The next big thing blog chain

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
When Ali Cross contacted me about doing a blog chain, I immediately had middle school flashbacks to the whole "pretty panties" chain. You know, where you send someone five pairs of panties. Then send out a letter to five more people who each send you five pairs of panties. Ali had never heard of it. So I posted on facebook about pretty panties chain, and wasn't it funny all the weird things we did as kids. 

No one else had heard of it either. 

*I'm starting to think someone was pulling a prank on me . . . (are you beginning to get a feel for what middle school was like for me?) 

Anyway, it was Ali asking, so I couldn't very well say no. I mean, her character is Satan's daughter. That's one girl you DO NOT want to mess with. 

So without further ado: 
What is the working title of your book? 
Witch Fall

Where did the idea come from for the book? 
It's the third book in the Witch Song series. I'm letting Lilette's story, the story of the Witch's fall from the most powerful and revered entity on earth, to the most hated and feared. 

What genre does your book fall under? 
Young adult high fantasy. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
Joshen would be played by Chris Hemsworth (he's HOT). Brusenna by Meaghan Jette Martin or maybe Emma Roberts (did you know Julia Roberts had an actress daughter?). 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
A thousand years before Brusenna's birth, another Witch stands between the witches and a war that will spell their slow decline into ruin.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
I traditionally published my first book. The next two are self published (it's totally true that you make more money). 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

Witch Song took 1 month plus 2 years of on and off editing. Witch Born took about 9 months start to finish. I've just started on Witch Fall, but I'm up to 18k words (about 20% done) with the first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
I write in the same vein as Kristin Cashore, Rae Carson, and Robin McKinley. My style is very similar to Jessica Spotswood. 

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
I wanted to take evil, chanting witches and transform them into something beautiful and natural. Hence, my witches sing beautiful songs to control nature. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Brusenna grows from a very insecure, haunted child into a mature, but still imperfect, woman. The romance is very believable and gradual (no love at first sight stuff). Also, there's a sea battle (complete with cannons) and singing. And horses. And a Irish wolfhoud. And people. Bugs. There might even be a chicken at one point . . . 

(Admit it, I'm funny) 

And on to the next peeps: 

*HA! I looked it up after I wrote this post:


  1. Okay, um, sending people panties is just kind of weird. No, I've never heard of it.

  1. Like I said, the weird things people did in middle school. In my defense, I never responded to the letters.

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  1. Unknown said...:

    I have no idea what the 5 panties thing was about but than again I did grow up in Central Montana where snipe hunts were consider an honest sport.
    I know I am definitely going be looking for a chicken now once I get Witch Born in the mail. Bring on the scavenger hunt.

  1. Panties chains sounds weird. Heh.

    But I can't wait to read WITCH FALL!

  1. Lynette: Let me know if you find one . . . cause I don't think there is. *tries to remember*

    Cherie: It was weird. Which is why I didn't respond.

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