When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before – that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic.
Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers. Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.
FF: Let's start with a little bit about your back ground.
Michelle:I'm married, with dogs. Yes, one of them really IS a Beezlepup. Kidding. But, he is the inspiration for Devlin, the Beezlepup in the book. By day, I'm a freelance tech writer when the work is there, and a fiction writer when it's not. As a kid, my favorite past time was spending hours at the library or entire rainy afternoons reading. I guess I've always wanted to be surrounded by the written word.
FF:We love the fresh spin on the supernatural world! How did you come up with the idea for Book of Lost Souls?
Michelle: I've always loved stories about witches. Who wouldn't want to be magic? And, I've always loved humorous stories. There's just not enough of them, in my opinion. One day, this small town teen witch came to mind. All she wanted was a normal, verycontrollable life. Despite her best efforts, she discovers her life is as far from normal as it gets and at times, it's total chaos
FF: What can readers expect out of this story?
Michelle: I hope some good laughs, some palm-sweating, swoon-worthy romance, and loyal friendship. Oh, and a cast of eclectic, memorable characters along with some fast-paced action.
FF: What forms of research did you do for this novel? Anything unique?
Michelle: I did some research on Vlad the Impaler and Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Creepy.
FF: Can you tell us more about your current projects?
Michelle: I'm editing a darker, more emotional tale, set in a different world than Souls and writing a new book.
FF: Any teasers about what you’ll be publishing next?
Michelle: It's a heart-rendering, haunting tale of a girl who discovers death isn't at all what she thought it'd be. In places, I think it's a guaranteed tear jerker. In others, it's downright horror. And the ending is well, you'll have to wait until this summer to read it. Think a darker, more supernatural novel in the vein of The Lovely Bones.
FF: Any advice for aspiring author's on the publication process?
Michelle: Write. Always keep writing. Keep digging into your work and find areas where you need improvement. And always let your imagination run wild.
FF: Lastly I’d like to blast a few personal tidbits out to our readers
A must when you are writing...
Complete solitude and quiet. No music, no interruptions.
Book you are currently reading...
The Rite, by Matt Baglo. I meant to read the book before
I saw the movie,
but it didn't work out that way.
If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right. ~Henry Ford
Thank you for the opportunity to pick your brain Michelle. I thoroughly enjoyed Lost Souls and