Who designed the cover? Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs created the Family Magic cover. I love it as much now as I did when she first showed it to me.
Who is your publisher? I work with three publishers, but the bulk of my work I’ve published on my own, through my company, Patti Larsen Books.
Why did you choose to write this particular book? I laugh at this question, only because I feel like I didn’t choose—Syd chose me. And I’m so very grateful she did.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Having to go to work when all I wanted to do was write. I owned a hair salon at the time I first developed Family Magic. It was so difficult to shift out of Syd’s world in Wilding Springs and back to the real one. I felt like I was a teenager again, losing myself inside. It was awesome.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? I learned I was supposed to be writing books. No more working on other things, time to focus. I’m so grateful I listened to my instincts and did just that.
How do you promote this book? I’ve used a number of avenues, such as the KDP Select program through Amazon, advertising, social media. I do countless giveaways of ebooks and swag. But I really think the biggest promotion so far has come from my readers who love it. Tell everyone they know about it. They are so valuable and their kindness in sharing never ceases to make me all squishy inside. I love it.
Will you write others in this same genre? I tend to write mostly young adult, and always paranormal, though I do cross genres frequently. I’ve published horror, thrillers, post apocalyptic, urban fantasy. You name it. But everything I write has a paranormal element, for some reason.
And I have several spin-off series planned after this particular twenty volume run is over.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I don’t write with a message in mind. But Syd has her own ideas, I suppose. To her, family is everything. Standing up for what’s right no matter what it might mean to her personally. Taking charge and action when no one else will. I love her as a role model, because she knows she’s flawed, but acts anyway.
How much of the book is realistic? I find it funny how normal everything is to Syd. From high school to coven life, soccer to her vampire uncle and his undead girlfriend who live in cupboards in her basement. Just folks. Her preppy best friend and her demon Persian who is always lecturing her on her manners. Syd manages to weave the real with the paranormal in such a way it feels like she could live next door and you wouldn’t think twice about it.
Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary.
I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost constant distraction. Not that I didn't welcome the distraction, to be honest. Anything to take my mind from what went on around me. Being part of a demon raising is way less exciting than it sounds.
Sydlynn Hayle's life couldn't be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters--boyfriend of her cheer nemesis--shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn't make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother's constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd's between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn't want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family's magic.
· "A great, inventive plot, a deeply flawed, self-deprecating, heroine, many wondrous sub-characters and a constantly-evolving world of madness and magic (with a goodly side order of teen angst thrown in!). What more could you want?" -- Amazon reviewer Hobbitual
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Genre - YA Urban Fantasy
Rating – PG
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