I'm assuming there are wizards who specialize in therapy for other wizards. Will Kit and Nita ever get some help for some of the things they've seen? I'm remembering a passage in A Wizard Abroad where Nita sees red stuff on the ground and knows...
If they need help, they’ll get it (or it’s likely to come get them), one way or another. But those episodes are ones to which we won’t be privy.
Could someone who wants to serve Life, but is uncomfortable with the idea of swearing themselves to the godlike Powers, still be a wizard?
The Wizard’s Oath is sworn to Life / in Life’s name (or to the One / in the One’s name, if you prefer), not to the Powers. The Powers are just your colleagues. Very senior and powerful colleagues, yeah. But the Oath is not sworn to them.
You know how They (tm) say to write what you want to read? Well, is that how your Young Wizards series came about, because it was a story you'd read but it wasn't written yet?
Mmm, no, not as such. I was quite annoyed at another YA writer at the time – about issues surrounding the way some character business had been handled o their books – and set out to see if I couldn’t do it better.
This isn’t an unusual creative mode for me, BTW – getting angry about something and then writing something to see if it can be done better. That was how I got into professional Star Trek writing. There was another Trek book that annoyed me so that I said (to at least one person then, probably more), “I could eat a ream of typing paper and BARF a better Star Trek novel than that.” …Nine Trek novels later, apparently some people agree with me. :)
Yep. This one:
…It’s a thinly-concealed version of O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The bad guys kidnap Megan’s little brother. This turns out to have been a Bad Move. :)