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Sunday 18 March 2012

Author Interview: Jessica Spotswood!

I mentioned last night that today would have two posts, a special one in the morning and my IMM in the evening. So if you couldn't already tell, in this super awesome post I am welcoming Jessica Spotswood, author of BORN WICKED! This is my very first author interview and can I just say that I am STOKED that it could be with an author who wrote such an incredible book!

If you haven't already seen my review on her book click here. Find Jessica on goodreads or visit her website: jessicaspotswood.com.

With all the paranormal romance novels lately, what drew you to writing a story about witches?

I wanted to write about a society where educated, independent girls weren’t valued, but without making it seem preachy. I wanted to give the Brotherhood and the general populace a real reason to fear them. In this society, the Brothers use witchery as an excuse to persecute disobedient women, but the witches did do some terrible things in the name of protecting themselves.  Their magic does give them a great deal of power. It’s not entirely black and white. And it gave my girls a lot of inner conflict, too, as they struggle with what they believe about their magic and their own potential.

If you were in Cate's shoes, who would you pick? Finn or Paul? 

Finn. He was inspired a little by my husband, who is also a clever guy with freckles and messy hair.                                                                                                                                                                            
Was that even a question!? Team Finn all the way!!!
While writing BORN WICKED, were there any characters that were either especially difficult or especially easy for you to write? 
Tess’s dialogue is sometimes hard for me to write, because she’s mature for her age and very observant, but she’s still only twelve. And Elena can be a challenge, because she’s very manipulative and ambitious, but she’s not a bad person.

Since you love the number three (as I read on your blog), if you had to describe BORN WICKED in three words, what would they be? 
Sisters, witches, kissing.                                                                                                                                          
Do have a favorite time and place to write? 
I love writing late at night (I seem to focus especially well after midnight) in my office, with a cup of tea!
  I hear ya! That's around the time that I get most of my work done, too! Although, I don't have an office yet...

What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t had the chance to read yet?
I’m reading SPELL BOUND by Rachel Hawkins right now. Next on my list: THE OTHER LIFE by Susanne Winnacker, BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards, SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, and GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers.

What is your favourite thing to get from Starbucks?
Earl Grey tea! And I love their birthday-cake cake pops, too.
Thanks for answering a few of my questions Jessica! It was a pleasure chatting with you. :)

Remember: Star Cursed comes out February 7th 2013! I know it's a long wait, but I'm betting that it's going to be totally worth it!

Talk to you guys later,


  1. Great Interview! I have to read this book, like yesterday!

  2. Sisters, witches, kissing. Three of my favourite words to be in book titles! Maybe someone should write a book called 'The Sister Witches Kissing'. I would read that! Great interview- really interesting questions! x

    1. Hahaha I would read that too! Thanks so much!

  3. Hi, I followed you over from Book Blog and really enjoyed your interview. I've been wanting to get this book...actually am in a giveaway right now for it, so I hope I win! Sounds like one I'd love because I'm always in defense of strong women characters. I'm your new follower, and hope you'll have a chance to stop by my blog, too, when you get a chance! We'll be seeing each other on Book Blog.ning, no doubt! :]

  4. Hi, I am enjoying your blog very much. Luv the layout. Your interview with Jessica Spotswood was very interesting. Great questions. Look forward to more.


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