Blog Tour: Interview with Lacey Weatherford

I am extremely happy to say that today we are hosting a stop on a blog tour for one of my all time favourite series. Of Witches and Warlocks, by Lacey Weatherford is super addictive but also so much more! I couldn't wait to ask Lacey some questions about herself and the first book in the series, The Trouble with Spells.  

Describe your book in 5 words.
True love meets magical mayhem.

With a host of paranormal topics available to write about, what made you decide to write about magic?I
Ive always loved the idea of magic for as long as I can remember. When I was initially inspired with the idea for The Trouble with Spells, it revolved specifically around the theme of witches so that took care of the magic for me. I knew that I loved paranormal too, and I while I happen to have a great affinity for vampire stories, I decided to steer away from that and go in a different direction, to avoid the current frenzy over them.

What kind of research did you need to do for The Trouble with Spells?
While I wanted this story to be its own thing, I also wanted it to have some sense of reality to it too. So even though the witches in my story dont practice true Wicca, I researched a lot about it to give it an authentic feel. I also researched many different kinds of religious beliefs and myths as I tried to build a world that would eventually encompass all forms of magic and religion, and then took author liberties to switch things up as needed.

The main male character in The Trouble with Spells, Vance, was inspired by Matt Lanter but do you think you will use this technique again for future projects?
It was actually a fluke that Matt inspired this character. The fates dumped his image into my head at the moment of creation and there he stayed! I didnt even know who he was at the time and had to research him! I dont think I would use this technique again though, because I like that Matt/Vance is special because of it. It wasnt something planned or contrived…it just happened, and to me thats the beauty of it all. Thats not to say an actors image doesnt come to mind when Im writing another story, which can be fun, but Vance was written, basing his movements, tone, gestures, and inflections on Matt. I was just really impressed with his acting style. Hes gifted.

Who would you like to see as the main cast if The Trouble with Spells got made into a movie/ TV adaptation?
I love this question because I can think of some great actors to fit the part.
Portia Mullins: Emma Roberts. Vance Mangum: Matt Lanter. Shelly Fontane: Taylor Swift. Brad Anderson: Zach Roerig. (Grandma) Milly: Diane Keaton. (Portia’s dad) Sean: Rob Estes. (Portias mom) Stacey: Selma Hayek. (Vances mom) Krista Mangum: Amy Brenneman. (Vances dad) Damien Cummings: Sean Bean.

Some authors do certain things while they write like listen to music etc. Do you have to do anything like this while you write?
I do! I have a giant playlist of significant songs that go well with the story line Im working on that I listen to as Im writing. If I have one song that helps maintain a really intense mood for me then I will even put it on repeat while I write the scene. My Of Witches and Warlocks playlist has fifty-one songs on it currently. Some reflect the entire series and others are specific to certain books. Other than my music, I just need a bottle of water and Im good to go!

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I first tried my hand at writing when I was nine, a little mystery story that lasted all of three or four pages with two chapters per page! I dont think I ever made the conscious decision to become a writer until I was in my twenties. I was driving home one day and saw this gargantuan cumulus cloud that was shaped like a castle. I remember getting excited and pointing it out to my husband and saying, “Wouldnt that make a cool story? Castle in the Clouds?” He agreed with me and immediately my mind started humming with ideas. My siblings, who are much younger than I am, loved fantasy stories and I told my husband I was going to write this fairytale for them and have it bound, just so I could have a book on my shelf that I could point to and say, “I wrote that!” I didnt have a computer then (back in the olden days, ha) so I started out writing in long hand on yellow legal paper. I carried around a voice activated tape recorder to capture ideas on. Eventually we got a word processor and I transferred the story onto it. A couple of years later we got our first computer, but the files wouldnt transfer from the word processor so I had to rewrite the whole thing again. I only worked on it in spurts because I hated sitting at the desk top computer. I finally finished the story fourteen years after I started it, when I purchased a laptop. I named it Castle in the Clouds, printed it off and was letting family read it that same week when I got the idea for The Trouble with Spells. I actually groaned at the idea and berated myself a bit. “You just finished writing a book and it took you fourteen years! You dont want to do this again!” But I couldnt get the idea out of my head and a week later I started writing the book. It was finished in six weeks.

Are there any other YA authors that you admire?

Actually some of my favorite authors who wrote books about young adults are some of the classics, like Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, and Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote Anne of Green Gables. Those are some of my all time favorite books. I do enjoy several authors that are available today as well. I do enjoy several authors that are available today as well. Ive really enjoyed Cassandra Clares work with her Mortal Instruments series, and Im very anxious to see what Andrea Cremer has in store with her Nightshade series since I adored it. Im sure I could make a list a mile long!

What is your favourite book of all time and why?
I dont have one favorite book of all time, because its my hope and desire to love them all! I pick up every book hoping it will be a five star read for me. I want to be swept away by them. I may have a “pick of the moment” at times, but I cant seem to find it in my heart to single out one above the rest.

Which YA (human) character would you love to be and why?
This is a hard question for me, because I dont know if I have one currently. If I were basing it on my past dreams from my younger years I would say Nancy Drew. I always wanted to be able to solve mysteries like she did, clear into my teens. I think that somewhere I have a little bit of an analytical mind that likes to put pieces together, while carrying a big flashlight in a place where no one knows where I am, but Ned Nickerson is sure to find me and save me! Ha ha!
Which YA (non human) character would you love to be and why?I dont have a specific character for this one either, but if I were a paranormal character I would choose to be a witch or a vampire. I think those have always been my favorites in paranormal. Although I may prefer having magic and a heart beat to being cold, and undead. Real food versus blood seems way more appealing to me too. Hmmm. Maybe I could just be a witch with a vampire boyfriend? We got any of those running around? LOL!

Thanks for hosting me! Its been a blast! ;)

Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight. She resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.

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  1. Great interview! I think Sean Bean would make a great Damien! I wonder what is on Lacey's playlist.

  2. Fab interview. Lacey is so lovely - I cant believe I like her even more with the interview <3

  3. I also really enjoyed The Mortal Instruments. And I have to say....I'm Team Ren.

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  4. Great interview! I loved the YA charater questions!!

    Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

  5. Vivien..I am so team Shay! LOL

    Lavcey - what team are you?

    Naomi xoxo

  6. I think readers enjoy a book so much more when the author does a little research to make it feel real. Honestly, who wants to be reading a scene that speaks of being in Ireland, with a description of a park down the street in BFE. Details matter, and make the story come alive in the readers mind.

    I am also loving all the talk lately about playlists. It's not unusual for me to be riding along . . hear and song, and try to place in the book I'm currently reading.

  7. Ooh I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was younger. I love that she has picked out the actors and actresses to play the parts too.

  8. @Val I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Sean Bean and I had him specifically in mind when I wrote Damien's scenes in The Demon Kiss. I think he could totally make Damien's sophisticated evil come to life.
    Some of the major players on my playlist are The Veronicas, Breaking Benjamin, Ryan Star, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and several others sprinkled in!

    @Emma Aw, thanks! You're so sweet! :D

    @Vivien @Naomi I'm really torn on this issue because I liked them both, but by the end of the book I have to say I think I'm leaning Team Ren!

    @Stephanie I've been all the places in books one and two, but I started branching out to locales I hadn't been in book three. I researched specific areas for those books and then sent them to people who lived in those locations for verification and accuracy. That was really helpful. Susan Mann edited the content for me for book three since it takes place in Scotland. That was very helpful! I hope to get to go there and see the things I wrote about in person because the pictures I worked from were beautiful. Plus there are a would bunch of wonderful ladies over in the UK affectionately known as "The Vance Gang" who I want to go meet!
    I'm the same way with songs on the radio. Always looking for that new song to add to my playlist!

  9. Ha ha! That's supposed to say a "WHOLE bunch of wonderful ladies"! Don't ask me where the "would" came from! LOL I guess that's what I get for typing when I first wake up! haha

  10. Great interview Lacey, as always you ROCK!

  11. Lacey, that's cool you sent people from that area what you wrote so you can see if it is accurate. I don't know if many would. After reading your description of Oak Creek Canyon and Slide Rock, I am definitely planning on going there sometime this summer with friends.

  12. LOL , um yea that is a downfall about being a vampire, one reason I think I wouldn't want is to drink blood, I love food too much :).

  13. Nice casting for the characters, have to say some of the people have not heard of but 2 of my favorite character actors are in you picks and that would be Selma Hayek and Amy Brenneman... Those ladies would be great to portray Portia and Vance's moms! And to think out of all the YA human characters you would love to be I have to say think there is a little girl in all of us who would like to be Nancy Drew!

    NIce fun Interview Ms. Weatherford and also very informative and interesting!

  14. @Vivienne I still love Nancy Drew! I have almost the whole original series now. I need to collect the rest! I wanted my kids to be able to enjoy them too!

    @Belinda Ha! Thanks for thinking so!xo

    @Val It's so beautiful there! You will love it! The summer and the fall are my favorited times. The leaves are so green and thick on the trees in the summer you can hardly see through them to little hidden hide-a-ways here and there. And in the fall it's just a massive riot of breathtaking color. The creek is COLD but a lot of fun to ride through the slide part. Just remember to wear board shorts or cutoffs! The swimmer with the suit blow out in my book was ME! haha So embarrassing! LOL

    @Donna Yeah...I love my food way too much too! I'm all for being the normal human with the hunky supernatural boyfriend! LOL

  15. @Jackie I love those ladies too! I will go into a little more depth later in the tour as well about why I picked the characters that I did, and we should have pics of some of them too!
    Glad you enjoyed the interview! :D

  16. That was a great interview. Research is always important for great work. It's nice to have such a hard working dedicated author! :)

  17. That was a fantastic interview and post. I am for TEam REn also.


  18. I usually have this unexplainable rage towards female characters (jealousy? LOL), but I really like Lacey, even more so, now. :)

  19. Awesome interview, I can picture those actors playing the parts. I want to be a vampire or a witch too. x

  20. Lacey this tour is fantastic so far and I just wanted to say I always wanted to be Nancy Drew when I was growing up too!


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