Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Love the One Your Witch by Randa Flannery

Please welcome Randa Flannery author of Love the One Your Witch.

Randa Flannery will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn host.

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Love the One You’re Witch

by Randa Flannery

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

I don’t even know where it started. I started writing stories when I was very young, like seven or eight, but what made me think of doing it for a career? Hm… There was this book I read in middle school, The Black Stallion. I loved this book, but especially the race at the end. It was written in a way that made my heart beat faster and I felt that excitement and anxiety that the character was feeling. It made me think, wow that was really well written! Which, in turn, made me want to improve on my own writing and strive to make it evoke that sort of emotion and reaction in others. It was a pretty significant shift, I think, to have stuck with me so long.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

They can come from anywhere! Sometimes, the problem becomes “how do you stop the idea gathering and stick with what you’ve got going?”. It can be from a song, a movie, another book, a joke, an article, a phrase, a word, a stranger on the street, or anything else I happen across. Then I just plant it and see how it grows. For Love the One You’re Witch, it actually started with frustration with a different book I was reading. I got tired of reading these stories where the heroine was so whiny and the hero was so depressed. The dialogue between the two characters and the inner dialogue was killing me. So I decided to write a story that was pretty much the exact opposite of that.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Well, I watch a lot of romantic comedies and talk a lot. So I write romantic comedies with characters that are good at talking. Does that count?

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

That’s a good one. Let me think. I’m terrified of public speaking, eat way too much junk food, hate snow and cold, and my husband is a total pervert. If ever there is a pervert in one of my stories, you know that he was the inspiration. In fact, whatever that character says is probably something my husband has actually said to me. And he’s standing over my shoulder as I write this and refuses to let me delete it.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I’m going to take over the world. Failing that, I would love to have my books made into movies or television series. At the very least, I want to be an author that consistently entertains and intrigues the readers. It would be great to be on the “automatic buy” list.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Oooo, there’s one that I really want to say, but she hasn’t been introduced yet. She is awesome, though, and I can’t wait to get her story done. I’ll just have to tease with that. Out of the two books of mine that have been released, I would have to say Ana from Love the One You’re Witch. She’s so snarky and funny and real…as much as a fictional character can be, anyway. She says the things we’re all thinking and couldn’t care less about what people think about her.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I love casting my characters! I even make up soundtracks for my books. For Love the One You’re Witch, I like Emma Stone or Jamie King for Ana (because i think they can pull off the sassy but not bitchy personality with the kind of faces that can deliver her one liners with the right expression) and Theo James or Liam Hemsworth for Lucas (i don’t think i need to explain that…).

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I had a couple of critique partners before with my first novel, Missing. This was before I joined Icasm Press. It was good, having other writers look over the manuscript, because i could discuss issues beyond what they like and don’t like. If there is a hole in the plot or some parts that are unclear or aren’t working, they can bounce ideas around with you, make suggestions. I do not have a critique partner now mainly because I don’t have the time. With deadlines and marketing and events and such, I can’t dedicate the kind of time to another author’s manuscript that it would deserve, and I don’t have the time to wait for them to finish with my own. I send it through content editing, which is very thorough, but they, too, are on deadlines, so it works. If you do have the time available, I would definitely recommend getting one. They’re very helpful if you find the right one for you.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

My husband was the one who finally got me to submit my work. He’s been extremely patient and supportive with me. He’s known for a long time that this is what I wanted to do, even when I thought that it was just a pipe dream. He pushed and nagged when needed, encouraged and petted, and just kept telling me to just try it. So last year, once all of the kids were all in school together for the first time, I focused on getting stories done and polished to send out. When I worried and bit my nails, rambling on about how I simply wasn’t good enough, he would calm me down and got me back to work. I can honestly say that I would not be on this path if it wasn’t for him. I would be drifting from hobby to hobby or job to job wondering “what if”.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Regarding polishing and publishing: “Just put it out there. Don’t worry about it so much.”

Such bad advice! If you don’t worry about it and just put it out there without making it the best it can be, it’s like selling a lemon of a car! Worry about it, stress over it,work on it until it’s a product you can be proud of. Readers deserve nothing less from you and if you consider yourself a writer, then take it seriously. Otherwise, you’re cheating the readers and sabotaging yourself. On top of that, you’re jipping the story you should have told. Inexcusable.

On the other hand, the best advice I’ve heard is that you can’t please everybody. There will be people who don’t like you or your work. Accept it. Great advice.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I have tried both and found I can only finish a book if I use an outline. Starting is never the problem, but after that, it’s rather like trying to find my way around a new city without a map…and I’m a man who refuses to ask for directions. I wander around and around without reaching my destination. I may find some interesting things along my route, but ultimately fail in my journey. You know that saying, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? Well, in this case, that’s completely wrong! Nobody wants to read a rambling story.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I play a little piano and a little guitar, but so far none of my character do.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Um…I love books and have about a million favorites, so I don’t know that I can pin point just one as THE favorite. I suppose if I had to choose just one, I’d have to fall back on a classic and say Pride and Prejudice. It really is the best tried and true story line, isn’t it? A contentious relationship turned to love. The brooding misunderstood man. The strong heroine who doesn’t need him. A love against the odds. No matter how often it is retold in different forms, it works.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Love the One You’re Witch is the first book in the Magically Yours series. I’ve recently finished the first draft for the second in the series, which will hopefully be out later this year or early next year, and have begun outlining the details for the third. Ana’s story introduces some of the other women who work at the PI firm with her, and each story will follow a different heroine. The second book follows Lucy, the werewolf at the firm. She’s much different from Ana and gives a whole new meaning to “eating your feelings”.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

There are really two darker moments for Ana in the book. Without giving too much away, I can say that one is when Ana experiences the downside of falling in love, and the second is when she considers not only forsaking that love but seeking revenge through it. She had the power and could even be justified doing it. I think we’ve all been there, when someone we care about has really pushed our patience and hurt us, however unintentionally, and our thought is to hurt them back. It’s a quick moment in this book, but it’s a gritty, real one.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It is both wonderful and awful at the same time! It can be freeing and easy, and it can be frustratingly restrictive and difficult. Understand that there are expectations with series books that may or may not be in line with the author’s own plans. Readers get to know the characters and develop their own relationship with them and start to get totally invested in their story…so much so that they can get very upset when things don’t go the way they wanted with them. It also limits the story lines available. You kind of write yourself into a box. Your character can only grow so much before they are no longer the same person the readers expect and love. On the other hand, you have the freedom to explore the relationships more and develop more depth to everything and everyone without dragging the story down too much. Getting too long? Don’t worry, you can put that in the next book! Don’t want to have to rebuild the world in the sequel? Then don’t, because things are explained in a previous story and are still working. Your characters have a background and past that won’t need to be strategically dumped in because the reader has probably been following it since book one, so they can already understand some motivations that developed from it.

One of the problems I have with writing a series at the moment was deciding whether to have each book in the Magically Yours series to follow the same characters or to dedicate each one to a different character. I loved Ana and Lucas (and Ollie…can’t forget Ollie), but I also wanted to explore her friends’ stories. So I chose the latter. Reading people’s comments and reviews, though, they seem to want more of Ana and may be disappointed not to get another full story for her. I have been working on some plans to pacify, so hopefully everyone will be happy.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?Just that I really appreciate all those people who read my books. Especially those that also rate and review them. It makes my day. You guys are making my dream come true, and you rock.

BLURB:

Sassy and snarky witch Anastasia Gregor does not work with vampires. Unfortunately, she forgot to tell her boss that. Now she’s up to her neck (pun intended) in the night walkers as she attempts to help one family fix their love lives.

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EXCERPT:

“So, Erica, I hear you’re in love.”

The daughter perked up slightly and a dreamy look stole over her features. “Yes, I am.” Then her face fell as she glared accusingly at her mother, father, and brothers. “But these morons can’t accept that and they’re trying to keep us apart!”

Her stunningly beautiful face suddenly morphed into one from my nightmares. Her eyes were washed with red and long sharp fangs grew from her canines as she yelled, her voice changing from the pleasant lilt it had been to a deep rumble. And then she narrowed those murderous eyes on me.

“And they brought you here to take him from me.”

I held myself still and mentally prepared to throw a blast of sunlight her way if she made a move for my throat.

Tanner was instantly at her side and smacked her on the back of her head, drawing her attention. “Put it away,” he snapped. “Could you at least try to have a little class in front of a guest?”

Erica snarled.

“That’s enough,” Moira announced imperiously, and the daughter grudgingly returned her face to normal. “My apologies, Ms. Gregor.”

I cleared my throat. “So who’s the lucky guy?” I asked, my voice heavy with sarcasm.

“I am.”

I looked up, away from the immediate threat of a lovesick girl, to follow the new voice. And then I really wished I hadn’t. Because any man I ever met now would have to be measured next to him, which was completely unfair since they would always come up lacking. I was ruined.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bio:

Randa Flannery has an a degree in English and writes a variety of romantic fiction, including suspense, comedy, and urban fantasy. Randa is a member of the Romance Writers of America and lives as an expat with her husband and children in FuYang, China.

Media Links:

www.Randaflannery.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/randaflannery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandaflannery

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Randa Flannery will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1327

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11 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Love the One Your Witch by Randa Flannery

  1. Randa Flannery
    November 6, 2015

    thanks so much for having me on the blog today! it was a great interview and i’m thrilled to get to share ana’s story with everyone. i’m happy to hang out and chat with anyone. just leave a comment!

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 6, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Mai Tran
    November 6, 2015

    How did you meet your best friend?

    • Randa Flannery
      November 6, 2015

      well, my best friend is my husband. i know, it’s cheesy. but with all of the things we go through together, it really does make the most sense. we met when i was subleasing a town house during the summer in college. one of my room mates, a guy who moved in a couple of weeks early for the semester, had invited a couple of his friends over to prepare for a prank they planned. my husband was one of those pranksters. it was NOT love at first sight! not only was i rather disapproving of their chosen entertainment, but when he was introduced to me, his buddies hinted strongly that we were batting for the same team. and nobody bothered to correct that belief for almost two years! now, after twelve years of marriage and three children, i’m almost sure they were just joking. 😉

  4. achristay
    November 6, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Eva Millien
    November 6, 2015

    Great interview and excerpt, sounds like my kind of book, I enjoyed following the tour and learning all about it, thanks for sharing and good luck!

  6. Victoria
    November 6, 2015

    Great excerpt, I’m looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Amber Ag
    November 6, 2015

    Big plans. Taking over the world seems like it’d be time consuming 🙂 Thanks for the interview and excerpt!

    • Randa Flannery
      November 6, 2015

      it does, doesn’t it? and really, it doesn’t seem like much fun. maybe i’ll just sleep in and skip the whole world domination thing.

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