There isn’t a specific writing style that gets me, or plot, or characters. The ones I publish are the ones that I wake up the next morning still thinking about, the ones that pop into my head while I’m making coffee; the ones that change me in some subtle way.
Magic is real, and hungry—trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. Freshly awake to just what dangers are lurking, she joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.
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Internally, the writers divide up this season of Bookburners into four phases. Each phase is four episodes long, and every writer writes one episode per phase.
When a mysterious invite arrives in the mail and Father Menchu responds by whisking Sal off to Lichtenstein, the former cop is left on very new ground as she gets more than a glimpse at the broader world of magic users.
I love collaborating with other writers. It’s one of the things that drew me to writing for television in the first place. I mean, what better job is there than sitting around with a bunch of smart creative people and planning the lives of fictional characters as though they’re real?
I love food. I don't mean in the gluttonous way and I don't mean in the foodie way.
Sal and Asanti leave the rest of the Team in the lurch when they jet off to Scotland to attend the funeral of the archivists’ mentor.
Coming out of the writer's retreat in Boston, some of the sixteen episodes of the first season were better defined than others. What I had for episode 3 was: Sal is homesick, introduce [the character who would become Aaron], and "Sal and Liam bang."
The Team saves on flight costs as the newest mystery happens around the corner.
The best part of collaborating—for me—is getting to pitch an idea to a room full of brilliant people and go “Hey! What do we think about…. THIS?” And then you see, in real time, whose eyes light up and whose go dead!
In our initial writers’ meeting, Episode 2 was the one that no one wanted to do. Because I really wanted to do a particular episode later in the season (I won’t say which one), I said I would go for it. Team player or conniving jerk? You decide.
Sal Brooks, newest member of Team Three of the Societas Librium Occultorum, is settling into her job and apartment in Rome.