Can you be Disenchanted after being enchanted?

Leigh A. Goff how has your family background affected your writing:

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In Disenchanted, Sophie’s quirky Aunt Janie is a witch with clairvoyant abilities–she can see the future in exotic tea leaves and special fortunetelling cards. Her talent was inspired by my mother’s clairvoyant gift. My first experience with her sixth sense was when I was five-years-old and she saw in my tea leaves that I would be receiving a pony for Christmas. Well, we lived in the suburbs near Philadelphia where there were no horses, but lo and behold, a few days before Christmas my kindergarten teacher gave me a hand-painted pony tree ornament. So, I would say paranormal/magic has always been a part of my life and I definitely incorporate that in my writing.
What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?
My two sons were entering middle school and I had some extra time to devote to something of my own. However, for me getting published required more than free time. I mentally locked in on the goal and maintained laser focus on it. I kept telling myself I could do it. I am a very single-focused girl with a  stubborn nature and the combination helped me push through the numerous rejections and get the story right.
Please describe your writing process.
I am most creative in the morning. Sometimes I get these great ideas at five in the morning and I’ll type them in my iPhone before I forget, but most days the ideas and the writing happen after that first delicious cup of coffee and I’ll go until mid-afternoon when the real world beckons. Also, I am a plotser, which means I work from a detailed outline, but I allow my characters room to stray from the formula and they love to do that.
Where do you do your best work?
I work best in the worn, comfy spot on my sofa. My husband would love for me to work in our home office, but I’ve never been a desk person. I used to do my homework lying on my bed, so the sofa is a step up. Plus, my golden retriever likes to hang out there with me. Every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day. It’s the best office, ever!
Brief Plot Summary for Disenchanted:
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A forbidden love. A dark curse. An impossible choice…Descended from a powerful Wethersfield witch, sixteen-year-old Sophie Goodchild is struggling to hide her awkwardly emerging magic, but that’s the least of her worries. When a dangerous thief tries to steal her mysterious heirloom necklace, she is rescued by the one person she’s forbidden to fall for, Alexavier Mather, a descendant of the man who condemned her ancestor to hang. He carries a dark secret that could destroy them both unless Sophie learns how to tap into the mysterious power of her diamond bloodcharm. She will have to uncover dark secrets from both of their families’ wicked pasts and risk everything, including her soul to save them from a witch’s true love curse, but it will take much more than that.
Genre:
YA fantasy romance
What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?
My goal is still the same–to reach as many young readers as I can with stories that entertain, and hopefully, whisk them away for a few hours to a fantastic new place. I also like basing my stories on real events or people from America’s past, so there is a little bit of history in there, too. In Disenchanted, Sophie’s ancestor is a real person, Rebecca Greensmith, who was accused and hung for witchcraft. And Alexavier’s ancestor is Increase Mather who actually did condemn Rebecca to die in Wethersfield, Connecticut. This was the town of the first American witchcraft trials, not Salem.
How did you decided whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?
I always knew I wanted a publisher because there are so many aspects to finishing a book once the writing is done. I knew I needed people with different skill sets than I had like editing, cover art design, and promoting. I also like being a part of a team and knowing we are all working together to make the book shine and getting it out to everyone who wants to read it.
Disenchanted releases in print and e-book on June 1st and it has been a team effort with the wonderful and creative group at Mirror World Publishing.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
I don’t think I ever do!! I write and hope and pray someone connects to the story. I will say for me, my interest in history and putting a creative spin on it has worked.
Where can we find your books?
Amazon
Mirror World Publishing
Barnes & Noble
Author Website

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2 Responses to “Can you be Disenchanted after being enchanted?”

  1. Leigh Goff says:

    Hi Anna,

    I just loved the interview questions-lots of fun. Just want to thank you for hosting me on your amazing blog today as Disenchanted kicks off!

    Leigh

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