Caswel Esmar is a Knight of Whiteleaf, charged with guarding the Elder Council, and he's bored with his job. When the Elders catch him sneaking into the Realm of Mortals to have a good time, they punish him by forcing him to live as a Mortal without magic for 50 moons. To increase his misery, they make him a teenage girl going to a Catholic school in Long Island. He learns a lesson, but not the intended one.
Gregg Schwartzkopf is a husband, father, vocational rehabilitation counselor and, most relevantly, a writer. He’s had the kind of eclectic work experience that one expects of a writer including food service manager, research assistant and professional search consultant. Additionally, he’s spent significant time avoiding reality. In his teens, he was a member of the Society of American Magicians. He has an interest in mythology and the occult and he regularly participates in fantasy role play gaming. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife of thirty-plus years and a Manx cat named Ness. For the record, his maternal grandmother was Canadian.
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The bad guys need to have credible reasons for their dastardly deeds. Esmeralda is motivated by envy and revenge, but Peter is intimidated by women with power, so he lashes out at them. It sets up a development path for him throughout the series
Judgment of the Elders
Peter viewed Amanda as both a rival and the embodiment of everything wrong with women. She was a good student, volunteer tutor and editor of the school paper. She had flawless pink skin (courtesy of her mother, the dermatologist), a narrow, patrician nose (because her father was a plastic surgeon) and pearly white teeth (thanks to a dentist uncle). She and Peter dated sporadically throughout high school, but only because they each wanted domination over the other. Amanda had a sense of self and level of confidence that Peter viewed as dangerous in a woman. It was that attitude that incited his mother to divorce his father and allowed Gerri to manipulate his Dad by suggesting she might also leave.