New Gig + Upcoming Events

Hi! Ugh, I am terrible at updating the blog lately. So sorry! I started working recently at the DC Public Library as a part-time children’s associate. This means I’m spending twenty hours a week doing things like:

  • finding books on spiders
  • making scrolls for an upcoming ninja party
  • becoming best friends with the Accu-Cut in order to cut out a Dr. Seuss quote (“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”)
  • cutting out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stickers for the ninja party
  • signing kids in to use the computers
  • helping adorable toddlers find books on princesses
  • hanging streamers for the ninja party
  • playing card games with the kids
  • shelving books and taking pics of friends’ books I spy
  • inventorying & receiving new books (it’s like Christmas!)
  • feeding the worms in our worm farm (!)

It’s a pretty awesome job, to be honest. I really, really like it. But I didn’t realize being a children’s librarian would involve being quite so extroverted! I’ve been kind of exhausted. And I’ve only been at it for two weeks, so I’m still very much figuring out how to balance the new gig with my other jobs: writing MILBOURN FALLS, editing PETTICOATS & PISTOLS, teaching once a week for Writopia, and doing manuscript critiques for MCS.

Also, I have THREE bookish events coming up this week! They’re probably the last ones that I’ll do for a while, since I won’t have any new books coming out until 2016. (Though I do hope to volunteer at NoVA Teen Book Fest and go to NYC Teen Author Fest if I can!)

Wed, Nov 19 at 7pm

SHUT UP & WRITE: A PANEL DISCUSSION ON WORLD-BUILDING

Arlington Central Library; 1015 N Quincy St; Arlington, VA 22201

with Lisa Maxwell (Sweet Unrest) & Erica Cameron (Sing Sweet Nightingale)

moderated by Jon Skovron (Man Made Boy)

Fri, Nov 21 from 4-5pm

SIGNING AT THE NCTE (NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Gaylord Resort & Conference Center; 201 Waterfront St; National Harbor, MD 20745

I’ll be signing at the Penguin Young Readers Group’s Booth (booths 612-616)!

There are a ton of other amazing authors signing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including some of my favorites: Marie Rutkowski, Trish Doller, Miranda Kenneally, Caroline Richmond, and Stephanie Perkins.  You can find out more here (author signing info begins on p.183).

Sat, Nov 22 at 1pm

THE PUBLISHING PROCESS: a talk on revision, finding an agent, & getting published with author Jessica Spotswood

Southwest Neighborhood Library; 900 Wesley Place SW; Washington, DC

 

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Halloween Book Trail: The Looking Glass

The looking glassWelcome to the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! It’s based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In this trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work. (More info here.)

How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes: books, swag, Skype sessions, etc. At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop along the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory. One quiz entry per trail.

ABOUT ME

author photo JSJessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles: BORN WICKED (2012), STAR CURSED (2013), and SISTERS’ FATE (2014). She grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or – most often – with her nose in a book. Now Jess lives in Washington, DC with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She can be found watching plays, drinking tea, teaching writing workshops for teens, or – most often – with her nose in a book. Some things never change.

 

ABOUT BORN WICKED

ABW paperback cover gorgeous, witchy, romantic fantasy by a debut author! Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and the Beautiful Creatures series!

Everybody thinks Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship–or an early grave. Then Cate finds her mother’s diary, and uncovers a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe–not even from each other.

THE HALLOWEEN BOOK TRAIL Q&A

If your MC went trick or treating,what would they dress up as and why?

A witch! Actually, no, because that would earn her a trip to the gallows….I’m sure trick or treating would be on the Brotherhood’s list of forbidden activities. But if the Cahill sisters time-traveled to the future, I think Cate would dress up as a pirate, Maura would dress up as a sexy witch (ironic!), and Tess would dress up as Hermione Granger (who would be a total kindred spirit). Finn would be a pirate too.

What is your dream subject to write about?

I don’t know if I have a single dream subject. I want to write about lots of things! The following projects are all on my “someday” list: a WWII retelling of LITTLE WOMEN, a paranormal boarding school mystery, a series of fantasy fairy-tale retellings…My actual next projects are editing PETTICOATS & PISTOLS (an anthology of short stories about clever, resourceful American girls throughout history, featuring amazing authors like Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Elizabeth Wein, among others) and writing MILBOURN FALLS, my first contemporary YA! 

What is the most haunted place you’ve ever been to?

The Winchester Mystery House! I don’t know if it’s actually haunted, but it’s certainly weird and spooky with all those staircases leading nowhere.

Please share a photo of your favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn.

pretty in pinkThis was my freshman year in college. I’m on the left, in the Pretty in Pink costume (so much pink! so much tulle! Was it once a horrible bridesmaid’s dress? I’ll never know.), and my friend Katie is on the right. After a late-night play rehearsal, we raided the costume shop and then went to the annual Halloween party at the Lit House.

What magical/supernatural creature do you secretly want to be?

A witch! Obviously. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by! To continue on the Looking Glass Trail, head to Marissa Burt’s blog! 

But before you go: BONUS CONTEST!

To win a signed copy of one of my books (winner’s choice, open internationally) – fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave me a comment telling me: who’s your favorite literary witch?

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I’m Writing More Books! Announcing: MILBOURN FALLS!


I’ve been sitting on this super happy-making news for exactly a month, and I am so happy to finally share:

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In case you can’t read the eensy print, that says: Jessica Spotswood’s MILBOURN FALLS, about the summer a girl must contend with her family’s legacy of women who are cursed or crazy, the return of the mother who abandoned her, and the tattooed poet who helps her decide what kind of woman she wants to be, to Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks, in a two-book deal, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World). 

Which means: more books! I get to write more books! Yay!!

MILBOURN FALLS is still very much a work-in-progress (it sold on proposal) so I don’t want to say too much about it yet. But I will share my Pinterest inspiration board! You can check it out here. Let me know what you think!

MILBOURN FALLS is a standalone; the second book in the contract will be another, unrelated contemporary YA. This is a very different project for me – no magic! Contemporary! Standalone! But for those of you who loved the Cahill Witch Chronicles, there are some similarities – a maybe-cursed family history; complicated sisterly dynamics; a hot bookish boy (in this case, a boy covered in tattoos that are snippets of poems) and kissing.

And Ivy, the girl – I can’t wait for you all to meet Ivy! I’m still kind of getting to know her myself, but I find her and the summer before her senior year pretty fascinating.

Let’s see…what else can I tell you?

We’re hoping it will be out in spring 2016. Right after the PETTICOATS & PISTOLS anthology. So I won’t have a book out in 2015 (except the SISTERS’ FATE paperback, which will be out May 5) — but then I’ll have TWO out in 2016!

I am so excited to be working with Annette and Sourcebooks on this. They do some of my favorite contemporary YA (see: my friend Miranda Kenneally’s awesome books). And I am so happy to get to write this book. To write more books at all.

The last year has been hard. The hardest I have personally ever been through. I wrote about my anxiety & depression here. There were so many days I felt just utterly, illogically hopeless. But now – I get to edit an amazing anthology. I get to write more books. I found out just yesterday that I got a part-time job as a library associate at the DC Public Library! For the first time in what feels like a really long time, I am more excited than scared about the future.

Anyway, if you want to sign up for my brand new newsletter, you can do that here. I’ll be sending out the very first one next week and sharing a little more about the inspiration behind MILBOURN FALLS (including which YA novel made me want to write my own book set in a house by the sea)!

Also, if you are in the DC area, I have TWO book events with some fantastic authors coming up next week – one in Arlington and one in Bethesda! Check out my events page for all the details.

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: HOW WE FALL

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kate Brauning’s debut, HOW WE FALL, which comes out November 3 from Merit Press!  (You can go ahead and add it to your Goodreads list here.)

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

How We Fall

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much–and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body.

Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus–and deepens Jackie’s despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

Now for our interview with Kate:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Jackie is a brave, passionate, and determined classic film buff.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

HOW WE FALL is a quirky, semi-tragic taboo suspense story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m an optimistic, enthusiastic, motivated fangirl. Basically, I love loving things. :)  (JS: I love this description!)

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

I’d say Italy, but I’ve already been there, so Greece, Ireland, and New Zealand.

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

That’s hard! So many things are so interesting. Astronomy, ceramic arts, and glassblowing, I’d say. (JS: ooh, glassblowing would be so cool!)

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Social worker, animal trainer, librarian

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

My orchids! Also lilies and sunflowers.

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

It’s hard to beat good whiskey, dark chocolate, and cheese plates (JS: Sub in some red wine for the whiskey and we have a dinner date!)

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, GONE GIRL, and THE VELVETEEN RABBIT.

Thanks for stopping by, Kate! You can find out more about Kate and HOW WE FALL at her website or by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

But don’t leave yet! Kate’s generously giving away a signed ARC of HOW WE FALL to one winner in the US – OR an e-ARC if the winner lives elsewhere! Fill out the Rafflecopter below by Sunday (10/26) at midnight EST to enter.

 
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Thrice Interview: SNOW LIKE ASHES

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Sara Raasch’s debut, SNOW LIKE ASHES, which comes out today!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

snow like ashesA heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Now for our interview with Sara:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Meira is a snarky, stubborn, loyal soldier of Winter.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

SNOW LIKE ASHES is an intense, magic-riddled, wintery YA fantasy.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I am a Tumblr-addicted, Pinterest-obsessed, easily distracted writer (though with those adjectives, I’m lucky I EVER write!).

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Scotland, Austria, or Russia

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Neurology, Geology, or Pottery (I know, I know, those make NO SENSE. But what can I say? I have very varied interests.)

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Some kind of scientist (I watch waaaay too much Bones), a party planner (organization FTW), or someone who helps companies run more efficiently (again, organization, yay!). [JS: I would love to be a party-planner too! Yay organization!]

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Roses, irises, and daisies

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Chinese food (anything Asian, really), chocolate (duh), and cheese (also duh) [JS: a girl after my own heart!]

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

I’ll do three that are coming out this year: THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski (SO BEAUTIFUL), BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig (lightning-fast and so intense), and CAMELOT BURNING by Kathryn Rose (steampunk Camelot. Need I say more?) [JS: THE WINNER’S CURSE is one of my favorite books this year, too! LOVE. I’ll have to look up the others!]

Thanks for stopping by, Sara! Happy book birthday!

You can find out more about Sara and SNOW LIKE ASHES at her Tumblr!

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Great Big Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway

Hi! SISTERS’ FATE has been out in the world for a month already! How crazy is that?! Have you had a chance to read it yet? What did you think?

There are SO MANY BOOKS in the world. If you’ve already made the time to buy (or borrow) SISTERS’ FATE and read it – thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!

And if you’ve made time to review it somewhere online – thank you again. Because sharing book love is such a wonderful gift to authors (and hopefully to your friends who will pick up the books you love and love them too – or at least be able to have a great conversation with you about them!). I am incredibly thankful to those of you who leave honest, thoughtful reviews on your blogs, Goodreads, and various retailers and social media spots. It’s so hard for books to get noticed – especially, I think, later books in a series, if the series isn’t already a bestseller. People forget! I am guilty of this myself.

All of this is to say – I appreciate you! So I’m having a great big reviewer appreciation giveaway. You can win the following things:

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cover flats! Some are bent into book-shape, but they are SO PRETTY. This is your chance if you have either the hardback or paperback & want the other look!

cover flats! Some are bent into book-shape, but they are SO PRETTY. This is your chance if you have either the BW hardback or paperback & want the other look!

You can enter just by tweeting about the contest or by following my Jessica Shea Spotswood author Facebook page (where I hope to be posting more about PETTICOATS & PISTOLS and announcing a new project soon!). But to thank reviewers, the more places you review SISTERS’ FATE, the more entries you get! I will choose 2 winners to split the ARCs and get first choice of the cover flats and foreign editions. Then I will choose 20 winners for bookplates and signed bookmarks, and the first people who get back to me with their addresses will get first choice of the remaining foreign editions & cover flats. Make sense? Contest is open until midnight Sept 30. US residents only.

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SISTERS’ FATE

Eep! SISTERS’ FATE has been out for a whole week already!

all 3 books

Have you read it yet? What do you think? I’m crazy excited to share the ending of the trilogy with you all! (I wrote a whole trilogy!)

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been in touch with me over email (cahillwitch at gmail dot com), twitter, Facebook, Instagram, comments here, or anywhere else. I love hearing from readers! And I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who’s already gotten a copy of the book, whether it’s from your local bookseller or for your Kindle. Knowing how busy everyone is – knowing how many books there are in the world – knowing all the things that compete for our attention – I’m profoundly grateful to anyone who chooses to spend their time reading my story. It’s truly been a privilege to share Cate and Maura and Tess and Finn with you.  THANK YOU.

I’m starting a newsletter soon which will have fun extras, deleted snippets, giveaways, and book recommendations. It will come out quarterly, except for when I have exciting news to share like new book deals, cover reveals, or releases! You can sign up here if you want to be sure not to miss anything.

Here’s a picture from my launch party, which was last Saturday at my awesome local bookstore, One More Page.

SF launch party reading

If you’d ever like to order a signed, personalized copy of one of my books, you can contact them or Hooray for Books! about it.

Hooray for Books!—place an order by calling 703-548-4092 or emailing

One More Page Books—place an order by calling 703-300-9746 or emailing 

Also, stay tuned for a reader appreciation contest next week. If you read and review SISTERS’ FATE (on your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Facebook, etc), you could win an entry for each place you post a review. The grand prize will be a pile of awesome ARCs – but I’ll also be giving away 20 swag packs with Cahill Witch bookmarks and bookplates from me!

Again – thank you so much for reading and for all of your support. It means the world to me.

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Thrice Interview: THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Lauren Magaziner’s middle-grade debut, THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES, which came out last Thursday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

only thing worse 

Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud.

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying.

But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling’s magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!

“Fifth-grader Rupert Campbell lives in a world that combines Roald Dahl’s Witches and Louis Sachar’sWayside School….readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Now for our interview with Lauren:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Rupert is a clever, curious, quietly-disobedient 5th grader.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES is a magical, sillyshorts, whimsical frolic. (JS: I love this description! So fun!)

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I am a silly, funny, creative dreamer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Australia, Austria, and Iceland (JS: Iceland is on my list, too!)

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Philosophy, Physics, and Medieval European History

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

International Secret Agent/Spy, Ice Cream Taste-tester, and Eccentric/Reclusive Inventor (JS: Ooh, ice cream taste-tester? Yes, please!)

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Thistles, Roses, and Water Lilies

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Cheesesteaks, Ice Cream, and Matzah Ball Soup

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, and GONE GIRL

Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Lauren and THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES at her website or by following her on twitter or Facebook.

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Two Weeks Till SISTERS’ FATE Giveaway!

Eep! It’s almost August!

SISTERS’ FATE comes out 2 weeks from today!!! I’ve gotten a finished copy and I WROTE A WHOLE TRILOGY, OMG.

We got a great review from Booklist which says, “Fans of the series will eat this one up—and will have much to discuss at the book’s conclusion.” 

And this is our second happy-making trade review, because Kirkus (known for being tough!) said, “…an explosive ending. Actions have real consequences…the fulfillment of the prophecy is dead on…The riveting, ambitious plot and strong, moral-yet-fallible heroine are a winning combination!”

If you’re in the DC area, I’ll be having a launch party at One More Page in Arlington, VA on Sat, Aug 16 at 6pm. If you’re not in the area and want to order a signed, personalized book, you can call them and we’ll do that! More info here.

I’ve been revealing a few excerpts, too:

At Ex Libris Kate, you can read a scene where Cate (understandably, I think!) loses her temper with Maura.

At Fic Fare, you can meet one of my favorite new characters in SISTERS’ FATE, newspaperman Alistair Merriweather (and an awesome review from Erin – thank you, Erin!).

At Adventures of a Book Junkie, you can see what happens when Cate sees Finn for the first time after…well, you know! And you can still enter to win an ARC!

There will be one more excerpt + ARC giveaway this week – I’ll post on Twitter, etc, when it’s up!

And here’s your last chance to win an ARC right here – along with an ARC of one of my favorite books this year, April Genevieve Tucholke’s BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN, which also comes out on August 14! It’s the sequel to BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which I also loved – but if it’s possible, I loved this second book even MORE. I love the choices Violet makes – not always right, but always relatable. I love how the settings all function as characters, from Violet’s crumbling Maine mansion by the sea, the Citizen Kane, to a frightening town where the citizens are all glowed up and murderous, to the small island where they go hunting for a sea king, to a former bordello in the Colorado mountains. I love Neely, River’s hotheaded, laughing, sexy brother, and his relationship with River. Most of all, I love April’s wordsmithing. There are some authors that other authors fangirl over, and she’s one of mine. It seems like every word in this book has been chosen with such perfect care and fits just right to create the creepy-gorgeous atmosphere. There is a sense of lingering unease throughout – but mixed with a sort of cozy, bohemian, whimsical charm. I don’t know how she pulls it off, but I love it.

SF & SPARK

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Thrice Interview: EXTRACTION

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Stephanie Diaz’s debut, EXTRACTION, which came out yesterday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

extraction

They say: Welcome to Extraction testing.

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, EXTRACTION is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of HUNGER GAMES  ENDER’S GAME and leave them breathless for more.

Now for our interview with Stephanie:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Clementine is a fearless, feisty, short red-head.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

EXTRACTION is a dark, pulse-pounding, action-packed sci-fi novel.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a dauntless, fandom-obsessed, optimistic writer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

France, Ireland, Italy

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Acting, Astronomy, Vocal Performance

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Singer, actor, astronaut

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Tulips, daisies, daffodils

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pasta, Reese’s peanut butter cups, enchiladas

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, DIVERGENT, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Stephanie and EXTRACTION at her website or by following her on twitter.

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