Hi! Today we’re celebrating Jen McConnel’s YA debut, DAUGHTER OF CHAOS!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it’s too late?
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in the RED MAGIC paranormal YA trilogy.
I say: Yay, witches! I’m always curious how other authors create their magical systems!
Now for our interview with Jen:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Darlena is an impulsive, powerful, passionate witch. (JS: Hmm, sounds a bit like Maura!)
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is a mythic, thrilling, fun read.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a blissful, busy, bountiful writer! (JS: love the alliteration!)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
I’d like to go back to Egypt, and I really want to see Greece and Ireland.
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Classical Archaeology, Myth & Folklore, and Jewelry Making (JS: ooh, I’d love to take Myth & Folklore too!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Travel journalist, New Age shop owner, and event planner
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Roses, Black-Eyed Susans, and Mums
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
I love Indian food, chocolate, and tea.
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott, THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper, and LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott (JS: ooh, I haven’t read THE DARK IS RISING but I love the other two!)
Thanks for stopping by, Jen!
Jen is generously giving away this awesome swag pack (see below – it includes a journal and stickers and bookmarks and pins) to one winner in the US. Contest is open until next Wed (4/2) at midnight. Please fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.