Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Trouble With Spells Blog Tour: Interview with Lacey Weatherford
”Today, as part of the 'The Trouble With Spells' blog tour being hosted by The Bookish Snob Promotions I have Lacey Weatherford, author of said book and the Of Witches and Warlocks series, for an interview. But first..a little bit about Lacey =)
Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight. She resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.
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Now onto what you have all been waiting for..my interview with Lacey. Enjoy!
1. What/who inspired you to become a writer?
I think reading inspired me the most. I would often day dream of stories I read as a child and think up things I would have done differently. My first attempts at writing were at the age of nine. I tried to write a mystery story that featured me and my cousin. I was a huge Nancy Drew fan at the time. Unbeknownst to me, my mom saved all those writings of mine. I found them in a box of hers when I was going through her things after she passed away. It brought tears to my eyes, and more than a little bit of laughter too when I read them. My mom always encouraged me in my writings, and was very influential in my love of reading.
2. Which of your books was the easiest to write/hardest to write and why?
Book two, The Demon Kiss, was definitely the easiest to write. I wrote it in seven days. I felt like someone was just feeding the material straight into my head and I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with it! I worked on it for probably 20 hours a day, stopping for a few hours to sleep when exhaustion hit. I would wake up out of a dead sleep with ideas and start writing again. I had to start keeping my computer by the bed so I didn’t have to keep running into the other room to type stuff!
Book four, The Dark Rising, was the most difficult. My first version of The Trouble with Spells came out right in the middle of writing it and kind of threw me off my groove. I stopped writing to do marketing stuff and when I tried to pick up again I felt like I had hit a brick wall. I was just stuck. My mother-in-law called me up one day and said she had a suggestion for the book that might help me out. I actually laughed out loud at her idea, it seemed so ludicrous. But it turned out to be the comment that got the imagination rolling again, and her tip ended up turning into a fabulous story line.
3. Any fan of yours who has read your blog or your book will know that Matt Lanter (Liam from 90210) was your model for character Vance. If you could pick your own dreamcast to play your characters in a movie or TV series, who would they be?
Ha! Yes, Matt has been such a sweetheart about all of this. He’s a great guy!
I actually put a lot of thought into this question after Matt’s manager asked for the books. As far as the cast in book one I would like Matt to be Vance, of course. I would absolute love Emma Roberts to be Portia. She’s just so cute. When I wrote the part of Shelly it was actually with the image of Taylor Swift in mind. I had seen her on an episode of CSI and loved her in it. I think Zach Roerig from Vampire Diaries would be the perfect Brad. He’s dreamy! I like Rob Estes for Portia’s dad Sean, Selma Hayek for Portia’s mom, and Diane Keaton for Portia’s grandma, Milly. I think Amy Brenneman would be the perfect choice for Vance’s mom, Krista, and I had the ever-so-deliciously-evil Sean Bean in mind when I wrote Vance’s dad, Damien Cummings.
4. How many more books do you have planned for the Witches & Warlocks series?
There will be five books total. The first three are released right now. Book four, The Dark Rising, is finished and awaiting its release which I believe is slated for June. I’m halfway through writing the final installment, tentatively called Possession of Souls, now. I’m on chapter sixteen I believe. I’ve had to stop writing on it to do the release for this book, so hopefully I will be able to pick it up easily again soon!
5. What is your favorite scene/chapter from all of your books and why?
I don’t think I could pick! I love all the romantic scenes between Vance and Portia, but I also loved getting into the heads of some of the evil characters through the story. If I were to try to narrow it down to something I would have to pick a scene that happens at the end of book three that was extremely difficult for me to write. I don’t want to say what it is for those who haven’t read it yet, but I got sick from crying over it so much that I ended up with pneumonia! I would say I was probably most emotionally invested into that scene, and I still can’t read it without crying.
6. What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I want every book I pick up to read to be my favorite book of all time! I have favorites in all types of genres I have read, but way too many to even consider picking just one. In fact, that would probably be the way people could best torture me, lock me in a room and make me choose one book to be my favorite! I would go crazy! I sweat over picking my top ten for my end of the year blog posts!!
I can give you my favorite book I read in the last year. That was Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma. That book has a very controversial subject matter, dealing with an incestuous relationship, but it was written extremely well and afforded the reader a glimpse into the world of someone who is traumatized by their feelings. I think I still have a knot in my throat from reading that book. It was gripping.
Thanks for having me by Naomi! :D
The pleasure was all mine Lacey's. Thanks for stopping by.
If you want to read my review of The Trouble With Spells (2nd Edition) please click on the link.
To keep following Lacey's blog tour..check out Reader Girls tomorrow.
To check out who is all taking part in the blog tour go to The Bookish Snob Promotions.