Please welcome Tina Connolly back to the blog! Here new YA novel, Seriously Wicked, just came out this month, and she kindly answered a few of my questions about it!
Congrats on the new book! Will you tell us a little about Camellia and Seriously Wicked?
Thank you! Seriously Wicked is a lighthearted story about a high school girl named Camellia who’s stuck living with a wicked witch. Things get complicated when the witch’s latest taking-over-the-world plan goes awry, and the demon she summons ends up in the cute new boy-band boy from school.
Why do you think readers will root for Camellia?
I like Cam because she’s kind and stubborn and always trying to do the right thing. A lifetime of doing the witch’s crazy chores like mucking out the dragon’s garage and procuring unicorn hairs means that she’s pretty self-confident and self-reliant. She may be in a bit over her head, but she’s going to try to stop the witch anyway. I also like that she owns up to her mistakes with her friends and tries to do better.
What supporting characters did you enjoy writing the most?
Oh, my favorite supporting character is definitely sweet nerdy 4-H boy Kelvin. I love him to pieces, especially his Halloween costume. Wicked witch Sarmine is also a lot of fun to write (but of course she’s one of the antagonists!) I also love Cam’s best friend Jenah, who is super self-confident and knows everybody.
I actually wrote this book before Ironskin! (And then rewrote it and rewrote it.) I’m a big fan of funny YA and MG books and when the idea of an ordinary girl who lives with a wicked witch jumped into my head, the whole thing just poured out.
It’s been a while since we caught up… Have you read any good books lately?
I just had a chance to catch up on my copies of Women Destroy SF and Women Destroy Fantasy. (Full disclosure: I have a flash piece in the first one and an excerpt from Silverblind in the second.) But seriously, these are amazing anthologies and I’ve been raving about them since I finished them a few weeks ago. I expect both of them to become classics. (I’m now looking forward to my kickstarter copies from supporting Queers Destroy SF and Queers Destroy Fantasy!)
What are you currently reading?
I have a hard time reading novels while I’m doing first drafts (and I’m currently working on Seriously #2) so that’s why the anthos. I have several novels in queue that I’m looking forward to – Beth Cato’s The Clockwork Crown, Patrick Swenson’s The Ultra Thin Man, and Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five. Oh, and a copy of my Clarion West classmate Ian McHugh’s sure-to-be-excellent collection, Angel Dust. Actually that one is obviously stories, so I guess I could read it sooner… *moves it up the pile*
What’s next for you, this year and beyond?
So I’m working on Seriously #2, immediately followed by Seriously #3. Also I recently wrote a requested Seriously story about a disastrous witch pool party, so hopefully we’ll see that later this year.
In less Serious news (the joke srsly never gets old) I have a novelette forthcoming at Analog that I co-wrote with Caroline M. Yoachim. Oh, and I’m putting together my first full-length collection! That will likely be Summer 2016 (can’t say too much more yet as we’re still finalizing the details.)
And of course, you’ll continue to hear me narrate stories on various podcasts (a particularly fun one that I was a part of is forthcoming shortly at Beneath Ceaseless Skies for a very special 150th episode.) Finally, here’s my con and tour schedule, and if you happen to run into me at any of these things please absolutely do come say hi: http://www.tinaconnolly.com/about/events
And I would say that’s it, only I know perfectly well that I’ve A) forgotten several things and B) will say “yes” to several more things, even though I should really get some more sleep.
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Kristin!
Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.
Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose–and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.
Suddenly Cam’s got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.
To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?