Today’s guest is the fabulous Linda Wisdom. The last time Linda was here we had a blog party and I had so much fun that I invited her back to talk about her latest release, Wicked by Any Other Name.
It is no secret that I adore her fun and quirky paranormal series and today she is here to blog a bit about the series and the latest book…
What Makes A Book Series
Building a series is actually a lot of work. It’s not all about writing connected books, it’s also making sure continuity is there, that continuing characters are the same personality wise in each book. That the writer doesn’t suddenly making changes without giving a good reason, so the reader isn’t confused. And a writer knows a series has to be nurtured and grow with each book, because it’s common knowledge it can take about five books before a series truly takes off. With each book released, more readers try the most recent book then go in search of the earlier books. I know I’m one of those readers who immediately buy the previous books.
I knew my Hex series would need to be built in such a way the characters would be introduced before their book came out. Such as Stasi and Blair showing up in 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover and Hex Appeal. The best part was that readers asked if they’d get their own books, so I knew even those glimpses of them was enough to tempt the readers to come back.
I like to call it layering. Each book gave a little more, a bigger glimpse into the future, so to speak. Writing more about all the characters and peeks into their pasts.
So by the time Wicked By Any Other Name came out, readers knew Stasi was sweet natured and had a dog named Bogie who floated rather than walked. And that she had a lingerie boutique that also featured romance novels. What they didn’t know was that she also had a gargoyle that was about as un PC as you could get and she had a spine of pure iron when need be. That inner strength came out when she was hit with a double whammy of a pending lawsuit in Wizards Court and a sexy wizard attorney affecting her in some pretty wild ways such as seeing red hearts over his head and he seeing them over hers. A witch who promotes romance also trespasses into Cupid’s province and the god of Eros is very territorial. And since witches are further down the social chain, there should be way for a wizard to be attracted to her. But when Cupid gets involved anything can happen.
A brief glimpse of Stasi and Blair’s town, Moonstone Lake, let the readers know where the witches lived, so they’re briefly acquainted with it before seeing the town and people as a whole. And what they’ll see is a town with a lake contaminated by olde magick, townspeople looking at Stasi as if she suddenly turned into the Wicked Witch of the West and accusations fly fast and furious. A part of Stasi’s past comes into play since she had lived in Olde Salem during the Witch Trials and the terror from that time hasn’t left her. Another layer to Stasi and in the book you see more of Blair, about her shop and her personality. But more about her this fall.
There’s still the mingling of characters with Jazz, Nick and Irma there and naturally, Fluff and Puff, because there’s no way they’d want to be away from any place that might have trouble brewing.
Wicked By Any Other Name actually evolved from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer titled Hush. In Hush, the characters lost their voices and evil creatures came at night to feed on their fear as they took their hearts. In Wicked By Any Other Name fear is there in a magickal sense as the town is cut off from the outside world due to heavy snowstorms and a power outage. And just like Buffy’s Scooby gang, Stasi has Trev, the wizard attorney, Blair, Jazz and Nick along with some former residents of Moonstone Lake that now resides on another plain.
I wanted that balance of engaging Stasi mixed with the dark and hopefully I accomplished my goal.
And the layering of characters and events will continue with my October release, Hex in High Heels.
I hope you enjoy Wicked By Any Other Name and if you haven’t read 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover and Hex Appeal, that you’ll go out and find them and consider Hex in High Heels when it’s released.
Because a series can only flourish as long as the readers want the books.
Thanks Linda! I can’t wait for Hex in High Heels so this is one reader that definitely wants the books 🙂 !
Readers, today you have a chance to check out Linda’s latest. One lucky commenter will receive a copy of Wicked by Any Other Name!
To enter, just leave a comment or question below.
However, this giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only.
I’ll randomly select a winner and announce it on Wednesday, Feb. 25 so be sure to check back!
And this weekend I’ll be posting my review of Wicked by Any Other Name!
So any questions or comments…
Have any of you read this series?