The Curse of Time M J Mallory
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YA Fantasy | Q&A M J Mallon | The Curse of Time

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The Curse of Time M J Mallon

Find out M J Mallon’s inspiration for her novel, which character she would choose to be, the scene she found the hardest to write and much more.

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The Curse of Time M J Mallon



ISBN: 9781999822439

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Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Book Design:

Photography Credit: Dr John C Taylor, OBE:

Paperback includes additional material – two black and white illustrations by Artist – Carolina Russo.

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Hi Marjorie,

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.


What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?

I’m fascinated by light and darkness, good and evil, myths and legends, and the frailty of life represented by the ruthless nature of time. I decided to incorporate and explore these and many other themes in the novel.


If you could choose to be one of your characters who would you be?

That’s an interesting question. I’d probably say the main character Ryder, as he has the potential to be so wicked! That’s almost like a confession – I must have a darker side!


Was there anything about your protagonist that surprised you Marjorie?

Both of my main protagonists surprise me. The story is principally written in the point of view of fifteen-year-old Amelina. At the beginning Amelina struggles to cope with the tragic after effects of a curse that has befallen her family. Not surprisingly, she is vulnerable and prone to be fooled by Ryder’s apparent chivalry, charm and charisma. Ryder’s hypnotic good looks are impossible to ignore. He is an enigma, astounding almost everyone with his dark, deliciousness. But as time progresses Amelina begins to realise that he is not the person he pretends to be. This realisation shocks and awakens Amelina. She grows in maturity and her persona begins to change, becoming more confident and self-assured. Much to her surprise she discovers that she is a Krystallos, a magical being with crystal powers.


What scene did you enjoy writing the most?

I loved the scene when Amelina discovers the Crystal Cottage for the first time. It is so beautiful, and full of hope. Even in darkness there is light. Sometimes, you have to wait to find the light but when you do it is a magical moment to cherish forever.


… and the hardest?

One of the hardest scenes to write was the one in which Ryder demonstrates the depth of his blackness. It is literally embedded in his skin. I had to rack my imagination to make that scene different. I am very happy with how it turned out. No spoilers!


What inspired you to write?

Art. Beauty. Light. Darkness. Time. Shadows.

I’d say my first source of inspiration was the magnificent crystal grotto by Anya Gallaccio, The Light Pours Out of Me, which I discovered at a sculpture park, Juniper Artland in Wilkieston, Scotland. This inspired me to incorporate brilliant crystals, and living art into the story.

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Also, the magnificent timepiece on King’s Parade in Cambridge – The Corpus Christi Chronopage, invented by Dr. John C Taylor, OBE became my second source of inspiration. Image courtesy of Dr John C Taylor, OBE:

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With this intriguing addition the story became much darker than it had originally been. Ryder’s character rose to the resulting challenge of dark, mysteriousness. He had to be able to effortlessly manipulate people to make them believe his every word.


Does your book tackle a social barrier Marjorie? 

The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone covers many issues, but principally focuses on self-harm, anxiety, depression and to a lesser degree, eating disorders. There are parallels between Esme, (the mirror girl,) who is trapped in the mirrors of Amelina’s home and Amelina’s family who are also trapped in an unhappy household. In the past Amelina’s family had known great happiness. Now, she finds that she is overwhelmed by the many obstacles that she must overcome to restore her family’s joy. But, she realises she cannot be weak; she must be positive, resourceful and determined. Esme, (the mirror girl) struggles with her emotions. This is due to her troubled past and history of self-harm. She opens her heart to Amelina confiding in her and in turn Esme listens to Amelina’s problems, becoming like the sister she never had.


If your book is part of a series, what is in the future?

I am currently writing the second book in the series, The Curse of Time, Book Two, Golden Healer. I hope to incorporate all three of Dr John C. Taylor’s Chronopage clocks into the series, the grasshopper, the mythological fly and the dragon. I am so looking forward to imaginatively incorporating these incredible inventions into book two and three.

Images courtesy of Dr John C. Taylor, OBE:

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The Curse of Time M J Mallon


Have you joined any writing groups? 

Yes, I am a member of two writing groups, Cambridge Writers and SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators:

I have been a long term member of Cambridge Writers, it is an excellent group:  We meet regularly for critique groups, meetings, support and encouragement. My membership of SCBWI is more recent, but I would encourage others to join this group. Recently, I was delighted to be selected to attend a SCBWI event in London, at Goldsmith University – A Debut Boot Camp for new authors. The support and encouragement I have received from both groups has been wonderful.


Finally, what has been the best part of your writing journey so far?

The best part of my writing journey has been the boost of confidence it has given me. Since I started writing four years ago I have achieved so many things. I started my blog three years ago and this has enabled me to meet so many authors, bloggers and artists. I collaborated with author Colleen Chesebro who became my principal beta reader and editor. I discovered a wonderful blog about cats and crystals:

Samantha kindly offered images of her cat Lily to pose as the black cat character in my book.

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I had been following Carolina Russo’s wonderful artistic blog for some time when I enquired if she would be interested in creating a unique portrait of my mirror girl character, Esme.

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Carolina also created a wonderful illustration of the Creature and The Cottage, both of which are in the paperback version of my book.

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Images of Esme and The Creature © Carolina Russo.


It has been such a wonderful feeling to collaborate with these talented writers, bloggers and artists. There have been so many highlights of my writing journey but I must mention how much I have enjoyed attending three blogger’s bash events in London, meeting fellow authors and bloggers, sharing ideas and learning new skills. The Bloggers Bash is a fabulous annual event organised by author Sacha Black.

Thank you for being my guest today.


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M J MallonI am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews:

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Connect with M J Mallon

Authors Website

Collaborative blog

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time

Facebook Authors/Bloggers Support Group Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club






I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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