Author Jaysen Headley, creator of the web-comic, “The Class”, and co-host of “First Impressions“, will see his first novel released on October 31st, right in time for Halloween. So much more than just a ghost story, “A Love Story For Witches” could best be described as a fairy tale/adventure. It’s more than just a love story, it’s a fast, page turning, homage to the magic and romanticism long-lost from the monsters heyday. The story centers on Adam, “a normal, non-magical, non-wizard, non-sorcerer” young man having recently graduated from Pratt, currently jobless, yet more concerned with the “get a fancy design job and meet a nice girl” aspect that comes with post college territory. He’s looking for “the classic love story” and is led to Heart Heart Hug, an online dating service, that leads him to Eva, a 25-year-old “magic-wielding sorceress supreme of the fifth order.”
What stands out more so than anything else in “A Love Story For Witches” is Headley’s flair for a sense of animated writing. Among a dizzying landscape of authors, and of people trying to break out of a market that may seem at times hexed, Headley has the skill to create a story that should be in everyone’s hands. He’s not only the writer of the story, but the master director and producer at the helm of this project. Jayson Headley plays to a very specific beat of relatable dialogue and situations that make “A Love Story For Witches” so much fun to read. Be it the staging of a scene early on when Adam first meets his online date, Eva, and unbeknownst to him at this time that she is a witch, to a more cinematic moment of two witches soaring “towards each other like two heavenly forces, both of them hellbent on annihilating the other”, Headley consistently creates a fantasy grounded very much in reality. What may be most striking about his work is the ability to create a sense of familiarity, an uneasy skill for many. Jaysen Headley, originally from Colorado and now living in New York, knows the city well. Whether he’s describing the Financial District at night or a happening neighborhood in the Village, there is a real feeling you get of actually being there. What speaks to the success of any creation is of how long it stays with you after the fact. After reading certain passages in “A Love Story For Witches” it is without a doubt that I now envision Adam, his friend Diego, and Eva somewhere out there.
“A Love Story For Witches”, upon completion, is so much more than a fantasy novel. It’s also so much more than just a love story. It’s the expression of author, Jaysen Headley, and all he has to offer on what it means to be human – to experience the joys, sorrows, moments of pride, and occasions of failure. His work is a testament to the positivity that grows out of hard work and commitment. The story of Adam and Eva is one that we could all relate to and learn a little from. They are two people, who if it wasn’t for being honest with themselves and each other, may not have met and created their own personal and unique love story. “If we can just let go of our fears, and stop worrying about what we THINK love should be, we might just get a chance to see love for what it really is.” That sentiment, shared by Adam, poignantly captures the legitimacy of what Headley’s 325 page novel is all about. In speaking with Headley, he offered “Love Story tells the tale of one very basic concept. We all want desperately to find the one person we can share our lives with. We want, inherently, to fall in love. Yet the second we meet someone we care for, we shut down. We’re terrified of actually being in love or worse yet, admitting that we are in love.” Sometimes, if we let go of our fears, insecurities, and inhibitions; if we stop trying to live up to the ideas of what others set and just be true to who we are, there is pride to be taken in what we’ve accomplished. Jaysen Headley’s story is about love and filled with love. Sometimes, if not most of the time, that is the greatest message. “Love Story offers a tale that is personal to so many people in the dating scene. However, I also think that Love Story is special in just how diverse it is. The cast is composed of several different races, sexual orientations and ages. It has always been important to me to create stories with people who are not all one race or sex or orientation as I think that real life comprises of a vast array of characters.”
Every once in a while a book comes out that sweeps the nation by storm. We’ve seen it happen with “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyer, and “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling. These stories, while varying in nature, could be seen everywhere you turn. Be it a subway ride at the end of the day, possibly in a waiting room or on your lunch break – someone is seen with a copy in their hands. With the release of “A Love Story For Witches” by Jaysen Headley – in stores on Halloween, we could very well be looking at the next popular fantasy novel.
“A Love Story For Witches”is currently available, ahead of the October 31st release, on Amazon.com
“A Love Story For Witches” gets four out of five spells and incantations!
*Come meet the author, Jaysen Headley, for a book signing on Wednesday, October 29th at Forbidden Planet NYC. The event will take place from 6 to 8 pm at 832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. There will also be a launch event/signing on Thursday, October 30th at Kiehl’s NYC. This event will take place at 6 pm at 678 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036.