Thank you so much for taking the time to be on the blog and for doing an interview for us! Let me just say The Cat's Meow was amazing!
With that being said where did the idea for the book to take place in Charleston come about?
Thanks for having me by today. It’s great to be here! So, how did I pick Charleston?
Well, I knew I wanted to have it set in a city with a lot of history, plus a little spooky, too. It wasn’t hard research. I typed into Google, “America’s Most Haunted Cities”, and Charleston, South Carolina is one of them. With any cities I use, I look at pictures on the web and read about the city. It really is just a fit type of thing and…Charleston felt right.
What were you doing when the idea came to you for this book?
Libby’s character came to me first and she pretty much took over. I can’t remember what story I was working on when Libby showed herself, but I do remember I was working on something. I had to stop and jot down ideas for The Cat’s Meow. Sometimes a character won’t leave me alone, and that was Libby. She kept harassing me until I finally wrote her story.
How many books do you plan for the Witch's Brew series?
Three books for sure, but probably four. I’m not a planner when it comes to books and usually if I say something, I always do the exact opposite. So, truthfully, I won’t know until I’m writing each book if there will need to be another. But I do imagine there will be a few more to come.
When writing this series do you like to play music in the background? If so what is on your playlist?
I don’t listen to music when I write because I like to sing, which of course, I am awful at, but that’s why I do it alone. If I have music on, I would never get any work done and would end up dancing at my desk.
In the next book will we learn more about Kale?
Yes, definitely! The Cat’s Meow was mostly about Libby and her past, since Kale was so mysterious. Book Two will be very Kale focused. Not to say more won’t come from Libby and her past, but we will get more of Kale’s story.
What was your favorite part of The Cat's Meow to write?
The magic! I loved every single moment of it!
When you are writing or plotting a book do the names of the characters just come to you or does it take awhile for them to present themselves?
I cannot write a word without characters names. Like I was saying with the city I set a book in, the same goes for names. I look through a huge database of names and wait for one to stand out. It always does. When I saw Libby’s name, it instantly clicked. And Kale…well, what can I say? I have a habit of picking “K” names for my heroes.
What goes through your mind when you are writing a villains scene?
Usually when I write a villain scene it’s in my heroine’s perspective. Like with The Cat’s Meow, I went through all the emotions Libby does, mostly shock and anger. I love writing those types of scenes because they are so thrilling, action-packed, and typically are the fastest scenes for me to write. It’s fun to write the bad guys!
Libby found out a lot about herself in The Cat's Meow, in the next book will we learn more about what she is meant to do with all that she learned?
In the next book, it will be more about Libby finding herself in her “new” life. It’s all going to be new for Libby and she is not used to certain rules she’s going to have to follow. Libby is a very “set in her ways” type of witch, so change won’t be easier for her. But each book will bring Libby closer to understanding her abilities and what she can do with them. It’s all about finding her purpose!
Do you have any other projects in store?
I always have new projects on the go—like I said, characters are annoying and don’t leave me alone…ever!
The Frostbite series will be completed with two more books coming out very soon. After that, I have a steamy BDSM series called, Club Sin that will be releasing in the Summer. I’m trying to finish up the Pact of Seduction series, too. But I’m so excited that Werewolves Be Damned will be out soon! It is by far my favorite series ever, so I cannot wait to have those books released!
Do we know the name to the next Witch's brew book?
You don’t, but I do! Yes, I’m evil!
Thank you again for answering all our questions and I certainly can't wait for the next book
Big hugs for letting me stop today!
The Cat’s Meow
Witch’s Brew Book One
Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release date: December 13, 2012
A good witch always has a kick-ass back-up plan.
Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.
While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.
Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.
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Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.
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