Thursday, July 28, 2011

Interview with Krystal Mclaughlin

Tell us about your book The Witches Lottery:

When Sophia and Drew McKibben's parents are killed in a tragic car accident, they are shipped off to live with an aunt they never even knew existed. Believing that they are moving to a privately owned island just off of the coast of Mystic, CT to live alone with her, they are surprised to find a sort of under-aged bed and breakfast.
Sophia draws the attention of one of the locals, Falen, immediately. He always seems to know exactly what she is thinking, and to her frustration, everything she does seems to amuse him. When a newcomer to the island brings with him a sense of deja vu, she begins to ask herself the ultimate question: Am I going crazy?
Sophia's world starts to unravel when she notices her own brother acting just as abnormal as the rest of them. When she begins to realize that the life she left behind looks even more bizarre then the one she was forced to leave it for, she's faced with a decision to make: embrace the new life that has been given to her, or drown in the past. Either choice brings with it more secrets and deceptions to unearth. The problem now is that the two worlds may actually be more intertwined than she thought.

Where is your book available?

It is available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  It should be up within the next few months as a print book on Amazon as well.

Where did you get the idea for your book?

I liked the idea that in a magical world, not everyone is equal.  Just like some people are good at math and some people are good a writing... in my world, each witch or wizard has a specific power that describes them.  There are Prophets, Intuits, Lephrechauns, and so many other fantastic talents that you would have to read the books to learn all about them.

How did you come up with the title?

I feel that just as in a regular lottery, you never know what you are going to end up with.  So in a Witches Lottery, you never know what talent will develop inside of you.

Who designed the cover?

My best friend Amber Streed, who happens to be an amazing artist, designed the cover art for both the Witches Lottery and its sequel A Dragon Forsaken

Who was your inspiration for writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember.  So I don't think I was really inspired to do it, more like it was what I was meant to do.  I can say that it was a combination of JK Rowling and LJ Smith who inspired me to move back into writing young adult.  For a while I wanted to write romance.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written two.  The Witches Lottery and its sequel A Dragon Forsaken.  So far, A Dragon Forsaken is my favorite because I think that Daphne, it's main character, is someone who is a little tough to get to know and love, but once you do, she is an amazingly strong character.

I am however, working on a book currently called: The Guardian of the Realm: A Faeire Tale that could end up being my favorite and I still have two more for my original series planned out.  The next one will be The Goblin's Daughter and after that The Magician's Intuition.

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?

I have not traveled specifically for my books, but I have to admit that every place involved in them are places I have been and are familiar with.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? 

I wrote my first official book entitled The Bloody Locker when I was in the sixth grade, although I no longer have any of it.  The first book I completed and felt was ready for publication was The Witches Lottery.

Do you think your book has the potential for a good movie?

I think given the right circumstances, characters, and special effects, the entire series could sustain a movie.

Do you have any suggestions for me on how to become a better writer?

Just write all of the time.  If you get inspired on a story, start working on it and don't get discouraged if you have to take a step away from it and begin work on something else.  I find when I do that and go back to some of the things I have started, I find that they are really rather good and need little if no editing... sometimes you just need to take yourself out of them for a moment.

About Krystal McLaughlin:

I have been writing for as long as I can remember.  Short stories, parts of books, ideas, characters, and even poetry.  I think that when you have a passion to write, there is always a story in your mind and in your heart just bursting to get out.  My day job is working in a credit union where I tend to people watch and get a lot of interesting ideas for characters.  I have a beautiful four year old daughter who I live and breath for.  All of my books and everything I do, I do with her in mind.

Her Website:http://krystalmclaughlin.blogspot.com/

Links to her books on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=krystalmclaughlin&x=0&y=0

Link on Barnes and Nobles:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/krystal-mclaughlin

Link to Smashwords:http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Krystal+Mclaughlin

Follow Her on Twitter: @witcheslottery

Follow me on Twitter: @spencerbrokaw

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