Tuesday, November 14, 2017

0 Tina Connolly, author of SERIOUSLY HEXED, on putting all the personal things you love into your book

SERIOUSLY HEXED is the final book in the Seriously Series, and we're thrilled to have Tina Connolly stop by to tell us more about it.

Tina, what scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

I feel like most of the scenes I’m really excited about with this book are full of spoilers! But some of my favorite moments are getting to pay off things I set up in books 1 and 2. Since Seriously Hexed is the final book in the trilogy, there were a number of incidents and references that I wanted to resolve before we turned the final page. I really enjoyed getting the chance to show things the previous books had touched on but not delved into.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I find first drafts to be the most challenging part of my process—I would literally rather do anything else than stare at the blank page. Even laundry. So I will leave my house and go to a coffee shop where I am forced to sit and do the work, with nothing to distract me. Later on, in revisions, I find it much easier to focus. I sit down at my desktop and lose myself in rearranging pieces for hours. I still turn off facebook, though.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Usually the advice I like to share involves things like productivity tips (just keep doing the work, slow and steady if necessary, you can do it) or my favorite creative tip (put all the things you personally love into your book, because then you will write something only *you* can write.) Lately, here in 2017, I feel like I want to offer the advice that it’s okay to feel in need of a break. Take that break, drink some hot chocolate, think about what you really want to say. The writing will be there.

What are you working on now?

I’ve been working on a variety of different things this summer, which has been a nice break. My short story collection, On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, was nominated for a World Fantasy award, so I’m looking forward to going to that ceremony in San Antonio. I wrote a couple short plays for a Portland theatre company called the Pulp Stage, and they are collecting them, and some other pieces, into a new book called Storytelling Karaoke – which is exactly as fun as it sounds! I also wrote a novelette about pastries and revenge, and sold that to my editor at Tor. So look for that in early 2018 at Tor.com.


Seriously Hexed
by Tina Connolly
Tor Teen
Released 11/14/2017

Tina Connolly continues the hilarious adventures of teen witch Camellia and her mother, wicked witch Sarmine, in this latest installment to the Andre Norton Award-nominated "Seriously Wicked" series.

Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of. She's willing to do small things, like magically help her boyfriend Devon get over his ongoing stage fright. But tangling with other witches is not on her wishlist. Joining her mother's wicked witch coven is right out.

New acquaintance Poppy Jones is a Type A, A+ Student of True Witchery. She's got all the answers, and she's delighted to tangle with a bunch of wicked witches. She doesn't need any reluctant witch getting in her way, especially one who knows less than a dozen spells, and has zero plans for witch college.

Then a coven meeting goes drastically awry. A hex is taking down all thirteen members of the coven, one by one putting both girls' mothers in jeopardy. Now the two teens are going to have to learn to work together, while simultaneously juggling werewolf puppies, celebrity demons, thirteen nasty hexes, and even nastier witches. They may have to go through hell and high water to save their mothers but they also might find a new friendship along the way.

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Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Her books have been finalists for the Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more, and are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. She is one of the co-hosts of Escape Pod and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She likes re-reading books and eating pie for breakfast (preferably at the same time.)


Have you had a chance to read SERIOUSLY HEXED yet? Procrastinating on the 1st draft is my nemesis, too. What hateful chore will you find yourself diving into instead of writing? On the flip side, what favorite things do you love to add to your WIP?

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Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Erin, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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