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Author + Character Interview: Scott Tracey and Jade Lansing + Giveaway

As mentioned last week, the interview I conducted with the very awesome Scott Tracey was just too long for one post. And so I had to break it up into two posts. Well, here’s part two, along with an interview with the always awesome Jade Lansing. Also, for those who didn’t win or who didn’t get a chance to enter last week, there’s another giveaway with one more chance.

If you haven’t yet taken a peek at the first part of the interview, in which Mr. Tracey summarizes his series, talks of Braden’s abilities, talks of the feud between the Lansings and the Thorpes and laughs evilly at happy endings, be sure to check it out HERE.

So as not to ramble quite as much as I did last time, I’ll stop now and get right to the interviews. But if you want to know more about this author who seriously rocks and his amazing books, either check out last week’s post, or scroll down to the bottom of this one.

Oh and before I forget…. Happy Book Birthday to DEMON EYES! Today is its official release and I’m so totally stoked!.

Anyway…

Q. You’re writing another series entitled Legacy of Moonset, which, according to the description is also about witches. Can you tell us a little more about that series?

Sure.  I think that when it comes down to it, the Witch Eyes series is about identity.  With Moonset, I wanted to do something that had a bigger world view, and was also more about family.  So while it’s another series with magic, I basically reconstructed the world from the ground up.

Witches in Moonset are split between those in Covens (bound together by magics that no one really understands) and those who work alone (Solitary).  Magic is steeped in bureacracy – witches govern themselves and have their own political structure (secret to the rest of the world of course).  Twenty years ago, a coven named Moonset rebelled against the rest of the world, and started a magical war.  They basically wrote the book on using magic for terrorist activities, killed thousands, destroyed priceless magical texts, etc.  But after they were stopped, the other side found a nursery full of babies – the children of Moonset.

Fast forward seventeen years.  The Moonset kids are all bound together into a Coven, and tied together with magics that even the best witches in the world can’t seem to understand.  They can’t be separated, and they’ve been raised as their own little family unit.  And just like every other family, they’ve got lots of clashing personalities.  After they’re expelled from their latest school, the five Moonset kids are relocated to the town where their parents’ crimes began, and where a new rogue warlock is resurrecting the black magicks that Moonset had perfected.  They quickly realize they’ve been brought to this town as bait and they can either catch the warlock themselves, or become his next victims.

[Fiktshun: I absolutely love that this has a larger world, larger cast of main characters and has the bond of a Coven. The idea that they’re bound together because of something their family did in the past is such an amazing idea. And, of course, the thought that they serve as bait and will have to choose whether to just lie down and let things happen to them or fight back is the kind of storyline that I very much love. I can’t wait until this book releases next April!]

Q. How do you balance writing, work and being social on the blogosphere and in real life?

The honest answer is that I don’t.  It’s very hard to do all of these things, and to do them successfully.  It’s hard to do any one of them on their own successfully.  I struggle almost every day with trying to maintain some sort of balance, and usually I still end up dropping a ball or two along the way.  When I’m drafting, my social life drops to almost zero – I refuse to go out and do anything.  I basically didn’t see any of the summer movies I wanted to go out to see because I was desperately trying to finish PHANTOM EYES, for example.

Twitter and stuff is easier, because that’s just fragments of your day.  I can tweet a few times and feel like I’ve accomplished at least a little something.  But it’s all about priorities, and my priorities shift all the time.

[Fiktshun: And here I thought you’d have a magical answer. You are Scott Tracey after all and it seems you can do just about anything. But it’s nice to hear that it’s just as complicated trying to find balance between work and being social for you too. But I am glad to know that your priority was PHANTOM EYES and that you did get that finished in time so that the release date won’t get pushed back. It won’t, will it?]

Q. You have a roommate that is a writer. Do you find it helpful to always have another writer around to bounce ideas off of, or is it more of a challenge?

It can be helpful, because you have someone who goes through the same things that you do.  It can also be counterproductive, because you have someone going through the same things you do. Sometimes you need that counterpoint, someone to say ‘maybe it’s not so bad.’  But when you’re both in the same boat, you end up commiserating instead.

But it’s nice to have another set of eyes when something isn’t working, and someone to bounce ideas off of.  And even someone who willingly tries to choke you so that you can better describe what it’s like in your book.

[Fiktshun: Haha! Love this answer. Though it is sometimes nice to have someone to commiserate, I agree that it can be counterproductive. And based upon what I’ve heard from a certain roommate on a BlogTV show I am so not surprised about the choking. :)]

Q. What (so far) has been your favorite moment as a writer? Was it the day you completed your first novel? The day you queried it and were signed by a lit agent? The day your lit agent first sold it? The day you first saw it in stores? Or was it something else?

I think my favorite moment as a writer is actually the one I wasn’t expecting.  I was lucky enough to do a signing of WITCH EYES at BEA in 2011, about four months before the book actually came out.  I’d spent a lot of time dreaming about finishing the novel, finding an agent, selling the book.  But what I’d never thought to expect was a huge line of people who were waiting to get a copy – a line so long that we ran out of books early on in the signing! It was terrifying and humbling and so completely unexpected.

[Fiktshun: Oh that does sound awesome! Though, as one of the people who would have killed to be in that line, and sobbing when you ran out of books, I am not surprised at all that the line was so long and that so many people were looking forward to reading your first published novel. I still envy those who have a personally signed copy of your first book.]

Well, thank you so, so much, Scott, for answering every single one of my many, many questions. I know you have to be super busy with PHANTOM EYES and perhaps one or two other projects, so I’m eternally grateful you stopped by the blog for an interview.

And thank you so much for allowing me to ask Jade a few questions, too. She is, after all, one of my favorite characters in your series. Hmm, maybe she deserves her own spin-off book or short novella. She is that awesome. I bet she has quite a few stories to tell….

Q. When Braden first arrived in town you and he made an almost instant connection. Even if he wasn’t looking for a friend, you were it. Is that how you are with everyone or was it just something about Braden that made you decide that he was to be your new friend?

Sometimes, you meet somebody, and everything just clicks into place.  That’s how it was with Braden.  I mean, the fact that he was new to Belle Dam and didn’t have a stake in being my friend certainly helped, but there was just something about him that I liked from the start.

[Fiktshun: Braden’s like that, isn’t he? I liked him right from the start, too. Even with his less  than stellar fashion sense. But I’m glad to hear you connected with him not just because he was new and interesting.]

Q. You clearly have a better fashion sense than Braden. What do you think he should be wearing? And how likely do you think It will be that he’ll agree to wear what you choose?

The problem with Braden is that he wears these generic clothes, and he’d be happy with a tee shirt underneath a plaid shirt, and some jeans.  He should wear more bold colors, less layers.  I think he might be allergic to clothes that actually fit.  And clearly some product in his hair.  It’s all about enhancing what you’ve already got, and he doesn’t do that.

How likely?  Not very.  I’d probably have to blackmail him.  Which, given his relationship with my brother, might not be as difficult as it seems…

[Fiktshun: I like the idea of blackmailing him. I think you should totally try it. You never know…. I was just hoping Braden’s easy, casual style was only because of the sunglasses – bright colors probably wouldn’t look the same through tinted lenses – but having gotten to know him just a bit better in DEMON EYES that hope was crushed.]

Q. Being Trey’s sister, you get the inside scoop, is what he feels for Braden the real deal? And just how many relationships has he had in the past? Or were they just flings?

It’s not really my place to say what my brother feels, or to talk about their relationship.  It’s no one’s business but theirs.  Gentry doesn’t date a lot, and things are already difficult enough with Braden that I’m certainly not going to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong.

[Fiktshun: You’re really too good a sister. Maybe I’ll have to corner Trey and ask him sometime. Though maybe when things settle down a bit. After what… oops, I almost slipped. My lips are now officially sealed.]

Q. You seem to be a little prickly toward Riley, especially when it comes to her friendship with Braden. Why is that exactly? And do you feel like you’re the better friend to Braden than she is?

I’ve said it before.  I think Riley tries for things outside of her reach.  She and I have our differences, and she’s made it clear whose side she’s on, and that it isn’t mine.  I don’t want Braden to be caught in the middle, but I don’t want her putting him in the middle, either.  I think it’s safer if he knows who his friends really are.

[Fiktshun: Well, I have no doubt in my mind that you’re one of Braden’s real friends. And it’s good to know that even with your differences with Riley, you aren’t forcing Braden to choose between you. But, I agree, Braden’s safety is important.]

Q. What’s it like to have a mother like Catherine Lansing? Do you think she’d be any different if there wasn’t this feud between her and Jason?

That’s like asking if my mother was a scorpion, would she have raised me any differently?  She lets the feud define her – she spends almost as much time anticipating what Jason will do on a daily basis than she does planning her own day.  Growing up was a crash course in how to be the perfect Lansing.  Catherine indoctrinated us young.  Family loyalty above all else.  I managed to rebel, at least.  But Gentry never did.

[Fiktshun: Ahh, but that’s exactly it, she lets the feud define her. If she hadn’t, I’m guessing things would be quite different. I’m glad you rebelled, but am very sorry that Gentry doesn’t have quite that same rebellious streak. I’m still hopeful for him, though.]

Q. If you had to choose sides between your mother and brother who would you choose? What about between friends and family?

I’d choose my brother every time.  My mother’s made it clear that the feud is the child she cares most about.  Gentry still thinks she’s doing what she thinks is best for us, and while I agree on that point, at least I acknowledge that it’s only what she thinks, not what is actually best.  I try to make him see how she is sometimes, but he doesn’t always get it.  He thinks I rebel just for the sake of rebelling.

If I had to choose between my family and my friends?  It depends on which family, and which friends.  I’ve got my brother’s back, regardless.  So if it came down to him and anyone else, I’d take his side.

[Fiktshun: You and Trey really do have a great bond. I can only imagine that he feels the same toward you. Even though he’s loyal to your mother, also. And shoot! I guess I should have asked you a quickie five question scenario involving choosing sides. Maybe next time?]

Q. What was the weirdest thing you ever saw happen in Belle Dam?

I saw my brother fall for someone he can’t have, hard enough that its made him start to question his loyalty.  If you had asked me a month ago what would have happened when we found out who Braden was, I would have expected Gentry to walk away and never look back, the way he did when Drew–

Anyway, it was something I couldn’t have seen coming.  Gentry’s always been the golden child. Until now.

[Fiktshun: When Drew…? When Drew…what? Oh Jade! You’re just as evil as Scott. Hmm, maybe I’ll have to invite you back and pepper you with questions all about Drew. Yes, yes, that’s what I’ll do! And as far as Trey and Braden, I’m glad that he chose his heart over loyalty. I hope he never regrets his choice….]

Q. Final question and don’t shoot me, but I have to ask, just what’s the deal between you and Drew?

*blank stare* I don’t know what you mean.  There IS no deal.

[Fiktshun: Hrmph… Grrr… I was so hoping for an answer that didn’t involve DENIAL!]

Well, Jade, thank you so much for answering all but one of my questions. I’m almost sorry I tried to sneak in a totally spoiler-y question, but not quite. I just had to try. I hope you aren’t too upset with me and will consider stopping by again. Perhaps around the PHANTOM EYES release? As I’m sure I’ll have about a billion and one questions for you then.

I wish you all the best in this next book of Scottt Tracey’s. He tends to be vicious to his characters, so I am hoping anything he does to you or the ones you love won’t be too devastating to recover from!

Anyway….

It was awesome to have you and Scott on the blog this week. You both are always welcome back. Anytime. And if you’d like to bring Drew along, I will not complain.

And just like last week, I’m offering up a set of WITCH EYES and DEMON EYES to one winner and a copy of DEMON EYES to two winners. All the details are below.

What’s up for grabs:

A set of WITCH EYES and DEMON EYES to one winner and a copy of DEMON EYES to two winners.

The deets:

1. One entry per household.

2. There will be ONE winner of the set of WITCH EYES and DEMON EYES and TWO winners of DEMON EYES.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends on Sunday, October 14th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on October 14th in this post and contacted by email.

7. Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

8. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

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And just in case you missed it the first time, here’s just a little bit…

About the Author

Scott Tracey lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school.

His career highlights include nearly being shot by the police after accidentally setting off a panic button, and sending the health department after his place of business. His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.

WITCH EYES is his debut novel.

Find him: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, TUMBLR, GOODREADS

About Witch Eyes

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden’s powers to unlock Belle Dam’s secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father–and Trey, the enigmatic guy he’s falling for, is Catherine’s son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.

Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK

***Spoiler-y for WITCH EYES***

About Demon Eyes

Demons don’t die without a fight…

After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.

While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.

Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK

About Homecoming

A fast-paced short story from the author of Witch Eyes.

When it comes to making friends, witch-in-training Braden is no rock star. But he gets more than he bargained for when one little charisma spell goes disastrously wrong at the social event of the season.

Includes free bonus chapters from Witch Eyes.

Compelled to learn about his shadowy past and the family he never knew, Braden is drawn to the city of Belle Dam, where he finds himself caught between two feuding witch dynasties.

Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK

Coming soon…

Phantom Eyes – expected publication 2013

Moonset – expected publication April 8, 2013

About Moonset

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.

When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future.

Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS 

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