FRACTURED MAGIC by Emily Bybee ***Interview with the Author -- Giveaway***
by Emily Bybee
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 31st 2018
Wild Rose Press
As the world’s worst witch, Maddie is mistreated by her own kind. She was born a Defect. Most of her spells blow up in her face, literally. While witches search for the long-lost power of the earth, Maddie spends her time in the science lab. There, she discovers a clue to the lost power. The only other witness is Jax, a smokin’ hot college bad-boy, who Maddie can’t decide if she wants to kiss or kill.
When she fails her magic final, the council orders her magic stripped. Maddie’s only chance to keep her brain intact is to find the power with the hope that it can fix her. Jax is her one true ally on the journey. The two of them must use their smarts to stay ahead of the witches while they follow a two-hundred-year-old trail to the power of the earth and the truth behind Maddie’s defect.
An Interview with
Welcome to Character Madness and Musings
Tell us a little bit about why you write in your chosen genre, and if you have books in other genres as well.
Thank you so much for having me! I’m always pulled in by a good love story. It really doesn’t matter the genre, I’ll finish a book if the relationship grabs me. So, in my own writing there always has to be that romance element and it will probably be a large part of the story. As for the paranormal, I love to think that there could still be magic in the world and so that comes into my stories. Plus world building is way fun.
I have written a romantic suspense, boy was it hard to stick to the rules of the real world! But that book is in revisions and has been put on hold to finish the second book in the Unstable Magic Series. Hopefully I will be able to get back to the romantic suspense in the spring of 2019.
What was the title of your first book, and what was/is it about?
The first book I wrote (Three drafts in notebooks- it is a big stack!) was actually a historical romance but that book is hidden deep under my bed. It was a learning experience and I had a lot to learn given that I was a science major and didn’t take many English classes.
The first book seems to be the most difficult to get off the ground. What inspired you to write it?
Fractured Magic was inspired by trying not to fall into the many pit-falls of cliché in young adult books. Maddie, the main character, does have parents, and a curfew and rules. She knows she’s a witch so hasn’t just discovered her powers, ect. It grew from there. The real inspiration for her defective powers wasn’t something that I realized until I was almost done with the book. I was sick of people I loved being bullied because there were different. I wanted to write a character that was different in seemingly a bad way, and show how amazing she really was.
What is your most current book?
Fractured Magic is my Debut book. Not the first I’ve written (actually the 5th) but is the first to be published.
Is it a series?
It is the first in a six book series titled the Unstable Magic Series.
New books are so exciting. Do you have more stories planned or that you’ve been working on for the future?
The next book in the series, Fatal Magic, will be out in 2019 with the rest to follow and hopefully I’ll find time to get the romantic suspense out as well.
Can you share a little bit about your main character’s, and what drives them?
Maddie, the main character, has been told her entire life that she’s a Defect, a cosmic joke on her parents. She has dealt with bullying and being an outcast from not only witches but is unable to fit in with ungifted as well. The one thing she’s good at is science, she knows she has a brain and wants to use it if the Council doesn’t turn her into a vegetable by stripping her powers.
She does have loving, if a bit overbearing, parents and a brother. They are close and she’d give up anything to protect them. She’s willing to marry someone she doesn’t love to keep them safe or even give up her life.
Maddie, like any good scientist, wants the truth. She wants to solve the mystery, and for her family’s sake, she wants to fix herself by finding the power.
Jax, Maddie’s love interest, lost his mom to illness when he was young. He was sent to live with a father who was too wrapped up in his new family to care. Jax is studying science, and more specifically genetics, to find a cure for the disease that took his mom from him. He keeps his distance in relationships and is solely focused on potential scientific advancements. Until he gets to know Maddie. The question is: can he open himself up to the possible pain of losing someone else he loves in order to be with Maddie.
Some stories have strong themes. How important are themes in your writing? Is your theme based on the story, or are your stories birthed from a theme/or themes?
My theme emerged as the story was being written. I didn’t realize at the time that the emotions in my life were pouring into the book. Although I think it’s fairly subtle (maybe not? It’s hard to know when you’re so close to the story!) The theme of being different but amazing is there, but overall the story is meant to be light and fun and a good escape from the real world.
If the answer was yes, is the theme personal for you, or simply an important issue?
Yes, the theme is personal. I have a very close person in my life who is different and has been bullied but is absolutely the funniest, sweetest, best-hearted and one of the smartest people I know that is gifted in so many ways.
What other stories have you written?
Fractured Magic is the first to be published!
So many Authors are artists by nature. Do you have any other artwork or hobbies you do on a consistent basis?
Every winter the yarn comes out! I knit and crochet. Scarfs, socks, slippers, hats, and my favorite- animal hats for babies! I love to think of new animals to try. This year my favorites are foxes and koalas. I also love to cook and bake and trying new recipes is something I very much enjoy. Lately testing out cakes and mousse recipes along with Christmas cookies has been fun.
What were your passions growing up?
Growing up I wanted to save animals. We had several litters of puppies and kittens and I absolutely loved taking care of them. I wanted to save all the animals on the planet and be a marine biologist. That was the reason behind my Environmental Biology major in college. Although I didn’t pursue that path after realizing I was terrified of deep water and an awful swimmer, my family fosters puppies to save one life at a time. Soon we’ll be fostering kittens as well! YAY!. If my daughter has her way we will soon have a farm…
What are your passions now?
You can ask my family not to get me started on environmental issues like plastic, GMO’s, pesticides, climate change, pollution, as well as a few more touchy subjects that we’ll leave out. These passions are more apparent in my romantic suspense project. I try to “vote with my dollar” and support organic, fair trade, and sustainable farming and well as keep as many chemicals away from my family as possible.
Thank you for joining us today. We’re looking forward to seeing the books you’ll be showcasing in the future.
About the AuthorEmily grew up loving to read and escape into stories. She began writing her own at the age of twelve. In college she focused on science and graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college she began writing again but quickly realized she had failed to take a single writing or grammar class. Luckily, she’s a quick learner. Emily now lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband, three amazing children, and way too many animals. She still enjoys making up stories and can’t seem to leave out the paranormal elements because they are just too much fun.