Interview with Jody Gehrman

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Jody Gehrman is the author of Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft. I was lucky enough to be a part of her book tour over at Bewitching Book Tours. Find more information on Jody Gehrman on her website.

Worst driving experience? Riding with a drunk driver in Austin, Texas–a friend who didn’t know his limits. Got out and walked. Not something I care to repeat. Drunk drivers suck.

 Favorite Board Game? Pictionary.

 

Tell us about your upcoming book, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft

 It’s about a 17-year-old witch-in-training who must hone her newfound magical powers in order to save her mother from an evil necromancer. Oh, and it has magical chocolate cake plus cute boys!

 Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

 As a native of Northern California, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing many mystics and hippies, some of whom practiced witchcraft. When I was in my late teens and early twenties I dabbled with pagan ceremonies some myself–just basic stuff, nothing sinister. I wanted to mix what I know about real witches with a fictional world where their power is even more amazing. I also set it in my hometown; it was so fun to fill a sleepy little place like Healdsburg with supernatural elements.

 Did you ever experience writer’s block while working on Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft?

 I’ve worked on this book off and on for seven years. There were times when I just really needed to step away and let it gather dust. That’s generally how I work. I don’t know if it was writer’s block so much as needing to focus on other projects and let the story simmer inside me.

 If so, how did you work through that?

 Patience is really tough when it comes to the creative process, but I do think it’s necessary. I ended up completely rewriting this book a number of times–stripping it down to the basics and building it up again from scratch.

 How do you come up with the names for your characters?

 I have a baby name book a professor in graduate school assigned. At the time I thought that was totally stupid, but I’ve used it a lot over the years. I also use phone books and internet searches for last names. I can’t see the characters or their world until I know their names.

 One of your other books, Babe in Boyland, has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel. How are you feeling about this?

 Super excited! I’m trying to keep my focus on other projects, though, since I don’t have a lot of control over whether or not it gets made. It’s kind of in their hands. I do think it would be an incredible thrill, though, seeing my ideas translated into film.

 What are you currently working on?

 The sequel to Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft. I plan to make this my first trilogy.

 What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?

Jonathan Tropper’s new book, One More Thing Before I Go. I adore his work. He’s so funny and moving. I’ve also gotEntangled on my list by Nikki Jefford, and What Kills Me by Wynne Channing.

Buy the book: Amazon   Barnes and Noble   Itunes   Smashwords

Giveaway: Jody is offering one signed, print copy of Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft to one lucky individual in either the United States or Canada. One ebook is being offered internationally. You can find the giveaway here.

 

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