Can you tell us about your main character? Oh Syd, Syd. Sydlynn Thaddea Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch, the leader of her coven, and a Demon Lord of the Seventh Plane. And yet, all of her life, she has only ever wanted to be ordinary. Snarky, sarcastic, with a wicked sense of humor and often hilarious inner dialogue, Syd barrels her way through life with her fiery temper and sense of right dropping her into trouble on a regular basis. Strong willed, argumentative and stubborn, she is a force to be reckoned with.
How did you develop your plot and characters? I use a very specific outlining method I’ve developed over the years, tying in my training in journalism, screenwriting and prose. It works very well for me and allows me to write quickly and cleanly.
Who designed the cover? Stephanie Mooney from Mooney Designs created the Family Magic cover. I love it as much now as I did when she first showed it to me.
Who is your publisher? I work with three publishers, but the bulk of my work I’ve published on my own, through my company, Patti Larsen Books.
Why did you choose to write this particular book? I laugh at this question, only because I feel like I didn’t choose—Syd chose me. And I’m so very grateful she did.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Having to go to work when all I wanted to do was write. I owned a hair salon at the time I first developed Family Magic. It was so difficult to shift out of Syd’s world in Wilding Springs and back to the real one. I felt like I was a teenager again, losing myself inside. It was awesome.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? I learned I was supposed to be writing books. No more working on other things, time to focus. I’m so grateful I listened to my instincts and did just that.
How do you promote this book? I’ve used a number of avenues, such as the KDP Select program through Amazon, advertising, social media. I do countless giveaways of ebooks and swag. But I really think the biggest promotion so far has come from my readers who love it. Tell everyone they know about it. They are so valuable and their kindness in sharing never ceases to make me all squishy inside. I love it.
Will you write others in this same genre? I tend to write mostly young adult, and always paranormal, though I do cross genres frequently. I’ve published horror, thrillers, post apocalyptic, urban fantasy. You name it. But everything I write has a paranormal element, for some reason.
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Genre – YA Urban Fantasy
Rating – PG