Hello my favorite little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing great! I had the lovely chance to interview the author of this book. I have community college class again but then I am officially on break both in community college and high school. I am actually beta-reading a book for this lovely person so I may not have a review up for a couple days except for this one but I still hope you are all okay with that.
Anyways, why don’t we get ahead to the post????
Strutting his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug orange tuxedo as this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon feels so very right to Chance César, and yet he knows it should feel so very wrong.
As far back as he can remember, Chance has been “caught between genders.” (It’s quite a touchy subject; so don’t ask him about it.) However, he does not question his sexual orientation. Chance has no doubt about his gayness—he is very much out of the closet at his rural New Hampshire high school, where the other students avoid the kid they refer to as “girl-boy.”
But at the local Harvest Moon Festival, when Chance, the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper Donahue, the Pumpkin Carving King, sparks fly. So Chance sets out, with the help of his BFF, Emily, to make “Jazz” Donahue his man.
An article in an online women’s magazine, Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You (and a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure), becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.
Quirky, comical, definitely flamboyant, and with an inner core of poignancy, Love Spell celebrates the diversity of a gender-fluid teen.
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Hi! I’m Mia Kerick, the author of many YA novels, all featuring LGBTQ characters. Most of my stories are romances, like Love Spell, but my upcoming April 19th release called The Weekend Bucket List (see end of article for more info) is a work of general fiction. It reminds me a lot of Love Spell in its wild and crazy humor!
Today, I’m here with an interview about Love Spell.
What made you want to write this book?
I wanted to let myself go—I wanted to write without self-consciousness. In order to release myself from the rules for authors, I decided to create a character who refuses to follow any rules at all. The result is Chance César (pronounced… chances are) a very colorful junior in high school who refuses to do anything that other students, teachers, his employers, and his parents expect of him. Here’s an example of Chance bucking the rules:
“Be careful, Mrs. H,” I warn her beneath my breath. “Those spikes might look harmless, but they’re sharp enough to slice off your little finger.”
She offers me half of a crooked smile, for which I give her credit. I, Mrs. Higgins’ very own “boy with the bad attitude on cash register three”, have broken about every rule Beans and Greens has established for its hordes of Fiske High School summer workers, right down to the “no jewelry at work” clause. But a couple of points go to the lady cuz she manages to force out a grimace that could be mistaken for a smile… if your standard for smiles is on the low side.
Besides, I’m not about to remove my nose ring. It in no way impedes my ability to count, ring up, and bag cucumbers.
What word would sum up your book?
I can’t say just one word, so I will give you a few terms, straight from the story:
a total pie-stroll
How much research do you do for your books?
Like most authors, I deal with subjects that I have not fully lived. I am not LGBTQ—I’m not searching for the truth of my gender or sexuality—but I have been a teenager who felt lost, scared, alone. I have felt like an enigma to myself and everybody around me. And I am a compassionate person, which allows me to tune in to others’ feelings. Nonetheless, I must conduct thorough research on the life circumstances of the characters I create. I do this through reading direct interviews and watching real life videos of teens who are experiencing the types of challenges and emotions my characters are living. I conduct technical research, in terms of reading psychological and medical documents, to understand topics such as gender fluidity. I speak to people in the LGBTQ community. For Love Spell, my then nineteen-year-old daughter helped me with the unique, but real, style of language that was used in her community.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Anything to do with technology kills me. Yes, it rains on my parade.
Check out my short bio: Mia is a social liberal who cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital and gender equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
What is the easiest part of writing that you consider?
Allowing my creative right-brain to go WILD!! Using humor!! Check out this excerpt:
“Good thing I’m the kind of guy who chooses to focus on the positive. I can walk around the house in full female stripper garb, and nobody bats an eyelash. If I conjure up any reaction at all, it might be that my mother asks me where I bought my sexy stretch-lace naughty knickers, as she’s been looking for ones in that color. And speaking of color choices, neither Mom nor Dad said a single word when I showed up with my hair dyed the flamboyant shade of a Cheez Doodle. Not only do I have complete freedom with how I express my personal style, but when I go all drama-queen mode on their asses, my parents just look at each other and shrug. In fact, I try—and I try fucker-nelly hard—but I just can’t shock these people.
I can barely get them to notice me.
What is your favorite quote of your book?
To twerk or not to twerk, that is the question.
Stay tuned for The Weekend Bucket List 4/19/18
Interlude Press/ Duet Books