With three Siamese cats and one German wire-haired dachshund for company, Kat McGee loves to experiment in the kitchen. (No, she doesn’t cook or bake, she experiments. It’s much safer that way.) After three recent failed baking attempts, the dachshund snagged bits of dropped muffin crumbles and made a run for it. Amid the scatteration of cats and the mess, the idea for the Taste of Magic series was born. Writing about the residents in a fictional, magic-imbued southern town is turning out to be Kat’s most successful experiment yet.