Penn: Five sex?

Gideon: Yes, that’s right.

Penn: Toji?

Toji: He’s already had two today.

Penn: Oh myyyy…

Callan: My poor, innocent ears.

Penn: I know you’re not talking.

Callan: You’re right, we’ve only had one sex today we gotta catch up to beat them.

Penn: Now it’s a competition? I’m down though.


Q7: What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?

Penn: Will be a hard mountain to climb for anything to top falling asleep for almost three hundred years.

Toji: Becoming an RN and meeting Gi

Gideon: Marrying Toji and opening my own consignment shop

Callan: Losing my mother


Q8: Do you have any tattoos or scars that tell a story?

Gideon: I have a piece above my shoulder blade in memory of a childhood friend that passed away. I want some kinda anime or game related one someday soon.

Penn: I have several tattoos, one of my Familiar, Ashe, a floral based on Tamer flowers, and some others. These two scars in my eyebrow are from a fight to the death that I won by the skin of my teeth…

Callan: Now Penn…

Penn: ….

Callan: A magic-era bird clawed her when she was trying to get it back into its nest.

Penn: No sex for you. Gideon and Toji win.

Callan: Damn it.

Toji: I don’t have any tattoos, but I’d like to get a sleeve started. Quarter, then half, and eventually full.

Gideon: Mmm, if you think I can’t keep my hands off you now wait until you’re tatted up.

Penn: Gonna go from five sex to ten…

Gideon: I know that’s right.

I hope you had fun getting to know the gang a bit. Thank you for having me on Fresh Fiction!


Warrior of the Divine Sword #1

Magic Dark, Magic Divine

Pennrae Linbry’s done everything to make her life look as normal as possible. She’s a skilled karate instructor with a cute dog, great friends, and a sweet New York City loft. Her biggest nemesis is Callan, the gorgeous instructor at her dojo, because what’s not to loathe about a pompous jerk with perfect abs? But when a Brooklyn fair turns into a carnival of dangerous magic, “normal” disappears in a hot second.

Because Penn isn’t normal. Far from it. She’s a former warrior and Shaper from the magic-era who was punished with a 300-year-sleep. When she woke, magic was gone, along with her family and everything she knew. And now it looks like a dangerous Necromajin is in the present with her—and about to unleash a mess of magical hell upon the Big Apple.

Penn may have been asleep for a few centuries, but she’s still a fighter. With a powerful celestial alignment nearing and more questions than answers, she’s running out of time to save her city, her friends, and the love life she never saw coming from another magic apocalypse.

Romance Paranormal | Romance Fantasy [Entangled: Amara, On Sale: November 15, 2021, e-Book, / eISBN: 9781649372451]

About A.J. Locke

A.J. Locke

I'm your typical over-caffeinated writer with too many ideas and not enough time to do all of them. I write poetry and urban fantasy novels, and spend my days reading, writing and doing art all day. Not really, but a girl can dream. I'm an island girl at heart, originally from Trinidad & Tobago, but now make my home in NYC with my daughter.





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