Her mom's a witch.
Her dad's a demon.
And she just wants to be ordinary.
I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost constant distraction. Not that I didn't welcome the distraction, to be honest. Anything to take my mind from what went on around me.
Being part of a demon raising is way less exciting than it sounds.
Sydlynn Hayle's life couldn't be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters--boyfriend of her cheer nemesis--shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn't make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother's constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd's between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn't want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family's magic.
If her family's distrust doesn't destroy her first.
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Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade, young adult and new adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with her very patient husband and five massive cats.
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Interview . . .
What inspired you to write Family Magic?
I hadn’t written a novel in years, had changed my focus to screenplays and making movies. But when my niece encouraged me to read Harry Potter, I realized the books I’d been writing had been in the wrong genre. I began to devour young adult fiction and, shortly after finishing the Harry Potter series, I decided to give writing novels one more chance. Literally that very night I woke at about in the morning with a girl’s voice in my head. She badgered me to get up and go to my office, to write down what she had to say: My mom’s a witch, my dad’s a demon and I want to be ordinary.
Sydlynn Hayle hasn’t really be quiet since.
What is your favorite part of writing?
I have to pick one? I love all of it, really. But I suppose if I had to choose, it would be outlining. I love coming up with the flow of the story, creating the bones I can then flesh out when I sit down to actually write the thing. I know outlining isn’t for everyone, but it excites me to know I have a solid plan to follow from book one all the way to the end of the series.
If you had to be a character in your own books, which character would you be?
Syd Hayle, hands down, no question. I love her spunk and quirkiness, her droll sarcasm and fearless impulsiveness. She’s the teen girl I always wanted to be. Plus, she has witch magic and is half demon. What’s not to love?
If you had to give “Family Magic” a theme song, what would the song be?
I know this is a little girl’s song, but it fits Syd’s personality so very well: The Princess Who Saved Herself, by Jonathan Coulton (embed code from Youtube: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/
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