What if you lived in fear of yourself?
For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.
Afraid that she might heart Adam, Mage must learn to eithercontrol or deny herself. With Adam by her side she's more powerful than she's ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.
She is pursuing a Bachelor in English and hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.
As a stay-at-home mom and full-time student, Tabatha enjoys the freedom of spending a good bit of her days doing what she loves the most....writing.
Let's see her answers now....
1. As we always start on the interviews, try to desribe your book in one sentece.
Wicked Fate is a dangerous rollercoaster ride through a small, enchanted town full of love, magic, and destiny.
2. Why a story of witches? What is so fascinating for you that you decided to write about them?
When I was writing this book, I knew at some point someone would ask this question. I also knew that once I answered it, people would assume I was weird. I've decided I'm totally okay with that assumption.
Growing up, I was always doing "weird" things. Nothing as extreme as what is in my book, but still things I couldn't explain. For those of you who believe in spirits and paranormal things, I guess you could say I'm extremely sensitive to things of that nature. Let's put it this way, if your house is haunted and I walk in, I'm going to know it's haunted immediately. Bruce Willis and I would have been pals in the Sixth Sense. Anyway, my storyline is a combination of all of those "weird" things about me, and the overactive imagination of a fourteen-year-old girl. This story started when I was fourteen.
3. Did you do any research before starting writing?
I did not. I was actually sitting down to write my very first college paper. It was fall of 2008. I opened the document and instead of writing about Beowulf, I started writing about my main character. I couldn't stop and I finished it in early 2009.
4. You are a new author. Was it hard to write the book? What kept you stable to finish it and not give up? Did you have any support?
Coming up with storylines has always been easy for me. A lot of times, I come up with too many and it gets to be aggravating because I can't get them all done quick enough.
When I was writing Wicked Fate I joined Inkpop.com. It was a writing website hosted by HarperCollins. The title of my book at that time was Magic and the other writers on the site loved it. It made it to the top five two weeks after I posted it on there, which was awesome! They were so supportive and honestly, had they not begged for the next chapter, the book wouldn't have gotten finished.
5. How long did it take to finish it? Did you had "author's block" at some point and if so, what you did to get over it?
It took me about six months to write the book. Thankfully, I did not experience any form of author's block. This is book one of a trilogy and when I started it I knew exactly what would happen in all three books.
6. Are you reading or writing something else right now?
Right now, I'm doing little touch-ups on Wicked Fate and working on finishing the second book in the Wicked Trilogy. I'm also putting the finishing touches on a new adult novel that I wrote called On the Plus Side. It's a romance novel about a plus sized girl. You guys will love it.
7. Did you always wanted to be a writer or it just happened?
I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, I just knew I loved doing it. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, I just never really let people read my stuff. I'm thinking now is a good time to pull everything out for the world to see.
8. How important you find the communication between you and your readers? Do you reply to their messages or read their reviews?
Communication with my readers is very
important to me. I love getting messages about what they love or hate about my work. It's the only way to grow and be the best writer you can be. I always reply to their messages and I love reading the reviews. Although, an author friend of mine says reading reviews is the worst thing a writer could do. But I'm weak! It's so hard to not read them!
9. There are many people that want to be authors. What do you suggest them?
If you love to write, then write. And be patient! I have no patience, and it was hard for me to realize that things take time, especially things like writing a book or having it published. But if you want it bad enough, and you love it, then you'll do it.
10. Something special you want to share?
I would just like to say thank you to any and everyone who has been supportive of me and my work. This isn't something I just decided to do one day. Writing has been a massive part of my life and got me through a lot of rough times when I was younger. I didn't have the greatest childhood, so opening my notebook and leaving my world for an imaginary one was my way of coping. Because of that, when I put my writing out there, and you guys enjoy it, it does something to my soul. You guys could not comprehend the depth of my gratitude.
And the small ones:
-Your favourite books and author?
Picking a favourite book or author would be like picking out a favourite star for me. I have read so many books in my life there's no way I could choose just one. My favourite genre is historical romance. My hubby calls them my smutty books.
-Your favourite band/singer?
I love Christina Perry, but I listen to everything!
-Favourite place in the world?
If I could go anywhere in the world it would be Venice. But since I've never been to Venice, my favourite place is Disney World.
-Last movie you watched at the cinemas?
I took my daughter to see Hotel Transylvania. It was adorable.
-The last book you've read?
I'm currently working on The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen.
-Have you ever googled yourself?
Of course I have! Who hasn't?
-Writing, reading or hanging out with friends?
Reading. I love my friends, but I love peace and quiet, too.
-If you wouldn't be a writer, what you would be?
I used to have a thing with designing clothes. I think making clothes would be so fun!
-And last one....printed or ebooks?
Printed! There's nothing better than the smell of a good book
Thank you Tabatha Vargo for the Interview!!
Wicked Fate is due to be released at November 30th.
So, make sure you take a copy!!