Young Adult Paranormal novel (won 1st place in World's Best Story contest)
Published by Premiere.
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Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.
This is one of the most BRILLIANT books about witches... ever! (Suzy Turner)
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Family Magic follows Sydlynn Hayle, a sixteen-year-old girl whose mom is a witch, dad is a demon and she wants to be ordinary. Snarky, sarcastic, funny and real, Syd’s determination to abandon her life as the heir to her coven and become normal is challenged when her family is threatened by an unknown evil. Set in Wilding Springs, Pennsylvania in real time, it’s an exploration of what normal and paranormal look like through the eyes of a teen who wishes she could be something she’s not.
What inspired you to write it?
Syd did. She woke me up in the middle of the night and demanded I write her story down. I’m so grateful I listened! She’s been yammering at me ever since.
Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
It’s part of a huge series, twenty books in all (as well as a prequel novella) and has inspired a massive world with many series within it. I have a feeling I’m going to be in the Hayle Coven Universe for a very long time.
What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
There’s something fascinating and realistic about a girl who lives with one foot in the normal and the other in the paranormal. She treats her family—all oddities by our standards—in the same way I treat mine, despite the fact they range from demons to witches to vampires to possessed silver Persians. The mingling of magic and normalcy is as fun and interesting as it is touching and very real.
What made you want to become an author?
I’ve known since I was twelve years old. I was raised as a reader, but not of kid’s books. My father was into hard-core fantasy and science fiction, so I grew up reading books much too mature for me. When a girlfriend gave me a copy of a Nancy Drew mystery, everything clicked together and a voice whispered, “You can do that!” I started writing immediately and, though there have been a few breaks along the way, shifting of gears, I’ve pretty much been writing ever since.
How do you come up with character names?
Some through research. Syd’s name is Aramaic, a translation literally of “demon child”. Sassafras, her silver Persian/demon teenager friend came to me spontaneously. I find my characters either name themselves or a soft search of baby names gives me the inspiration I need.
Who, or what, inspires you?
The voices in my head, looking out a window, listening to music, breathing… it’s funny, like a muscle you flex. The more you create, the more you’re offered. At least, that’s how it seems to me.
Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I was born and raised—and continue to live—on beautiful Prince Edward Island, the smallest Canadian province. And, coincidentally, the home of Lucy Maude Montgomery who created Anne of Green Gables.
Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
I’ve always wanted to jump out of an airplane, but I’m terrified of heights. One of these days I’ll do it!
Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A warrior. One of Charlie’s Angels. A superhero. And a writer. ☺
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5 paperback copies of Family Magic (US/CA) and a $25 Amazon gift card (INT)
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