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I have fan-girled for this series~~BAD. The main character is just so damn spunky and snarky. For a young heroine, she seems sure of herself and her role in life. She does have slight issues, but it is refreshing to see a main character who accepts their faults and moves on- no whining.
This is book two from the Halfway Witchy series. It continues the story of Carlie and her grandmother working to keep everyone in Halfway safe from the things that go bump in the night.
You gotta love a book that opens with clowns. Happy or not, they always seem to be creepy in one way or another.
I will say the ending made me sad, but it made for a great plot twist in book three. If you’d like to see my post of book one, find it here, and my review for book three will be coming at the end of the month.
Erin Spencer narrated this book again. She does a fantastic job. In fact, I declare she will forever be Carlie and the author can never use anyone else!
The circus came to Halfway, and they brought the weird. When clowns, vampires, and corpses start piling up in town, Carlie has to break away from her boyfriend, Wulfric, to bring her witchy skills to the table- or grill, as the case may be. When the body of a young woman washes up in the lake, it unleashes a spiral of mystery that will bring Carlie, Gran, and Wulfric into a storm of magical warfare. Spells will fly. Curses will rain. Amidst it all, Carlie will make waffles, protect her town, and find out if a man from the distant past can join her in happy ever after. With love and honor at stake, Carlie has no peer.
I also got to interview the author again.
Tell us a little about the bar you owned. Did you get some of the ideas for your books while working there? It was a pub with live music, but more importantly, it was my introduction to a couple critical items:
Beyond that, any bar atmosphere is a fountain for writing. You see every kind of human, and a wild array of hilarity. Bars are a lot like the internet: if you can imagine it; it’s there. Or it will be shortly, just wait a moment. You want a pet squirrel on a customer’s shoulder? Coming right up. A demure church lady drops a massive sex toy from her purse while paying for a grilled cheese sandwich? No problem. We’ve got it all, baby.
You majored in history. What is your favorite time period?
Rather than say favorite, let’s say, “Time period that makes me thankful I live now.” That would be the fourteenth century. The entire fourteenth century. I’m not kidding when I say if time travel exists, we should make certain that era isn’t on the dial, so to speak. It’s surreal how bad life could be, and yet some of the most breathtaking art was created. That means humans are either incredibly dumb or resilient –or both. I’ll go with both, since I know myself, and I’ve found that those are two of the requirements for being a writer. Well, those and caffeine.
What other ways do you showcase your creativity?
I don’t. I’ve been asked not to sing in public, and while I’m an enthusiastic dancer, I’ve never been accused of being graceful. I’m also responsible (while I was a teenager) for some truly dreadful poetry. I apologize for all of it.
Food is an important component in your Halfway Witchy series. You also mention being a pie lover. What’s your favorite pie and why is food/cooking important to you?
Ok, so our family restaurants were named Ted N’ Peg’s Pie Stand. You understand this is a love that’s genetic– also, it makes a lot of sense. Pie is a food group. Ergo, I cannot commit to one pie as a favorite because that verges on blasphemy. However, I will give a top ten in no order, which reflect what I’m most likely to eat, although all pie varieties are, to me, wonderful.
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Coconut Cream
- Sweet Potato
And, as far as the role of food– it’s both necessary and social. I had a restaurant, my family did, too; I’ve worked in them in every capacity. Food is culture, and culture makes characters real.
What’s the first thing you ever wrote that made you proud?
In direct contradiction to what I mentioned earlier, it was a poem. My ex-wife and I lost a kid, and I was a shallow human who didn’t know how to process that, at all. How could I feel such loss for someone I’d never met? I was a kid myself, it made no sense. I wrote a poem about it and it was the first honest thing I’d put to paper in my whole life. It’s here if anyone wants a look– warning, it’s not pretty, but it’s honest. Poem from 1998.
I think, looking back, that was when I knew I wanted to write. That’s the moment. In something ugly, I found something I loved.
What do you feel you need to work on as an author?
Slowing down. I just get too excited. I lean into my books, sort of the way I do life. I’d love to write a hundred, or even two hundred novels. I haven’t figured out how to avoid sleeping, but I’m working on it.
What is your writing routine?
I have none. I might write at 5 AM or, recently, in the car waiting to pick up my son from elementary school. I write in chunks (1000 words or more), but I’ve always got one gear in my brain thinking about books. I use this as an explanation for my terrible math grades in high school.
That must be it. Of course.
What writing tools (electronic, app, notebook, etc.) do you use the most?
Two: laptop and green notebook. I use the laptop to type the actual book, and the green notebook for odd ideas that flitter around. I’m left-handed, so being in a vague dream state at all times comes naturally to me. I overcome said dream state with coffee. Buckets of coffee.
What is the most frustrating part of the publishing world?
The most fatuous notion in the world is that someone else can tell you what you should enjoy reading. To those people, I say: Bye. You love what you love, and the traditional publishing world is collapsing as I type this. Good. They did it to themselves. They treat readers like children and authors like minions, and they’re not only losing, they’re in danger of becoming irrelevant.
I have a few rules in life, and they include:
- Don’t tell people how to raise their kids.
- Don’t tell people what they should read, listen to, or eat.
- If someone loves a book, thank them for reading.
10. How does someone join your street team?
Right here, and thanks for coming on board! I love my team members– we see each other at events all over the country, and they’re like cool cousins who love books the same way I do. Street Team Super Secret Code