Family Magic by Patti Larsen is a young adult paranormal novel that won 1st place in World’s Best Story contest and is published by Premiere. I haven’t read this one yet, but you guys know how much I love witches…so I really wanted to share this one!
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Interview with Patti Larsen
- If you could live a day in the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
I’d live Syd’s life. Just to know how it feels to have magic, to be a witch and a demon. To know how hard it is for her to bear the weight of her mother’s expectations and to be that powerful but just want to be ordinary. And, naturally, to have a talking silver Persian.
- What is your all time favorite book? And what books are currently on your nightstand?
That is the cruelest question to ask a writer! I can’t pick just one… Horror would be The Stand by Stephen King. Fantasy is Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. Mystery is anything Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden, because that’s what started me writing. And a gazillion others.
Right now I’m reading Cress, the third book of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I adore the series!
- If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
That’s a toss up. Before I chose to write books for a living, I was on my way to working in film and television, so I might pursue that. But recently I rediscovered my adoration of all things horse and, after a training course in California, I think I might love to work with horses.
- Do you read and/or comment on reviews?
I typically don’t. Not that I don’t appreciate reviews—I do, completely! The fact a reader takes the time to think about and then write about my work is huge and so amazing. But, to me, reviews are meant for other readers and are the opinion of that particular person. While I’m grateful, I try to stay out of it. There are odd exceptions and I’ve commented a time or two if a review has touched me. Even on a low star, because the reader cared so much about what happened to the character it was my favorite review of all time.
- A lot of your books have include magical elements. Where does that inspiration come from?
I grew up on hard-core science fiction and fantasy, and in a family who have always been intuitive. My father taught me to read Tarot at a young age. I think my beliefs thanks to that upbringing influence the voices I hear and the stories I tell. Besides, who doesn’t love magic?
- What is one question that you hear too many times during interviews? And a question that you wish someone would ask?
I’m often asked how I can write so fast. I’m extremely prolific, often writing two books a month. The method I’ve developed, tied to my trust in my skills and the voices in my head, allow me to create at a speed I often find amazing and the most fun ever.
One question I wish someone would ask is do you think you’ll ever stop, run out of ideas? The answer is a snort and no. The voices have over 250 books lined up for me. I can’t ever see this being over. Or wanting it to. 🙂
This or That?
- Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Both. I love fiction, but a good memoir can make me cry. Like Amada Palmer’s The Art of Asking. As for writing, I’m a fiction girl.
- Novella or Tome?
There are times a good novella is all I need—a short flight, a dip at the pool. I find I’m in love with faster reads these days, though there are long, cold winter nights a longer work keeps me occupied and not thinking about snow.
- Cover or Synopsis?
Cover. I have a background in film and television, so visuals hit me hard. If I love the cover, I’ll read your synopsis.
- Bookstore or Library?
I adore libraries, but I need to own my books. So bookstore.
- Pen or Pencil?
Pencil for scheduling, pen for plotting, keyboard for writing. J
- Hardcover or Paperback?
Honestly, no preference. It’s a book. I’ll take it any way I can get it.
- E-book or Audiobook?
I’ve only had the chance to listen to a few audiobooks, and while I enjoy them, I like to read at my own pace and not be held back or sped up by the voice of the reader. So ebooks, thanks.
- Science Fiction or Paranormal?
Can we combine the two? I’ve done that and love it. But, paranormal if I have to choose.
- Stand Alone or Series?
Series. Especially if I’m in love. And make it go on and on please.
- Bookmarks or Dog Ears?
My poor books. Don’t hate me, but I’ve dog-eared in the past.
About Family MagicTitle: Family Magic
Series: Hayle Coven #1
Author: Patti Larsen
Publication date: October 27th 2011
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: 466 pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary.
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. If her family's distrust doesn't destroy her first.
5 paperback copies of Family Magic (US/CA) and a $25 Amazon gift card (INT)