Kate and Cecelia
with Caroline Stevermer
Sorcery and Cecelia (1988)
The Grand Tour (2004)
The Mislaid Magician (2006)
Kate and Cecy are cousins and best friends in an
alternate Regency-era England where magic
works and is an accepted part of society. They
are temporarily separated (in the first book)
when Kate is taken to London for her "Season,"
and they stumble upon opposite ends of a
magical plot. The story is told through their
Caroline and I started these books as a game,
alternately writing letters to each other "in
character." She was Kate and I was Cecy. When
we finished the stack of letters that became
Sorcery and Cecelia, we sent it to our agent. The
book was published by Ace books in a small print
run, and not reprinted.
Nearly fifteen years later, demand for used
copies of the first book was still great enough
that our agents were able to resell the first title
along with a sequel. We had been working on the
sequel for years; it turned out to be much harder
to repeat the process when we knew we were
writing for publication, rather than for our own
For the third volume, The Mislaid Magician, we
skipped ahead in time ten years, to the building
of the early railroads in England.
We don't currently have plans for another book in
the series, but Caroline's Magic Below Stairs (due
in 2010) will be set in the same background.