Please welcome Katie Schickel, author of Housewitch.
KATIE SCHICKEL graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English. A former newspaper reporter, Schickel's writing career and passion for scuba diving has taken her to Pensacola and Key West, FL, as well as throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. She has been a freelancer for several scuba magazines, including Scuba Times Magazine and Outside Magazine. Schickel lives in Massachusetts where she spends her time writing and with family. When she’s not doing that, Schickel also surfs the chilly waters of New England, even in the winter. HOUSEWITCH is her first novel.
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Would You Rather with Katie Schickel
Chips, chocolate or cheese?
Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?
Wine, beer or vodka?
Beer. Pabst Blue Ribbon, to be specific. (I’m a cheap date.)
Camping or spa vacation?
Camping all the way. Nothing is more appealing to me than being outside all day, and sitting around a campfire all night. Pedicures are a form of torture to me.
Water or mountains?
No contest. Water. The ocean. Any ocean will do.
Zombies or vampires?
I’m not a huge fan of the undead, but I’ll take a fresh twist on an old story any time.
Dogs or cats?
I’ve been a cat person all my life, but a sweet little rat terrier from the local shelter changed all that for me. Now, I’m officially a dog person.
Coke or Pepsi?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. By the gallon.
Dine out or take away?
Dine out. A busy writing schedule and the daily task of feeding a family have taken the novelty out of take away.
High heels, sneakers or flip flops?
Physical Book or ebook?
I’ve never actually read an ebook.
Paperback or Hardcover?
Pen or pencil?
Whatever is handy.
Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?
Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan is brilliant.
Drama or comedy?
Depends on my mood.
Twilight or Hunger Games?
Hunger Games! Talk about books that are impossible to put down.
Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?
Facebook or Twiter?
Facebook, I guess.
Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?
I’ve done both, and plotting ahead works better for me. Even with an outline, there’s always wiggle room. I let my characters spread their wings, and I’m often surprised by the paths they take.
Former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, Allison Darling desperately wants to fit in with the latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants wearing moms that run her charming seaside town, Monrovia. Constantlyfeeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children.
When Allison’s estranged mother passes away, her previously dormant special talents emerge. Soon she is reunited with the family that abandoned her and learns of their heartbreaking legacy.
At the same time, the Glamour Girls, a soap-selling company run by the most popular women in Monrovia, recruits Allison to join them. They have a monopoly on everything in town, from bake sales to businesses deals.But once you’re a Glamour Girl, there’s no going back.
Suddenly caught between the rag-tag, hippie relatives she once so desperately wanted and the rich, charismatic Glamour Girls—
Allison is unsure where she fits in. Could she come to trust the strange outcast family that abandoned her, or really hang with the most powerful, glamorous women in town?
For Allison, it’s like high school all over again, except this time, the mean girls have more than killer manicuresand the nobodies aren’t sulking in the band hall. They’re adults. They’ve got husbands, children, and livelihoods on the line. And they also happen to be witches.
Allison’s decision to lend her powerful magical talents to either group will change Monrovia—and Allison—forever.