Author Interview: Krystal McLaughlin

The Novel: The Witches Lottery

17427104Title: The Witches Lottery
Author: Krystal McLaughlin
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
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When Sophia and Drew McKibben’s parents are killed in a tragic car accident, they are shipped off to live with an aunt they never even knew existed. Believing that they are moving to a privately owned island just off of the coast of Mystic, CT to live alone with her, they are surprised to find a sort of under-aged bed and breakfast.

Sophia draws the attention of one of the locals, Falen, immediately. He always seems to know exactly what she is thinking, and to her frustration, everything she does seems to amuse him. When a newcomer to the island brings with him a sense of deja vu, she begins to ask herself the ultimate question: Am I going crazy?

Sophia’s world starts to unravel when she notices her own brother acting just as abnormal as the rest of them. When she begins to realize that the life she left behind looks even more bizarre then the one she was forced to leave it for, she’s faced with a decision to make: embrace the new life that has been given to her, or drown in the past. Either choice brings with it more secrets and deceptions to unearth. The problem now is that the two worlds may actually be more intertwined than she thought.

Author Interview

1. When did you start writing? Tell us a little about your writing experiences before you started working on The Witches Lottery.

I have been writing as long as I have been reading which is so far back I couldn’t begin to put a date to it. I can tell you that when I was twelve, I hand wrote a hundred and fifty page book on lined paper that was called The Haunted Locker. I have written poetry (the kind the rhymes), a romance novel, and started a ton of other books. I have always had more ideas then time to write them 🙂

2. Where did you get the inspiration for The Witches Lottery?

The Witches Lottery started with the title. It actually evolved several times before finally becoming what it is today. I liked the idea of a lottery where only a small fraction of people were chosen and I have always loved a book with paranormal elements. Originally Sophia’s name was Veronica and she was chosen through a ‘witches lottery’ along with eleven other people to complete a quest. It’s much different now!

3. Who was your favorite character to write and why?

So far Daphne is my favorite character to write. She is tough and feisty, but deep down has a very vulnerable and soft side that I find endearing. Making her part dragon was an element that I found exciting and fun and I had created a whole legend around her before ultimately coming up with her character. She has quite an eventful journey of her own that I think most people will find thrilling to read about. I am however, looking forward to seeing things from Drew’s perspective and watching him bring a close to the entire story.

4. What was the most challenging part of writing The Witches Lottery?

With any paranormal writing, there is a creative element that is both challenging and liberating. What I mean by that, is that when you are creating a whole world where the only rules you have to follow are your own, it allows you to have a level of creative control that real life books can’t give. However, you also have to have a completely developed vision of it or you begin to forget and change details that your readers will notice. Bringing a whole world to life like that is super difficult, but ultimately it’s been one of the best experiences I have ever had and I love my characters, my world and my story.

5. I heard that The Witches Lottery is actually the first part of an entire series you are planning, called The Enchanted Island. How many more novels are you planning in the series, and can you tell us something more about when and why you decided to write a series rather than a stand-alone novel?

I decided to write a series because as a reader I find it heartbreaking to let go of characters I fall in love with. Writing them makes it even harder to give them up because they become a part of who you are. With the Enchanted Island series, I felt that there were too many people who have stories worth writing about to just see it all through Sophia’s eyes. I am planning a total of four books, each one from a different person’s perspective. In the Witches Lottery you get to follow Sophia’s journey of awakening and self discovery as well as learning to cope with the very real emotional pain of losing someone you care about. The next one, A Dragon Forsaken, will follow Daphne as she embarks on a journey that will ultimately find itself more intertwined with the world of magic and ultimate betrayal. The two following are to be titled, The Goblin’s Daughter, which will be seen from Gianna’s eyes and then, The Magician’s Intuition will wrap things up as Drew discovers his true powers.

6. Is The Enchanted Island based on a real, existing place?

Yes and no. While the town of Mystic, Connecticut is indeed a real place right on the water, the actual island does not exist. I wanted a place that was beautiful and magical, but also cut off from the real normal world so that the characters were free to discover their abilities without having to hid away from prying eyes. It also made sense to have it on an island for characters such as Mitch (I won’t say why so I don’t spoil it!). The town Sophia and Drew grew up in, Rye, Colorado, also exists in the Rocky Mountains. I grew up there!

7. You are already working on a sequel, namely A Dragon Forsaken. I really love the title. Can you tell us in short what this novel will be about? A summary, maybe? Or a sneak peek?

A Dragon Forsaken follows Daphne on a journey that takes her back to a past she would rather forget and uncovers family secrets that she never knew about. It is more fast paced and a little darker then The Witches Lottery because Daphne is a more complex and unique character. She struggles with the ideas of love and at the end has a decision to make that would change the whole legend of her existence. I will tell you that Teagon from The Witches Lottery is back, you will be introduced to even more magical abilities, and someone that we all love will not make it to the next book. As far as a sneak peek goes… I have put exclusive excerpts on The Enchanted Island facebook page for anyone who is interested in reading them. They can be found through my blog : KrystalMcLaughlin.blogspot.com

Author Bio

Krystal McLaughlin lives in Colorado with her three year old daughter, who is her mini me, and her husband. She has been writing stories and poems for as long as she can remember and enjoys reading anything young adult she can get her hands on. Working as a banker by day, she spends her lunch breaks, evenings and weekends writing and plotting while still finding time to dance and be silly with her daughter. Her ultimate vacation destination is The Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando and she’s terrified of orcas!

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