Brittany Geragotelis is living the dream. After 10 years of rejection from the publishing industry, she began to post her original novel, Life’s a Witch, on the online writing site, Wattpad, hoping that others would enjoy reading her book. A year after the first upload, the book had received 19 million reads, which caught the attention of Publisher’s Weekly, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
After building up some buzz in the industry, she hooked up with her agents who instantly received interest from publishers and movie/tv producers. Within weeks, Life’s a Witch went into auction between four major publishing houses, and in the end Brittany landed a 3-book deal with publishing powerhouse, Simon & Schuster.
When she’s not writing, Brittany is obsessing over celebrities, TV shows, movies, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, gluten-free food and, of course, books! Brittany lives in NYC with her boyfriend and her two cats, Murray and Cohen.
Favorite television show?
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with “Veronica Mars” as a close second.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Cats or Dogs?
Both? But cats more so.
Disneyland or Disney World
Favorite TV show as a kid?
“Are You Afraid of the Dark”
Best movie you’ve watched recently?
“Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Favorite book series of all time?
“Size 12 Isn’t Fat by Meg Cabot”
Favorite book to movie adaptation?
Can you tell us about your newest book, Kiss and Sell, in 15 words or less?
A high school freshman decides to sell her first kiss on eBay.
What was your favorite scene to write?
The one where Arielle gets back at the guy who spreads false rumors about her. I like that she stands up for herself and her reputation.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
I didn’t actually have to edit out anything I wanted kept in there. But the hardest scene to write for me was—and always is—the very beginning of the book. It’s where you’re setting up the whole world and giving readers the background of your characters and everything. You’re not getting to the “meat” of the story yet, so it’s tough. And, you’re very aware of how far you are from being done.
What is your favorite quote from Kiss and Sell?
This doesn’t really have anything to do with the book, but my favorite lines are ones with sass. This line was said by McCartney when she was standing up to a bully in Arielle’s defense. “If you had a penny for every kiss you gave, you’d be able to afford better highlights.”
What genre is Kiss and Sell?
Well, since it’s a girl in high school, I’d say YA, but it’s a “falling in love story,” fun and light, and totally appropriate for your kid sister. I’d say it’s meant for 10 and up, but adults will enjoy its sweetness, too.
Did any music inspire you while writing Kiss and Sell?
Yes! There were a ton of “kissing” songs that I had in my head. The song “Kiss the Girl” from the movie, The Little Mermaid. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, just to name a few.
I would have Bella Thorne (from Disney’s “Shake it Up”) play Arielle, Tyler Blackburn (from “Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenwood”) play Cade, and Cody Linley (from “Hannah Montana”, “Dancing With the Stars” and “Melissa & Joey”) would play Ryder.
Are you currently working on anything else?
Well, my next book in the LIFE’S A WITCH series comes out in January. But besides that, I’m doing the research and about to outline my next book, which is about a serial killer! It’s going to be intense, and based loosely on a true story…
Is KISS & SELL a standalone or a series?
It’s a stand-alone. At least, as of right now, I don’t have any ideas for future books. Although, never say never.
You also have written the LIFE’S A WITCH series. What can you tell us about that series?
LIFE’S A WITCH was the book that ultimately gave me my first big break. It’s loosely based on the Salem Witch Trials, but set in modern day, with a really kick- ass heroine who’s fashionable, funny and a total femme fatale!
Basically, the premise is that Hadley Bishop is a direct descendent of Bridget Bishop, the first person hanged in the Salem Witch Trials. And she also happens to be the most powerful witch in the world, though she doesn’t really know it. The action begins when the same person who orchestrated the trials and was the cause of Bridget’s untimely death, comes back to finish the job of wiping out Hadley and her coven. It’s like “Buffy” meets “Bring It On” meets “Charmed.”
I love witches. LOVE THEM! Can readers expect a bunch of paranormal goodness?
Oh yes, for sure! I loved writing the LAW series, because there’s so much freedom in paranormal or fantasy. You’re not confined to the “real world” and you can explore a lot more fantastical stuff. If you love paranormal, you will LOVE LAW!
Is that series over or will you be continuing it?
Right now I’m only contracted through my publisher to write three books in the LAW series, but let me assure you, Hadley’s story isn’t over yet. I will be writing more books in the series, even if I end up pubbing them myself.
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
I really enjoyed Andrew Smith’s “Winger” and Michael Grant’s “Gone.”
What is currently in your TBR pile?
Sooooo many good books!!!! “Criminal” by Terra Elan McVoy. “Flesh & Bone” by Jonathan Mayberry. “Killer Instinct” by TK. “Hourglass by Myra McEntire. “The Bride Wore Size 12” by Meg Cabot. “Spelling it Like it Is” by Tori Spelling….I could go on and on and on….my TBR pile NEVER goes down!