Michele: So tell us who you are and why you have three books written about you?
Magda: What a question to ask a person! I’m just somebody who is trying to save her life and the lives of the people she loves – no matter what the price to me and my soul. I live in Budapest, a terrible war is about to break out this year, 1939, and despite my ties to Count Bathory, vampire lord of Budapest, my position is precarious indeed. My sister Gisele needs me to protect her – our parents are dead – and we haven’t got a pengo to our name.
I am a Lazarus witch, and the Book of Raziel is my inheritance. The Book is lost, but if I find it and claim it for my own I just might be able to invoke the hidden spells within and avert the grim prophecies of war. My quest takes me all over Europe and into the gravest danger. But I have allies, celestial and infernal, and I will stop at nothing to succeed.
Michele: Why are you called the Witch of Budapest?
Magda: I don’t know, really. My power as a Lazarus witch comes from my lineage, not my birthplace. I can trace my provenance all the way back to the Witch of Ein Dor, she who spoke with Samuel’s shade and predicted King Saul’s demise. So you can see, my witchery dates back before the city of Budapest!
But I am a child of Hungary, despite, and I claim the mantle despite my mixed emotions for my birthplace, about who and what I really am. I no longer live in Budapest, but a part of my heart will never leave.
Michele: At one point you ask your readers, “Who do you love? And do you seek the darkness or the light?” How would you answer these questions yourself?
Magda: Ah, there’s the rub. All my terrible and magical adventures come back to this. I love my little sister, and I love my dearest friend Eva, and my beautiful and terrifying guardian angel, Raziel. I love life itself, love chocolate and Turkish coffee and Chanel suits.
But I would die to save these things I love, give them all away if somehow I could save them. And to save them, I must seek the darkness that threatens them. So I wish I could say I seek the light, because the light to me is love. But to save my loves I must go into the darkness, embrace it even. I will do what I must.
Michele: Is there any magic you can share with us, your mortal audience? And what can you tell us about angels?
Magda: Magic is in every drop of water, every blade of grass. You summon your magic with every yes, with every no that you utter. My dear reader, if you will protect and nurture the magic hidden within yourself, you can prevail against any evil.
And remember, an angel hovers over every soul, encouraging each blade of grass to grow. Most cannot see or hear their angels – perhaps you can? Even if they are silent to you, remember they are there. And your angels walk with you on this earth, more than you can ever know.
Michele Lang writes supernatural tales: the stories of witches, lawyers, goddesses, bankers, demons, and other magical creatures hidden in plain sight. Author of the LADY LAZARUS historical fantasy series, Michele’s most recent book in the series, REBEL ANGELS, released in March 2013.
Michele is also a lawyer who has practiced the unholy craft of litigation in both New York and Connecticut. She returned to her native New York shortly before 9/11, and now lives in a small town on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband, her sons, and a rotating menagerie of cats, hermit crabs, and butterflies.
What’s next for Michele?
Michele is currently working on a new historical fantasy series, along with a paranormal romance series. In addition, she loves to write short stories, and recently wrote a story, “The Phoenix of Mulberry Street,” in the Mercedes Lackey Elemental Masters universe. You can find the story in the collection, ELEMENTAL MAGIC.