600: Day 7 interview + giveaway

20 August 2012

Hi readers! As promised, here's a paranormal feature for:

Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

 (goodreads) Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

About Jody

Jody Gehrman is the author of seven novels and numerous plays. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is her most recent Young Adult novel. Her other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin's Dial Books). Babe in Boyland won the International Reading Association Teen Choice Award and has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel. Her adult novels are Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin (Red Dress Ink). Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English at Mendocino College

Today I have author Jody Gehrman for an interview! Like the way this book sounds, I wanted this to be short and fun :)

Welcome to Pages!

1. Describe Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft in one sentence.

Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training

2. What was your inspiration for writing it?

I've always been fascinated with witchcraft. I even dabbled in it a bit in my youth. I started writing this about seven years ago as a book for adults, but I never felt like it was quite working. Then I realized it would work well as a YA novel, so I pulled out the old draft and gave it a radical makeover. 

3. If you could meet one of your characters in person, who would he/she be and why?

I'd like to meet Sadie Slater, Audrey's 21-year-old magic mentor. She's one of my favorite characters ever. She's biolingual, which means she can communicate with any living thing, which I think would be really cool.

4. What's your favourite type of cake? (not a magical one like Audrey's :D!)

My dad's got a secret recipe for chocolate cake. It's amazing! 

5. If you could be a witch, what would you do with your powers?

I'd definitely fly. Also, I'd like to have the witch's wardrobe Audrey uses; she can whip up exactly the right outfit for any emotional state. How cool would that be? 

6. You're sitting face to face with all your readers and fans: what would you say to them?

Thank you for lending me your imagination! The connection between a writer's brain and the reader's brain is sacred and, I think, quite magical.

Quick Questions!

Celebrity crush and why?

Ashton Kutcher because I adore his crooked smile.

Old book smell, new book smell, or e-reader smell :)

Old book smell. 

Favourite type of weather (or season)?

Autumn storms!

K: Me too! 
Dogs or cats?

Cats. I've got three. 

Umbrellas or raincoats?

Umbrellas. Love my clear plastic one that allows me to see the raindrops as they fall.

Favourite word to say?


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2 thoughts:

  1. Great post and interview! I liked the Triple-Shot Bettys books AND Babe in Boyland. I wish I could get this new book for my library (so I'm crossing my fingers in the giveaway). :)

  2. Oh, what a lovely interview!

    Old book smell indeed <3


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