Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Author Interview & Spotlight: Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot

The Accidental Witch
The Darkest Arts Series
Book 1
by Jessica Penot
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing

Number of pages: 276

Today we have an interview with author Jessica Penot:

Where are you from and from where/who did your love for writing come from?  
I am from the Detroit area and my love for writing sprung from my passion for stories as a child.  I loved reading and I always wanted to be part of the magnificent worlds that lived within the pages of books. 

Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through? 
My journey was very difficult.  The hardest moments were the moments when I didn’t think my books would ever be published.

How do you overcome i-suck-at-this, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?  
I like to write.  It is almost therapeutic for me.  I don’t write because I need to find greatness.  I write because it is my passion and without it I go a little crazy.  Even if I did suck and never found a publisher, I would still write just for myself.   I guess that means I don’t need to overcome the “i-suck-it” voice in my head.  I’m not even sure I have that voice.

What is your dream vacation?  
I would love to travel through England, Germany, France and Italy over an entire summer. 

Describe your writing style in five words.  
I may not have five words, but I have three.  Dark and Whimsical.

What movies are you currently excited to see?   
I can’t wait to see the next Hobbit.   I also can’t wait to see Robocop.  I can’t explain why, but I love those crazy movies.  I’m looking forward to Pompeii too.  I was really excited about Hunger Games, but I’ve already seen it twice now so I am feeling pretty good about that.

What are you currently reading?  
I am ready The Golem and the Jinni and loving it. 

If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?  
I do have a day job.  I’m a therapist with a MS in clinical psychology.   I’m at home writing now, but I do hope to open my own practice in a year or two and work as a therapist again.

If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called? 
I don’t think I’d invent a holiday, but I would love to bring some holidays from other cultures to the US.  I would love to see more Day of the Dead celebrations here and I think we should embrace The Hungry Ghost Festival too.

For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?  
A small town psychologist decides to embrace the dark arts after two of her patients kill themselves and is quickly pulled into a world of sex and magic.

What are two of your pet-peeves?  
I hate people that hog elevators when handicapped people and families with strollers need them when there are perfectly good stairs and escalators everywhere.  I also don’t like adults that push children aside for events.

To you, what makes a good story? 
I don’t think there are any specific ingredients that are always present in a good story.  I’ve read nontraditional books that are amazing and lack the usual story structure, however without strong characters I don’t think any story can survive. 

What usually turns you off about a story?  
The characters often turn me off if they are poorly written. 

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?  
I love Anne Rice.  I would love to work with her.

What is on your night stand?  
My IPad.  The Book of the Bizarre.  My iPhone.  A stack of books that I plan on reading when I get around to it.  Lately, I’ve been reading more and more on my IPad so my paper book stack gets bigger and bigger.   I probably should clear my nightstand.

What is your favorite book?  

Thank you, Jessica!

Book Description:
Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is. 
 Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.
 Phaedra is so happy she doesn't notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.   

It is amazing how the most world-changing days can seem entirely mundane to begin with. Friday the 13th seemed no different than any other day to me. I woke up late, as always, and rushed to get dressed and make it to the car with my usual box of animal crackers and diet cola. I pulled my shoes on as I backed out of the driveway and ate while I drove to work.
I was late to work, but just early enough to not be noticed as late. The small hospital where I worked was a blip in a vast nowhere and the small psychiatric floor I worked on was a blip in a blip. I was a blip within a blip within a blip, making me practically nothing. I could’ve died in my sleep and the world would barely belch. I liked to think that I was good at what I did. I liked to think that even though I was a nothing, I made a difference in the patients’ lives. I was one of those deluded people that believed in saving the world one person at a time. I guess I still am. Certainly, I was one of the few people that actually cared about the patients. The management didn’t care that I cared. Management was too busy trying to balance the books and keep the floor profitable to care what the staff did with the patients. I could take all the patients outside and have them moo like cows and management wouldn’t care as long as I billed it as a recreational therapy group and got the proper reimbursement.

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About the Author: 

Jessica Penot is a therapist who lives in Alabama with her 2 corgis, cat, sons, husband and other strange creatures. She is the author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga, and Circe.

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