A diabetic since freshman year, the control Sara Jacobs needs to survive is obliterated when she unleashes Voodoo barons of the afterlife from the dark witch trial history of her hometown -- Andover, Massachusetts. Past and present blend and ignite as her life crumbles beyond recognition, shattered by the same forbidden forces she is drawn to embrace: magic, the supernatural, and the demon raging uncontrolled in her veins. Rewired by magic, she revisits and dominates her petty high school world – paybacks to authority, and a little help with that crush from freshman year.
From a gossip-crazed high school to a moonless limbo of tombstone covered hills, BRITTLE is what happens when Sara stops being the victim.
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--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less. - High school diabetic Sara Jacobs unleashes Voodoo Barons of the afterlife from the dark witch trial history of her hometown: Andover, MA. Worlds collide.
--How did you get the idea for the story? - Ever since I was a kid I’ve been enamored by all things magical, occult, weird, or otherwise askew. This combined with seeing first hand all the hassle my friend has to go through with her diabetes. Blood is and always has been a very powerful magical substance. And not just in magical traditions, but in religions etc. I mean, blood is life. It’s obviously the source. Sugar, the sweetness that makes us who we are. Blood and sugar. Too attractive to ignore.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with? - Hands down: Baron LaCroix, Baron of the Crossroads of life and death. Sara gets to have a drink with him, and that’s a meeting she’ll never forget.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates? – Writing has started on Book II. No teasers or release dates, but the working title is “Darkness Falls.” Except it’s such a good name that google already pulls up a lot of stuff with that title ☹
--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar set-up or style) - I’ve never encountered anything like BRITTLE. Brittany Geragotelis wrote LIFE’S A WITCH that apparently deals with some kind of modern/colonial witch hunt crossover stuff, but I haven’t read it.
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read? - Herman Hesse DEMIAN is my all time fav. I still have some time to read, yup. I’m currently reading through PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH that my sister lent me.
--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why? - Gee, I would want to go into a really happy, nice place where everything is awesome. Trouble is, most YA fantasy fiction is rife with conflict and struggle and diabolical or evil forces threatening the peace. And that’s what I read.
--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote? - I need something to write but I still don’t know what that is. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not. While writing, I found myself listening to a lot of Phutureprimitive (*Luminous EP) and Le Peuple de l’Herbe, but most of the writing was done in public spaces like MacDo and various coffee shops = ambient noise/music was the soundtrack.
--If you could have any superpower what would you choose? - The power to vanquish ignorance by giving everyone true compassion.
--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time? - Love spending time with my dogter, Bling.
--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self? - “IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, IT ONLY GETS BETTER”
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Do you really expect me to answer that?
Edward or Jacob? Jacob (disclaimer: I’ve only read the first book)
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Paper
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach!
Phone call or email? Text
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? DOG all the way
Messy or neat? Neat
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates pirates pirates. In fact, as you may find out, Sara has a particular (and mysterious) connection to the sea. Who knows what she may discover?
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever had dietary restrictions or known someone with them?
What do you think of Brittle?