[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Kimberly! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Kimberly Frost] I’m an author who hails from the Midwest originally, but who moved south to outwit a series of wily snowstorms. Unfortunately, while I never have to scrape ice off my windshield in Texas, it turns out tropical storms and hurricanes are fairly fierce in the region.
I began writing as a kid and could never seem to quit. I should probably have outgrown my love of paranormal stories sometime around college, but it just never happened. Though I haven’t personally had any encounters with supernatural creatures, I suspect they are biding their time, waiting for the day I’m too old to be believed. This is why I’m always on the lookout. If any readers know of a good vampire café or werewolf-infested wood, I hope they will send me a message, preferably with a Google Map attached as I am hopeless at navigation without one.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Would-Be Witch?
[Kimberly Frost] I’d love to. Tammy Jo Trask is a small town girl from East Texas who has descended from a long line of witches. The family magic seems to have skipped over her until an heirloom locket is stolen. Now the soul of the family ghost (a 1920s flapper) is in jeopardy, and she has to turn to a gorgeous wizard for advice. Unfortunately, there’s a family prophecy that makes him off-limits. There’s a love triangle, an ocelot, and plenty of comedy and adventure as Tammy Jo’s spells go wrong throughout the story. In her defense, it’s not her fault that her magic malfunctions.
A blurb for the Southern Witch series:
In this “coming of age in the world of magic” story, urban fantasy meets humorous mystery in small-town Texas. Plucky pastry chef Tammy Jo Trask comes into her spell-casting powers unexpectedly, but malfunctioning magic makes her a reluctant heroine. As her adventures continue, she learns the secrets of her supernatural heritage and embraces her butt-kicking destiny. Gorgeous love interests and an ocelot sidekick add to the charm of this bestselling book series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Kimberly Frost] I’d been reading a lot of humorous mystery and dark urban fantasy and wondered what would happen if I merged the two. I always enjoy eccentric characters, so I thought I’d set it in a small town where there could be a lot of them. Tammy Jo answered the casting call in my head when I was searching for a heroine. She popped up fully-formed with an East Texas accent and can-do attitude.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Tammy Jo?
[Kimberly Frost] Funny, loyal, determined
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Bryn had a theme song, what would it be?
[Kimberly Frost] He’s Irish, and while he was growing up, he did his magical training in Dublin over the summers. Though he moved to Texas at thirteen and went to Yale for undergrad and law school, he’s still an Irish rebel at heart, especially when the World Association of Magic abuses its power. So for Bryn a possible theme song would be Saints & Sinners by The Young Dubliners.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Tammy Jo is never without.
[Kimberly Frost] Hope. No matter how ridiculously tough the obstacles, she soldiers on.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Bryn’s bathroom?
[Kimberly Frost] Hair putty, Formica counters, a live shark
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Kimberly Frost] The works of Joss Whedon, numerous comedic films and television shows, early books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, and early books in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Kimberly Frost] We get three? 😉 I actually only really need my brain. I was driving to work the other day and a scene occurred to me. I called and left myself a two-sentence voicemail capturing the gist of the scene so I’d remember it and could write it later. For posting big word counts, though, I find a laptop helps.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Kimberly Frost] The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Kimberly Frost] The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Kimberly Frost] I like to talk about books and movies over coffee or cocktails with friends. Also, I like to read, watch things on Netflix, travel, talk on the phone for hours, and occasionally bake ridiculously complicated cakes.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Kimberly Frost] Visit my website at http://frostfiction.com/
On my site, there’s a contact form to email me directly, a newsletter sign-up form, and my Facebook link.
Thank you so much for letting me visit Manga Maniac Café. I hope readers will comment to win free books and visit my website to download the free short story, “Magic Ingredient”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Southern Witch Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley (Penguin)
Date of Publication: Re-release September 3, 2013
Number of pages: 320
Back Cover Blurb:
In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that causes more trouble than gossip is magic.
The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.
After a few bad experiences with her magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers, but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons…
About the Southern Witch Series:
In this “coming of age in the world of magic” story, urban fantasy meets humorous mystery in small-town Texas. Plucky pastry chef Tammy Jo Trask comes into her spell-casting powers unexpectedly, and malfunctioning magic makes her a reluctant heroine. As her adventures continue, she learns the secrets of her supernatural heritage and embraces her butt-kicking destiny. Gorgeous love interests and an ocelot sidekick add to the charm of this bestselling book series.
About the Author:
Kimberly Frost is the national bestselling author of the humorous Southern Witch series, which currently includes Would-Be Witch, Barely Bewitched, and Halfway Hexed. After her first release, Kimberly won the 2010 PEARL Award for best new paranormal author. Her second series featured darker paranormal romantic suspense stories.
These "Etherlin" books launched in November 2011 with the novella, “First Light". It appeared in the multi-author Christmas anthology, Tied With a Bow, reaching the extended New York Times Bestseller List. The subsequent Etherlin novels included All That Bleeds, a featured Barnes & Noble “Must Read Romance”, and All That Falls, a Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence finalist.
Learn more about Kimberly and her books at: http://frostfiction.com/
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