Interview with author Roxanne Rhoads
Please share a little about yourself.
I am a wife, mother of three (ages 6, 13 and 20), author, book publicist and owner of Bewitching Book Tours. When I’m not working I like to craft, garden and hunt for unique vintage items and antiques.
My guilty pleasures include lots and lots of books that are pure escapism, television shows that offer the same escapism (The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Teen Wolf, Grimm…just to name a few) and dark chocolate.
Please tell us about your newest release.
In Hex and the Single Witch most humans think that vampires, were-creatures and all types of Others are just movie magic and works of fiction because after a the Hysteria of the late twentieth century that almost eradicated entire species of Others, a mass worldwide spelling was cast that made humans once again lose their memories that Other folk exist. And the spelling was so successful that Others can walk openly among the humans and never be suspected of being Other.
The only people that see Others realistically are those who have the faintest drop of Other in their blood and those who are so strong willed the spelling didn’t take, and of course children who were born after the spelling took place.
The problem with this scenario is that not all Others are harmless, there are those thrive on danger, fear, and despair and revel in destruction.
So to keep the Others in line and keep supernatural crime to a minimum the Preternatural Investigation Team (dubbed the PIT Crew) was created as a special task force for the Flint Police Department.
Recruits for the PIT Crew are either Others or humans that know Others exist.
Detective Anwyn Rose is an Other, a witch to be precise but her magic hasn’t ever been too flashy, however she has the ability to “know” things. Either by touch or just a direct line into someone’s mind, Anwyn is very useful at a crime scene. She can see what happened just by touching the victim or an object at the scene.
Her partner, Detective Mike Malone is human, and not too friendly with the “monsters”. However he has a thing for Anwyn even if technically she could be labeled as one of the “monsters”, but Anwyn has a thing for a vampire, Galen. To Malone a vampire is the worst of all monsters especially when Anwyn’s love interest turns out to be the prime suspect in a string of killings they are investigated.
The whole situation leads to heated arguments, steamy encounters, a lot of misfiring magic- and a hot love triangle.
How do you find the time to write and run Bewitching Book Tours?
Uhmm….lots and lots of coffee…and the help of my amazing assistant 😉 Oh and an understanding family that sometimes manages to cook and clean up after themselves.
How did you pick the title for your new series?
I have a notebook I jot down all my miscellaneous book related ideas in. I have a couple pages of nothing but possible book titles that match stories I’m working on and story ideas I have (also in the notebook). Since this is a series I tried to match up similar titles (like this series will all have Hex in the title, at least that’s the currrent plan J) After changing and discarding several possible titles and I decided on Hex and the Single Witch because it worked with the story and genre.
Tell us about the cover design for the book.
Dawne Dominique totally rocks cover designs. I gave her my idea and sent her some images of the Vehicle City arches in downtown Flint. She used to those to create my series logo for Vehicle City Vampires. Then I sent her a series of images of downtown Flint. The one she liked best is from a local area photographer (David C Lucas) and features the bricks of Saginaw Street- which are mentioned in the book several time.
Then we added the couple. The woman is Anwyn, long flowing red hair and all. The guy…he could be either man featured in the book. I’ll let the reader’s decide.
Dawne was very patient with me (she always is) and tweaked the cover images and layout until it was absolutely perfect.
What inspires you?
Everything. Images, art, people watching…driving around story ideas sometimes pop into my head.
Sometimes character appear and just start speaking to me -in my head- I don’t actually see them though if I wasn’t a writer hearing voices would be enough crazy to put me on some serious meds.
What is the one thing you cannot do without?
Coffee. Without caffeine I am sure I would die. Seriously. I would.
Prize Pack 1: A Fang-tastic Tote Bag, glow in the dark gloves, a Bewitching Charm bracelet (made by BookSwag Shop), , Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize Pack 2: Bewitching Charm bookmark (made by BookSwag Shop), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize Pack 3: Bewitching necklace (made by paragraphic), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only
Prize 4: $10 Amazon Gift Card delivered digitally. Open internationally
Prize 5 (with 5 winners): 5 ecopies of Hex and the Single Witch. Open internationally
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team (aka the P.I.T. Crew)
It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.
The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.
Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone.
Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.
Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.