Though born in Canada, Kaja Blackley spent many of his formative years in New York City — an environment he credits for setting him on his creative path: “The city wasn’t very beautiful to my five-year-old self, but the creative energy was intoxicating.”
Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, Where the Wild Things Are and The Chronicles of Narnia were the key that opened the door to his childhood imagination. He drew all the time and later discovered that words, writing stories were just as interesting as making pictures. One of Kaja’s stories has been made into a Hollywood movie, and he was named One of The One Hundred Canadians to Watch by Maclean’s magazine.
Maggie MacCormack and the Witches’ Wheel is Kaja’s first novel in the young adult genre, and the culmination of his artistic endeavours. “It took me a while to find my direction. I fumbled and experimented with everything from painting murals to making comics before finding my calling. Better late than never.” Maggie MacCormack and the Witches’ Wheel is Kaja’s first book in an upcoming series of Maggie’s adventures.
Kaja Blackley lives near Toronto, Canada, with his wife and two children. Kaja’s blog on art and the creative process is updated regularly: http://kajablackley.com/blog/
Maggie MacCormack and the Witches’ Wheel is the first book in a Young Adult fantasy series by author Kaja Blackley. It’s the story of a twelve-year-old girl who has spent her life in foster care. With her latest placement Maggie finds herself in a welcoming but peculiar environment, slowly discovering that everything she thought she knew about her life was untrue. Well on her way along the challenging twists and turns of her new adventure, she will have no alternative but to face the dark forces ahead.