In case you missed the intro with the description and main giveaway, this event is simply about checking in with 2014 debut authors who have at least one release in 2015 (AKA their sophomore year as an author).
Today's spotlight is an interview with Michelle Krys! Her debut, Hexed, released a little over a year ago and the sequel, Charmed released this year (May). Her next book is titled Dead Girls Society and doesn't release until 2016, and I'm so excited for it!!
Enjoy the interview.☺
Michelle Krys is the author of HEXED, CHARMED, and the upcoming DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY. Michelle lives with her husband and son in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, and works part-time as a NICU nurse. Michelle is probably not a witch, though she did belong to a witchcraft club in the fifth grade and "levitated" people in her bedroom, so that may be up for debate. Visit her at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.
Hi Michelle! Welcome to Reading is My Treasure.☺
How was your book launch for Charmed? What happened at it?
It was great! I actually combined my launch with a YA author panel at my local Chapters with authors Kendare Blake and EK Johnston. It was so much fun chatting with them, answering questions and signing books!
Was it tougher to write a sequel than you thought it would be? Or was it easier?
It was definitely tougher. I wrote Hexed entirely without an outline, but when Hexed sold in a two-book deal, I was required to submit an outline of the sequel to my editor, which meant planning out the entire novel and having it approved before I sat down to write. It was . . . terrifying! I also had my editor, agent and reader expectations to consider, which was very different from drafting Hexed, when no one in the world had to see the book if I didn’t want them to. But the positive part is that I didn’t struggle with where to take the story during the drafting process because I’d taken the time to plan it, and the story was very well-thought out and carefully considered. I’m very proud of it.
For those who haven't started your series yet, what are five things about The Witch Hunter series that they can look forward to?
-A snarky cheerleader
-A hot Warlock
-Lots of magic
-Plenty of action
What have you learned about yourself and/or your writing style since releasing your debut?
My writing leans heavily toward the commercial—I just don’t write literary novels. There aren’t myriad themes and deeper meanings, there is always a strong romance, and I make no apologies about it.
Are there any songs that you think go well with your series or certain scenes inside any of the books?
I actually made a play list for each book. The playlist for Hexed can be found here, http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2014/06/hexed-witch-hunter-1-by-michelle-krys.html
and the playlist for Charmed here. http://evie-bookish.blogspot.ca/2015/05/blog-tour-charmed-by-michelle-krys.html
I LOVE the sound of Dead Girls Society and need to know more about it! Can you tell me a random fact about that book?
I had half the novel drafted when I went to the RT Booklovers convention in New Orleans a year ago and had drinks with Tessa Gratton. I’d been stressed out because I had an idea for how I could end the book that would mean completely re-writing the novel. I told Tessa about it and she said she got shivers—if you know Tessa at all, you know that she doesn’t say things like that all the time. So I took it as a sign, ditched the half-finished novel, and started over. Also, I re-set the book in New Orleans.
Thanks for answering my questions!
Here's the description of the first book in Michelle's series!
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Have you read Hexed? What did you think of the interview?
(Also, if you happen to comment on this post, you can get a couple entries in the event giveaway.)