Bio (As stated on author’s website):
I grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where I could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with my nose in a book. I’ve been writing since I was little but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now I live in Washington, DC with my brilliant playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey.
BORN WICKED: Book 1 of The Cahill Witch Chronicles
Book 2 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles, STAR CURSED, will be out in June 2013.
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word…especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
Review By Lisa:
I loved reading this book and cannot wait for the next one to be released. Although this book didn’t pull me in at the first page; it did completely pull me in. By the end I was wanting more. If you haven’t read this book yet you should!
What is your favorite ice cream?
Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked.
What kind of cat is Monkey?
He’s a domestic shorthair, all black. He loves cuddles and naps, and hates sirens and the vacuum. He also puts up with me when I make up silly songs, like “You’re a little Monkey, short and stout; here is your tail and here is your snout.” (To the tune of “You’re a Little Teapot,” obviously.)
What grade did you receive for your drama thesis production of Elie Wiesel’s The Trial of God?
I got honors! It was an amazing experience, especially for a girl who wasn’t very good at giving direction. I learned really quickly how to incorporate ideas from the whole cast and crew.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
I don’t think I’d be very good at co-writing a book! I love collaborating on ideas and getting feedback from my editor, but I wouldn’t be very good at letting someone else write the actual words.
Who is your favorite author and is your writing style similar to theirs?
Kristin Cashore is my favorite current author! I don’t think our writing styles are very similar, but I love how she combines strong independent heroines and fascinating world-building and swoony romance. I aspire to that. The series I’m hoping to write after the Cahill Witch Chronicles was definitely inspired by the Graceling series.
What are your must-have accessories while writing?
Tea! I just got this amazing Crannyberry black tea (cranberry + raspberry), but I also love Earl Grey, and my local coffee shop has an amazing ginger-mint. If it’s noisy I like to have headphones and my white-noise app (I use train sounds).
The dreaded writer’s block; Ever have it? If so, what do you do to get through it?
I think there are two kinds of writers’ block. I’ve had both; sometimes the hardest part is figuring out which kind it is! The first kind is when you’ve taken a wrong turn in the story and now nothing feels right; you’ve got to go back to where it last worked and rewrite. The second kind is fear of it sucking, which most first drafts do, and you just have to push past that and make your peace with it! That’s what revision is for.
What gave you inspiration for the Born Wicked?
I had a dream that my sisters and I were fighting over a magical locket from our mom. There is no magical locket in BW, but I loved the idea of writing about three sisters with a complicated, magical inheritance.
Did you have to do any research for Born Wicked?
I did! BW takes place in an alternate 1890s New England, so I could shift things a bit, but I still did loads of research into the fashion and home décor of the time. One of my favorite notes from my editor was to “ruffle my corsets more”, by which she meant adding more rich description of the Victorian era. I also looked up the etymology of lots of words to see if they would be in use yet.
How would you describe Born Wicked?
A book about sisters + witches + kissing!
Do you put any of yourself into Cate’s character?
A bit. I’m the oldest of three sisters, too, and I have some of her stubbornness. I’m terrible with flowers, though! I have a bamboo plant I’ve kept alive for 5 months now, and that’s pretty much a record.
What can we expect in book 2 of the Cahill Witch Chronicles: Star Cursed?
Cate finding her way back to Finn and reluctantly involving him in the Sisterhood’s schemes. A romantic scene in a library. We’ll get to go inside Harwood, the place of Cate’s nightmares, and meet Cate’s godmother, Zara Roth. There’s a book-burning, and someone Cate loves is arrested. Growing tension between Maura and Cate.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Well, one of my favorite questions to ask in my Thrice Interviews is: if you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be? Right now I’d choose American Sign Language (my husband and I live really close to Galludet, the university for the deaf in DC), letterpress, and pasta-making.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading BORN WICKED! Every email and tweet I get from readers absolutely makes my day. I can’t wait to share STAR CURSED with you!
Now for the giveaway!
1 person will win a Hardcover copy of Born Wicked.