The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Jessica Spotswood and Born Wicked!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Looking Ahead: Jessica Spotswood and Born Wicked!

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

Up today is Jessica Spotwood with Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles!

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?
JS: Sisters. Witches. Kissing. Banned books. Tea parties. Secret trysts.

TCR: What was the most surprising aspect of the publication process?
JS: How quickly everything's happened with this book! My first ms didn't sell, so this has been a wonderful, crazy whirlwind. BW sold in a week. I got my editorial letter 3 weeks later, the same day I announced the deal, and my deadlines have been fast and furious ever since. I've also been pleasantly surprised by how available my editor is to answer questions and bounce ideas around. She's very generous.

TCR: What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?
JS: I was on the phone with Ari, my editor--she called me at my day job to tell me to check my email ASAP--and I shrieked about how much I loved it. I may have gotten a little teary. I think it's lush and gorgeous. And I love the intensity of the model's gaze. It's very appropriate for my book; none of my girls are shrinking violets.

TCR: Where can we stay up to date on you and your book?
JS: You can follow my blog at www.jessicaspotswood.com (and stay tuned for giveaways on the 7th of every month leading up to publication!). I'm also on twitter @jessica_shea.

Thanks so much, Jessica! Here's the official summary of Born Wicked!

"Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. 
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other."
This one comes out in February 7th, 2012! What do you all think?


Anonymous said...

Love her 10 words or less description. And I'm going to back up the cover love too. It's a really great cover.

Allison R said...

I love the cover of this book and can't wait to read it (not a lot of witch books out there).

Cath Brookes said...

I recommend this book to everyone but especially people who loved Marissa Doyle's Betraying Season, and Bewitching Season, and if you haven't read them pick them up as you wait for the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles.
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