About Spells and SorceryTitle: Spells and Sorcery
Series: Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1
Author: S. Usher Evans
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Target Audience: Young Adult
Length: 386 pages
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You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I'm not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb--she's magical.
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he'll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
Q&A with S. Usher Evans
1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I’m S. Usher Evans – author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. I write books about magical teens (Spells and Sorcery), space pirates (Razia), angsty lovers (Madion War Trilogy), and anxiety dragons (Empath).
2. When did you first discover your interest in magic and how/when did you decide to incorporate it into your fantasy writing?
Growing up, I was always drawn to storytelling and fantasy worlds because it seemed like so much better than the real world. For Lexie, she came to me as a dream when I was thirteen, and I’ve been fiddling with the manuscript ever since. I never actually thought I would publish her, and now, here we are!
3. Do you believe in magic?
I believe that there’s a lot we can’t explain.
4. What do you hope that readers take away with them after reading Spells & Sorcery?
Since it’s a YA, I hope that teens see themselves in the book. I took a lot of cues from the teens I follow on Twitter-their frustrations, their fears, their concerns. A lot of them are like Lexie, super smart, but super lonely because no one at their school really gets them.
5. I find it interesting to know what environment authors find most productive… Do you use a pen and paper or laptop? Quiet room at home or bustling café? Basically, what gets your creative juices flowing?
I moved into my current house a little over a year ago, and took great care to design myself an office that was conducive to creativity. I’ve got giant whiteboards on the walls, quotes and images that remind me not to compete with anyone but myself, and space to store all the boxes of books that I have on hand. I do most of my writing in here, but on occasion, I’ll go on location.
6. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The hardest reviews are the ones from friends who aren’t digging the book or the ones where the person really wanted to like the book but didn’t. Those bum me out more than the one stars.
The best compliments are when readers tell me that the book touched them. Empath is one of those books that you either really get on a deep level or you don’t. I’ve had people come back to me speechless because of even the first chapter. (and yet, I’ve had others say it’s slow and boring. Subjectivity!)
7. What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?
Right now, the next thing I need to read is a beta read from a friend. I’ve been putting it off while I’ve been finishing a draft, and I need to get to it! To clear my brain, I love reading urban fantasy novels. There’s not a whole lot of world building I need to remember, and they’re usually quick, fun reads. Hailey Edwards, Emma Adams, Karen Lynch, and Nina J. Lux are some of my favs.
8. Now to get more specific: What are some of your favorite Witchy reads?
Obvs. Harry Potter. Spells and Sorcery is dedicated to JK Rowling, because it was because of her books that I really cut my writing teeth. I wrote a TON of HP fan fiction when I was a teenager, and it helped me learn the skills I needed to publish my own novels.
9. Do you have any favorite Witchy Movies?
Practical Magic always got me in the mood to write about Lexie (also, just October in general).
10. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I live in Florida, so I go to the beach a lot. When it’s too cold for that, I like walking around downtown and knitting scarves for my fans.
11. Tell us a little about Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Zoe and Mr. Biscuit are my beagle-chihuahua mixes, both of them rescued from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Northern Virginia. I adopted Zoe in 2009 and she and I did the girl thing until Mr. B came along as a foster in 2012. I had him for three weeks and decided he was mine. Zoe has never forgiven me for it, either.
12. If you were a witch, what one power would you really want to have and what power would frighten you?
I’d want to have the ability to conjure and summon. I would not want the power to have mind control.
This or That?
1. Trick or Treat?
2. Candy or Caramel Popcorn?
3. Pumpkin carving or pumpkin painting?
4. Ghosts: Real or Not?
5. The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Friday the 13th?
6. Orange or Black?
7. Cats or Bats?
8. Twilight or Harry Potter?
um. is this even a question? 😜
9. Snickers or Sour Patch Kids?
10. Halloween or Samhain?
Ooh. I’d have to go with Samhain.
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