Magical Chocolate Cake
Warning: May induce feelings of intense lust and even love, especially when baked by a witch and served fresh.
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Goodreads: Audrey's Guides Jody Gehrman
Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:
So far I've published seven novels. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is my most recent Young Adult book. My other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin's Dial Books). Babe in Boyland has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel, which I'm super excited about.
2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Like most writers, I can get pretty obsessive. I have to discipline myself to step away from my computer and live in "the real world" so I don't just keep checking my Amazon page every three seconds. It's nerve-wracking, waiting for reviews to come in, but it's also exciting.
3. What inspired you to write this novel?
Well, I've always been fascinated with witchcraft. I even dabbled in it a bit in my youth. I started writing this about seven years ago as a book for adults, but I never felt like it was quite working. Then I realized it would work well as a YA novel, so I pulled out the old draft and gave it a radical makeover.
4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
I think, "Ouch!" Negative reviews hurt, and it's difficult not to get defensive. Really, though, if you're pleasing everyone, you must not be making very strong choices, right? Sometimes I look up my favourite authors on Goodreads or Amazon and check out all their negative reviews; that makes me feel like I'm in excellent company!
5. How long was the writing/planning process?
About seven years, with big breaks in between drafts.
6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
Actually, for the first time in my career I got to design and create the cover myself. My husband and I spent the day taking photos of our friend Roseanne, a gorgeous redhead who embodies my main character perfectly. Then we spent a week trying out various looks for the cover. My agent ran some of our ideas past other pros in the business. Luckily, it was unanimous: everyone felt the red dress/red smoke image was the most eye-catching, so we went with that. I loved the whole process. It gave me a lot more insight into what book designers must go through. I never could have done it without my artist husband though!
7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I've got outlines for the sequel to Audrey and have a few chapters written. The working title is AUDREY'S GUIDE TO SLAYING ZOMBIES AND BREAKING HEARTS.
8. Recommended books
I adore everything by Beth Fantaskey (such as JESSICA'S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE). I also really love Stacey Jay's work (especially YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME). Nina LaCour's THE DISENCHANTMENTS is haunting, sweet and beautiful.
9. Why read your novel?
Of course I'm biased, but I feel it offers an unusual cocktail of magic, danger, romance, and snarkieness. It's also got chocolate cake!
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