I'm so excited to be a stop on the
blog tour for author
and her new book
THAT OLDE WHITE MAGICK
Book 2 in the Abracadabra Mysteries
It's time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .
Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family's been here for centuries, and she'd like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin-though he gets introduced to folks as her "distant English cousin." The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn't mind-like pizza.
Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn't expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn't want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk to every living soul in town-plus a few departed ones . . .
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THAT OLDE WHITE MAGICK
THAT OLDE WHITE MAGICK
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AN INTERVIEW WITH SHARON PAPE
LKBR: Thank you for being here today, Sharon!
SP: Thank you so much for inviting me.
LKBR: Please tell us a bit about your book/series.
SP: My new series is called the Abracadabra Mysteries. That Olde White Magick is the second book in the series. It’s about Kailyn Wilde and her family, an ancient line of sorcerers who immigrated to this country in the seventeenth century. Over the years, the quaint little town of New Camel, New York grew up around their magick shop. When the town is shaken by the murder of a town board member, Kailyn jumps into action to catch the killer with the help of her aunt Tilly, Travis Anderson, reporter and new guy in her life, and Merlin - yes that Merlin. He’s elderly and has trouble remembering spells, causing all sorts of problems. Sashkatu, the regal, headstrong cat who was Kailyn’s mother’s familiar presides over the magick shop and Kailyn’s house. (The first book in the series was Magick & Mayhem.)
LKBR: How did you come up with the concept for this series? How about the idea for this installment?
SP: I love mysteries and I’m intrigued by the paranormal, so I like to combine the two. Having a sorcerer as my main character is a perfect fit for me.
In this second book, I wanted the murder to involve the whole town, which would give me an opportunity to explore the town and give the readers a better sense of the various shops and shopkeepers as well as other residents of the town.
LKBR: Do you have a favorite character in your book/series?
SP: I love them all, but I get a special kick out of aunt Tilly and her free-wheeling style, Merlin, who has a difficult time fitting into the modern age, and of course, Sashkatu.
LKBR: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love, action, death, etc?
SP: Love and death involve deep emotions and they can be hard to capture properly. There’s always a temptation to over-describe the emotions. Years ago I learned that bringing a character to the point of tears is a lot more effective than describing a full-blown crying jag.
LKBR: In your writing, have you ever used experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
SP: It’s almost impossible not to. Everything I write comes through the filter of my experiences and that includes all the people I’ve known.
LKBR: When you’re in the process of writing/creating a book, do you use a computer, typewriter, dictate, or use pen to paper?
SP: Computer, though I do jot down ideas and take research notes with pen and paper.
LKBR: Do you have any writing quirks or rituals that you do before, during, and/or after writing a new book?
SP: I don’t think so, but now that you mention it, maybe I should.
LKBR: What does your family think about your writing? How important is their support?
SP: My family has always been supportive of my writing. My daughter is my beta reader and she’s amazing at spotting inconsistencies, lapses in logic, missing punctuation, etc. Sadly, my other beta reader and best friend passed away last year.
Writing is such a solitary activity, I think it would be very difficult to pursue, without great support around you.
LKBR: Who/What inspired you to write your first book?
SP: I have no idea. I seem to have been born with the writing gene. From the moment I was taught how to write a sentence, I started writing stories. I wrote my first story in first grade, the librarian put it on display and I was off and running. Ideas for stories are always percolating in my brain. Of course there were periods in my life when I didn’t do a lot of writing, but I always came back to it. At my core, it’s who I am.
LKBR: What was one of the most surprising thing(s) you learned when trying to get your first book published?
SP: It’s not easy. Before the internet and the rise of indie publishing, you had to find an agent who believed in your work and he or she had to market it – find a publisher who was willing to take a chance on you. It could easily take six weeks or more just to get back an agent’s rejection letter. The internet has made that process a lot quicker. A lot of people choose to go the indie route, but I still prefer to have an agent and a publisher so I can focus primarily on the writing.
LKBR: What book are you reading?
SP: I’m between books at the moment and trying to decide what to read next. I love all kinds of books, from mysteries to the paranormal, from sagas to mainstream. Makes it hard to choose.
LKBR: Do you have any advice for aspiring cozy writers?
SP: If writing is what you love, don’t ever give up. Nothing worth doing in life is easy. But if you’re writing to become a millionaire, find another career.
LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?
Visit my website: http://sharonpape.com/
Friend me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr
I love to hear from readers!
LKBR: Thank you so much, Sharon for letting us get to know you better!
SP: Thank you! I appreciate the opportunity to visit with you.
Sharon describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love - writing. This time around she's been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. That Olde White Magick is the second book in her Abracadabra Mysteries.
Author Links Webpage - http://sharonpape.com/
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