Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for Lily: Witch Hunter by Emma Hart. Today, she was kind enough to take some time to do a Q&A with me. Thanks for stopping by!
What was the inspiration for Lily: Witch Hunter?
A little bit of everything. The idea popped into my head one day so I put it down. The Salem Witch Trials have always been something that fascinated me, so I knew I wanted to tie it in in a big way with the storyline. Also Harry Potter, I think that series began my love of all things magic. All those things brought the story together in my mind, but if I'm completely honest, my daughter is what inspired me to put my crazy thoughts into words.
Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?
It's a toss up between Lily and Grandma Bea. I lost my father when I was young and Lily is the girl I know he would have loved me to be. She's strong, unconditionally loving and incredibly sarcastic. She's a typical teen with the weight of the world on her shoulders. There's a lot of me in her, and I discover a little more each time I read through a scene.
And Grandma Bea.. Well, what can you say about her, really? She's the grandmother I always wanted. She's just completely awesome.
Will there be more adventures with any of the characters?
Yes! I'm finishing up with the fifth book in the series, Prophecy, and that will be released on the 16th. The sixth and final book, Unfulfilled, is a little different and I'm hoping that'll be published in the Spring. And there might be some extra scenes at the end of that book.. Maybe. ;) After that, who knows? I'd quite like to write a short story about Ivy's turning as a spin off.
What other works in progress do you have?
Apart from the final two books, I have another YA Paranormal Romance I'm writing, and I'm planning on a trilogy in the new year.
What are you reading right now?
Light of the Moon by David James. It's a brilliant book!
What is it about witches, particularly Salem, that continues to fascinate us today? And why do you think our opinions have changed over the centuries?
I think it fascinates us because it's so different, so out there, yet at one point it was so real. I'm a bit of an optimist, so there's a little part of me that thinks what if it was true back then? It's one of the worlds many mysteries. I think our opinions have changed because our ideals have. I think most people today view the world as black and white with very few shades of grey, so it's easy to look back a crazy part in History as just that, crazy.
With so many books now available in this genre, how do you make yourself stand out?
I be myself. The way I write is unique to me, just like every author's way is to them. It's very hard to stand out.. But I think if you have a good storyline and you're willing to put the work in, you can.
What advice do you have for your fellow writers?
Be yourself. That's the absolute most important thing about this industry, because if you try to be like someone else chances are, you'll fail.
Anything else you would like to share with readers?
Only that I couldn't have done any of what I have achieved without them. I write for me but publish for my readers, and each and every single one is awesome.
Thank you so much for your time!
Emma Hart is a young mum/maid/launderette/personal chef/author who lives in Barnstaple, Devon in England. She lives with a man bearing the title fiancé who is incapable of picking up dirty socks and their one year old little monster who currently shouts 'quack' at everything.
When she's not writing or being mum, she enjoys sitting down with a good book to get five minutes peace, which almost never happens. She freely admits to hating talent shows on TV, (The Voice, Xfactor etc) but being completely addicted to them and unable to stop watching. Emma believes there are only two men in the world who can say they truly understand women – their names are Ben & Jerry – because if you didn't understand women there's no way you could create ice-cream that good. She also admits to being a bit eBay obsessive. You will find at least 200 items on her watch list at any one time. Little girl's shoes is another love of hers – just as well because her daughter grows incredibly quickly. Sadly, this is the only one of her obsessions she is able to justify.
Twitter - @EmmaHartAuthor
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