Now in the Works: WHAT YOU WANT MOST

WHAT YOU WANT MOST Cover

The first two mind-control stories that I ever wrote, and my two favorites, are Names Have Power and Three More Wishes.

Names Have Power is about a man who is given mind-control powers—except that at first he does not even know he has mind-control powers. At first he thinks that women around him are acting oddly. To me, the fun of writing the story was the question, “When he’s causing changes, but he doesn’t know he’s causing changes, what does he think is going on?”

Three More Wishes is about a young man who gets a wishing lamp and a genie. Except that I did not only tell the genie-master’s tale (in the original story, two sequel stories, and a bonus story)—I also explained how the genies got stuck in those lamps. If you have read Three More Wishes and its sequels, you know that in that world, there are four Tribes’ worth of djinn, most of whom are not genies. Meaning that most of the djinn of the four Tribes are not stuck in a Vessel (a brass lamp, a brass bottle, or a ruby ring) and these free djinn are not compelled to grant wishes.

One such free djinni is Bashira of the Green Tribe of Djinn, who is a friend of Fatima’s. Bashira was briefly mentioned in One More Genie and in More Genie Problems. In What You Want Most, Bashira got a nasty scare in 1912 aboard the RMS Titanic, and since then Bashira appreciates humans who are brave.

Brian is a young man who does a very brave thing: wading into water during a lightning storm to rescue three stranded motorists. Bashira, who has never met Brian, decides to reward him for his bravery.

But Bashira does not reward Brian by granting his wishes—because a person speaks wishes only when he expects that they will be immediately granted. No, Bashira grants his wants—feelings he blurts out not because he expects them to be granted, but because he is feeling the wants so fiercely at the time. And since granting a want is not as powerful a life-changer as granting a wish, Bashira grants ten of Brian’s wants, not just three.

So just like before, I am writing a hero who is changing the women around him—except he does not realize that he is the person changing them.

THE COVER IMAGE: The woman on the cover has dyed-auburn hair, while Bashira of the story has black hair. But other than this one mistake, the woman on the cover is meant to be Bashira. Note the all-green clothing, nail polish, and jewelry; and the bright-green eyes.

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7 thoughts on “Now in the Works: WHAT YOU WANT MOST

  1. Great synopsis! I love how you market your other books in a totally casual way, entwining one to the other, just like they really do fit together. Yes, yes, I know–I’m one of your alpha readers, but hey, who can resist a compelling synopsis! BTW–I see Bashira as one of those rare djinns, who likes to shake things up with the black-haired by wishing some magic on herself and viola– lighter, lovely hair!

    • Well, _djinn_ of the Green, Blue, and Pink Tribes are shapeshifters, so Bashira doesn’t even have to say “Abracadabra!” in order to look like herself but with auburn hair. Remember that in the short story “Kristin Tells (Mostly) All,” Fatima shape-shifted herself into looking like a fair-skinned blonde.

  2. Well Doc, you’ve done it again. You’ve whet my appetite and now I can’t wait. As usual, I’ll expect there to be cameos from your other stories (especially Fatima and perhaps Marvin). Can we look forward to any ‘Easter Eggs” or hidden clues?

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