Magic of Solstice – Rebecca Jaycox

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Today on Paws4Thought we welcome fantasy author, Rebecca Jaycox. Rebecca recently released her debut novel, The Other Inheritance, with Rocking Horse Publishing. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rebecca.

I grew up in a small town—Berryman—in Missouri, but I now live in New York City. Before moving to New York, I lived in France for a year where I taught English at a French high school.

I officially have wanderlust and travel as often as I can, visiting places like France, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Traveling has given me greater perspective on different kinds of people and culture and has also inspired my writing. If I won the lottery tomorrow, all I would do is travel, write, and eat fabulous food.

I work at the 92nd Street Y, which is one of New York’s premier cultural institutions. I’m the creator and curator of the YA Lit program. Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to meet Veronica Roth, James Dashner (total sweetie!), Susan Ee, Melissa de la Cruz, Chuck Wendig, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and many more! It’s a fun job.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing at a young age; I want to say around 10 years old. My grandmother had all these ancient typewriters that I used to bang out stories on.  As an only child growing up in a rural community, I used my imagination as a way to escape into faraway lands. The Mark Twain National Forest was my backyard; a place where green acorns become emeralds and my cats were generals fighting against dragons.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have a long list, and some authors I find belong more in the inspirational category than favorite: Ilona Andrews (writes one of the best UF series ever), Colleen McCullough (Yes, I loved the Thorn Birds!), J.K. Rowling, Patricia Briggs, Maggie Stiefvater (she’s brilliant), Anne Bishop, Laini Taylor, Neil Gaiman(writing god), Robin McKinley, Susan Ee, Kate Elliot, George RR Martin (that man plays a long game), Meljean Brooks (her steampunk world building is insane!) and Jacqueline Carey. I know I’m missing people!

What inspires you to write? 

Traveling inspires me to write, of course, providing me with great world building ideas, but I also get inspired just by observing the conversations that are happening around me. My NYC subway rides in the morning have given me great character ideas.

Tell us a little bit about The Other Inheritance.

The Other Inheritance is about Reggie, a seventeen-year-old girl who discovers quite shockingly that she can bring dead things back to life. She has a rough home life; her mother is an alcoholic and her father disappeared when she was young. He took a hike in the woods and never came back.  Reggie discovers that her father was from an alternative reality known as the Other and that she’s inherited his magical powers. The bad guy who killed her father is after her, and she has to travel to the Other to find one of her father’s friends who has promised to protect her. Mayhem, danger, romance, and betrayal ensue.

What attracts you to writing YA?

The YA genre has become a wonderful creative playground. Some of the best fantasy is being written in YA. Being a teenager on the cusp of adulthood and trying to find yourself is a universal human experience we can all relate to. Well, most of us are trying to find ourselves well into our twenties, but I digress. At 17, you really are starting to make independent choices about your future, and that makes a fertile writing ground.

What are you currently working on?

I’m slowly writing the sequel to The Other Inheritance. I’ve also written a bit on an adult UF that features a dragon that I’m having a lot of fun with (a certain Russian witch will make an appearance), and a few chapters of a YA/NA steampunk novel.

What do you like to do to relax?

Watch the Walking Dead! Weird way to relax, but I like it. I also read all of the time! The more I read, the better I write. And I love reading. I’m a gym addict. My life is so stressful that going to the gym keeps me sane.

If you could have any superpower what would choose?

The ability to control time like Hermione had with the Time-Turner. I would be able to write as much as I wanted and have a full-time job without the stress!

How can readers connect with you?

Readers can connect with me through my author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaLJaycox.

They can also follow me on Twitter, my handle is @rebeccajaycox, and my website is www.rebeccajaycox.com.

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Introducing Rebecca Jaycox

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Today on Paws4Thought we welcome fantasy author, Rebecca Jaycox. Rebecca just released her debut novel, The Other Inheritance, with Rocking Horse Publishing. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rebecca.

I grew up in a small town—Berryman—in Missouri, but I now live in New York City. Before moving to New York, I lived in France for a year where I taught English at a French high school.

I officially have wanderlust and travel as often as I can, visiting places like France, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Traveling has given me greater perspective on different kinds of people and culture and has also inspired my writing. If I won the lottery tomorrow, all I would do is travel, write, and eat fabulous food.

I work at the 92nd Street Y, which is one of New York’s premier cultural institutions. I’m the creator and curator of the YA Lit program. Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to meet Veronica Roth, James Dashner (total sweetie!), Susan Ee, Melissa de la Cruz, Chuck Wendig, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and many more! It’s a fun job.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing at a young age; I want to say around 10 years old. My grandmother had all these ancient typewriters that I used to bang out stories on.  As an only child growing up in a rural community, I used my imagination as a way to escape into faraway lands. The Mark Twain National Forest was my backyard; a place where green acorns become emeralds and my cats were generals fighting against dragons.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have a long list, and some authors I find belong more in the inspirational category than favorite: Ilona Andrews (writes one of the best UF series ever), Colleen McCullough (Yes, I loved the Thorn Birds!), J.K. Rowling, Patricia Briggs, Maggie Stiefvater (she’s brilliant), Anne Bishop, Laini Taylor, Neil Gaiman(writing god), Robin McKinley, Susan Ee, Kate Elliot, George RR Martin (that man plays a long game), Meljean Brooks (her steampunk world building is insane!) and Jacqueline Carey. I know I’m missing people!

What inspires you to write? 

Traveling inspires me to write, of course, providing me with great world building ideas, but I also get inspired just by observing the conversations that are happening around me. My NYC subway rides in the morning have given me great character ideas.

Tell us a little bit about The Other Inheritance.

The Other Inheritance is about Reggie, a seventeen-year-old girl who discovers quite shockingly that she can bring dead things back to life. She has a rough home life; her mother is an alcoholic and her father disappeared when she was young. He took a hike in the woods and never came back.  Reggie discovers that her father was from an alternative reality known as the Other and that she’s inherited his magical powers. The bad guy who killed her father is after her, and she has to travel to the Other to find one of her father’s friends who has promised to protect her. Mayhem, danger, romance, and betrayal ensue.

What attracts you to writing YA?

The YA genre has become a wonderful creative playground. Some of the best fantasy is being written in YA. Being a teenager on the cusp of adulthood and trying to find yourself is a universal human experience we can all relate to. Well, most of us are trying to find ourselves well into our twenties, but I digress. At 17, you really are starting to make independent choices about your future, and that makes a fertile writing ground.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently imagining and outlining the sequel to The Other Inheritance. I’ve written a bit on an adult UF that features a dragon that I’m having a lot of fun with (a certain Russian witch will make an appearance), and I’ve also written a few chapters of a YA/NA steampunk novel.

What do you like to do to relax?

Watch the Walking Dead! Weird way to relax, but I like it. I also read all of the time! The more I read, the better I write. And I love reading. I’m a gym addict. My life is so stressful that going to the gym keeps me sane.

If you could have any superpower what would choose?

The ability to control time like Hermione had with the Time-Turner. I would be able to write as much as I wanted and have a full-time job without the stress!

How can readers connect with you?

Readers can connect with me through my author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaLJaycox.

They can also follow me on Twitter, my handle is @rebeccajaycox, and my website is www.rebeccajaycox.com.

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Get to Know Margo Dill

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Today on Paws4Thought I welcome Margo Dill. Margo’s new book Caught Between Two Curses will be released later this month by Rocking Horse Publishing. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Margo.

I am a writer  (I know you are surprised about that!), freelance editor, and former elementary school teacher, living in St. Louis, Missouri, with my husband, daughter (who is 3) and stepson (who is 13). I have a dog named Chester who is our third child, and I am also very close to my parents. I detest winter, so this one has been terrible for me, and I am anxiously awaiting spring and baseball season! (Me too, DMK) I love to be outside with my family, going for walks, riding bikes, reading, swimming, and relaxing!

When did you first start writing?

Like many writers, I have very early memories of creating little books at home with a stapler and paper and some absolutely horrible illustrations (which wouldn’t look much different if I did them today). I started seriously writing, as in trying to pursue a career, in 2000.

Who are your favorite authors?

I am a HUGE fan of J. K. Rowling/Harry Potter and Suzanne Collins, both The Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander. I also love Philip Gulley, who wrote a series of books set in Harmony, Indiana, and Alexander McCall Smith—the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency books.  As for local authors or those I know. . . I have recently really enjoyed Brian Katcher’s YA books and Jadie Jones, too.

What inspires you to write?

I’m not sure if anything really inspires me. I write because I have to. I have always loved to read and to be creative, and writing is a good fit. It is also very challenging, and I thrive on challenges.

Tell us about Caught Between Two Curses.

I am so excited about this book! It’s a YA light paranormal about 17-year-old Julie Nigelson who is literally caught between two curses that are affecting her family. One is a curse I created—brought on her family by a scorned lover. The other is the Chicago Cubs Billy Goat Curse, and the two curses are connected somehow. In order to save her uncle who has fallen into a coma because of the curses, Julie has to figure out how to break them both, and this involves having to attend Cubs games, which she hates! In the meantime, she is a senior in high school, and her boyfriend is pressuring her to sleep with him, and she keeps thinking about her best friend, Matt, in an inappropriate way. So, the book’s got a little magic, a little romance, some sports, and a lot of humor.

How much research did you do for your story?

Not too much—I knew a lot about baseball and the Cubs because my dad is a huge baseball fan. I looked up a few details about the Cubs curse just to make sure I had them right. I also used to live in Champaign, IL, and we went to Chicago a lot, which is where the book is set.

I know you do a lot of school visits. What’s the one piece of advice you would give a young person who wanted to write?

Never let someone tell you that your work isn’t good enough. Don’t worry about the capital letters and periods and spelling—the most important thing is the content and organization. The conventions can always be fixed!

What are you currently working on?

I am writing a YA novel about a community shooting, and I am trying to find an agent. I have a middle-grade novel that I have finished and was hoping to snag an agent with. I would also like to write another book about a curse and create a series, so I’ve been researching some curses.

Are you planning any release events?

Yes! I hope to have a book launch party on March 21 at Fuzzy’s Tacos in Webster Groves, MO, but we are still working on the details. I will also be at the Missouri Writers Guild Conference and the Missouri State Library Association Conference in April. Finally, I hope to have an online party because I have a lot of friends who live out of state, and I want to celebrate with them!

How can readers connect with you?

I have a website that is under construction—but enough of it is up to find me! It is http://margodill.com/blog/  I am also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, which you can get to from my website. If you want to email me, please do. My email is margo (at) margodill.com.

Find out more about Caught Between Curses and Margo Dill on the RHP Kids website.

Order Caught Between Two Curses today from Rocking Horse Publishing.