Interview & Giveaway: Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape

Posted May 3, 2017 by Melissa in Author Interview, Book promo, Giveaway | 23 Comments

Interview & Giveaway: Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape

A Chat with Sharon Pape

1. If you could live a day in the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
Someone on the Enterprise in the episode about Tribles, or Harry Potter or Scarlet O’Hara when things were going well with Rhett Butler, or the kids who find ET.

2. What is your all time favorite book? And what books are currently on your nightstand?
That’s almost an unanswerable question. I’ve had various favorites at different stages of my life. If you had asked me the question when I was about eleven years old, I wouldn’t have hesitated for a moment. It was Gone With the Wind. I cried for hours after finishing it. My mom was actually getting worried. She kept saying, “It’s not real. It’s just a story.” I think I was swept up in the epic nature of it. It didn’t hurt that my copy of the book had photos of Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable in their roles; they really brought Rhett and Scarlet to life for me. To this day, whenever I see the movie, I still cry when Bonnie dies, and the eleven year old inside me still hopes it will all end differently.
Other books I’ve loved over the years: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Exodus by Leon Uris, The Stand by Stephen King, Watchers by Dean Koontz, Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman, The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough, The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. Last year I read The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. I loved that book for the author’s magnificent prose and the difficult moral issue it raised. I could keep on adding to this list, but I won’t. I think it gives you an idea about my reading habits. I love literary novels as well as just about every genre there is.
I’m currently reading A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, after which I’ll be reading the next book my little book discussion group chooses.

3. If you weren’t an author, what would your dream job be?
I would have liked to be an astronaut. The prospect of being a space explorer has always intrigued me. The only problem is that I’m really not that brave and I get motion sick on a carousel. I’ll just have to stick to the vicarious pleasure of watching Sci-Fi movies and reading every article I can find on astronomy and space exploration.

4. Do you read and/or comment on reviews?
I assume you mean reviews of my books. I probably shouldn’t read the reviews, but hey —who wouldn’t be curious? Good reviews always make me smile. It’s nice to know that the reader enjoyed my work and found it entertaining. If there happens to be a review that isn’t all positive, I try to keep in mind that no book has ever been loved by everyone and that the reviewer has a right to his or her opinion. I don’t generally comment on reviews, but I always answer email from readers.

5. What is one question that you hear too many times during interviews? And a question that you wish someone would ask?
Most often asked? That would have to be variations on “How did you get started as a writer?
What would I like to be asked? Other than mysteries, what kind of books are you carrying around inside you?

This or That?
1. Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction
2. Novella or Tome? Tome
3. Cover or Synopsis? Synopsis (Covers can be deceiving, though mine never are.)
4. Bookstore or Library? Library
5. Pen or Pencil? Pen
6. Hardcover or Paperback? Paperback for portability.
7. E-book or Audiobook? E-book ( I’m more of a visual person. )
8. Science Fiction or Paranormal? Paranormal (but only because you made me choose.)
9. Stand Alone or Series? Series (These are too hard.)
10. Bookmarks or Dog Ears? BOOKMARKS! Dog ears belong on dogs. (Okay – that one was easy.)

About Magick & Mayhem
Interview & Giveaway: Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon PapeTitle: Magick & Mayhem
Series: Abracadabra Mystery #1
Author: Sharon Pape
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: May 2nd 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 358 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

What’s in a murderer’s bag of tricks?

Twenty-something Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a descendant of small-town New Camel’s most magickal family. She just didn’t expect to inherit her mother and grandmother’s centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local attorney’s office—and stumbles over the body of her best friend Elise’s husband . . .

As a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn summons her deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own. What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she’s closing in on a killer—who will do anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again!


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About Sharon Pape

I started writing stories as soon as I learned how to put letters together to form words. From that day forward, writing has been a part of my life whether it was my first attempt at a novel in seventh grade or the little plays I wrote for my friends to perform for neighbors and family. After college, when I was busy teaching French and Spanish to high school students, I was also writing poetry — often in French.

After several years, I left teaching to be a full time mom, and when my two children started school, I went back to writing. To my delight I found that the muse was still there, still waiting patiently for me to come around. My first novel, Ghostfire, was published at that time. It went on to be condensed in Redbook magazine (the first paperback original the magazine had ever condensed.) Then came The God Children and The Portal. Redbook also published my first short story, which was subsequently sold to several foreign magazines. With two great kids, a golden retriever and a loving, supportive husband (whom I’d met at the beach when I was fourteen — but that’s a story for another day), I felt like I was exactly where I was meant to be in my life. But fate had another plan for me, and it went by the name of “breast cancer.”

Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was that the cancer was discovered at such an early stage, but at the time it was all very overwhelming. Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help other women who were newly diagnosed, worried and afraid. I became a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society and went on to run the program for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. A number of years later, with the help of my surgical oncologist and two other volunteers, I started Lean On Me, a nonprofit organization that provides peer support and information to breast cancer patients. When Lean On Me celebrated its tenth anniversary it no longer required as much of my time, and I once again found myself free to pursue my first love — writing.

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23 responses to “Interview & Giveaway: Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape

  1. Dianne Casey

    I really liked reading the description of the book and it sounds like a fascinating read. Can’t wait to read.

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