Our special guest today is Laura Powell, the author of Burn Mark. This new Bloomsbury release features one of my favorite romance tropes – forbidden love! Let’s see what Laura has to say about her new book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Laura Powell] I’m half-Welsh, half-American, and live in a London attic. I can read fortunes in tea leaves and Tarot cards, and like to bake cakes and binge-sleep in between books.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for Burn Mark?
[Laura Powell] It struck me that a witches’ coven is quite like the Mafia: they’re both secret criminal organizations, hunted by the law, a source of fear and loathing to many, but seen as quite cool and glamorous by some.
Since modern-day witches would make great gangsters, I thought there would need to be a specialist police force to protect people from black magic – the Inquisition. Once I’d got these two opposing forces, I decided that my heroine, Glory, should come from a famous crime coven, while my hero, Lucas, should belong to an equally famous family of inquisitors. When their worlds collide, sparks fly!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Glory?
[Laura Powell] Stroppy, ambitious, brave
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Lucas would never have in his pocket?
[Laura Powell] Any kind of discount voucher, a lock-picking set, lint
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Laura Powell] The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. She’s probably my favourite contemporary novelist. Now that I’ve finished that, I’m on to her post-apocalyptic thriller, The Year of the Flood.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
You can learn more about Laura by visiting her website.
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