Wednesday 5 April 2023

A Slice of Cake With... Mandi Oyster

Today I am delighted to have a slice of cake with author Mandi Oyster.

Mandi lives in Southwest Iowa in the middle of an enchanted forest where unicorns, fairies, and dragons abound. At least, that’s what she assumes when she looks out into the trees. Her husband, two kids (when they’re not away at college), four cats, and two chinchillas share the house with her.

Besides being an author, she also runs her own editing business and works full-time as a digital prepress technician for a local printshop.

What kind of books do you write?

The Dacia Wolf series is a lot like a more grown-up Harry Potter. A lot of reviewers have compared the friendships to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

Dacia is magic in a world where magic is typically just sleight of hand. She feels like an outcast and hopes that going to college will change that. When she accidentally lights a classmate’s book on fire, she ends up in the dean’s office and finds out that she is part of a prophecy and needs to learn to control her magic.

I am currently working on the 8th book in the Dacia Wolf series and the first book in a new witchy series.

Can you describe your writing why?

The first book, Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy, kept running through my head on repeat until I sat down and wrote it. It wasn’t something I planned on doing. It was something that needed to be done. Since then, writing is something that helps me feel complete. 

Share with us your favourite passage from the book you enjoyed writing the most

This is from my 7th book, Dacia Wolf & the Phouka’s Curse. I think out of all of them that it’s my favorite. Everything just sort of clicked when I wrote this book. 

“I, uh—” I cleared my throat. It shouldn’t matter. People lived with terrible scars, and many of those had memories, lessons that were attached to them, reminders to keep them from making those mistakes over and over again, but I had no idea what had happened to me. I didn’t know who or what had ripped the wings from my back, and I didn’t want to be reminded that my memories could be erased so easily. I dropped my gaze to the floor, not wanting to see their reactions. “I haven’t looked.”

Tell us about your latest project

My most recent book is Cody Hawks & the Chosen One. It is a retelling of Dacia Wolf & the Prophecy from the main male character’s perspective. It was a blast to write because I got to know Cody so much better than I had writing the seven books that are out in the Dacia Wolf series. I was able to see how everything she went through affected him. If you are interested in reading Cody Hawks & the Chosen One, you can get the ebook free by signing up for my monthly newsletter at

What is your favourite cake?

This is a tough one. It’s either Mississippi Mud Cake, Angel Lush, or Strawberry Shortcake. Mississippi Mud is super rich: chocolate cake with coconut, iced with marshmallow cream mixed with fudge and more coconut. Angel Lush is an angel food cake iced with whipped cream mixed with pineapple. I think most people know what strawberry shortcake is.

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Join me next week when I will be having a slice of cake with Gio Jacobs. 

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Claire Buss is a multi-genre author and poet, completely addicted to cake. Find out more about her books on her website Join the discussion in her Facebook group Buss's Book Stop. Never miss out on future posts by following me

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