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Interview with Jody Gehrman, author of Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft

I want to thank Jodi Gehrman very much for accepting this interview! I found her book series quite interesting and hope that you will also like it! Check out the questions and answers below.
1. S: Hi Jodi! Thank you for accepting this interview! How about telling us some things about yourself?

Jodi: Well, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is my seventh novel, and it's my first attempt at anything paranormal. I hope my status as a paranormal newbie doesn't show too much! 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. I write a lot of plays as well, which keeps me busy in my community. I also teach English at a small college here in Mendocino County, which is where I live (in Northern California).

2. S: Tell the readers a few words about your book "Audrey's guide to Witchcraft"! I am sure they would like to know more!

Jodi: Audrey, a seventeen-year-old witch-in-training, must hone her newfound magical powers in order to save her mother from an evil necromancer.

3. S: How did the idea for your book series come to your mind?

Jodi: I wanted to explore what I knew about real witches but also create a world where their power could be even more breathtaking and effective. I'm fascinated with witchcraft. It's fair to say I'm a pagan at heart--always have been, since I was a child. There's a thrilling power running through the natural world, and the idea of tapping that is just so intriguing. Even just living in tune with the seasons and the cycles is a kind of magic, I think. As a teen living in Northern California, I was surrounded by new age types, some of whom practiced witchcraft. I even dabbled in spells and ceremonies some myself--just basic stuff--so it wasn't that foreign to me.

4. S: The cover of the book is really interesting! The fiery dress looks wonderful! Was this your first choice?

Jodi: My husband and I actually designed and photographed the cover. It's the first time I've ever had the freedom to do that, since often publishers just show you the cover and say something like, "Here it is! We hope you love it as much as we do!" I'm so glad you like it. We had a blast creating it.

5. S: Which authors do you consider to have inspired you all these years? Is there any particular author that you relate with?

Jodi: So many writers have influenced and inspired me through their work at different times in my life. Some of my favorites in the realm of “classics” include Nabokov, both of the Brontes (but especially Charlotte) and Jane Austen. Southern writers like Ellen Gilchrist and Beth Henley made a big impression on me as a young writer. When I found Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary, Nick Hornby's High Fidelity and Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series I became fascinated with British comic geniuses. I read a lot of YA these days and some of my favorite YA writers are Beth Fantaskey, Nina LaCour, Louise Rennison, Maggie Stiefvater and Stacey Jay.

6. S: Where do you use to write your works? Do you have a favourite place?

Jodi: My writing room. It's my favourite place in the world. I'll attach a picture. Believe it or not, it used to be a hair salon. My husband totally remodelled it for me.

7. S: What country would you like your books to be popular in?

Jodi: Romania, of course!

8. S: What do you think about Romania, the country i live in? Would you like to visit it one day?

Jodi: Yes, definitely! I find Romania very intriguing.

9. As an ending, you can say anything that comes to your mind to those who are reading! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!

Jodi: Thanks for the interview! It's been a pleasure. I love to hear from readers. Below are a few places you can find me online.

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