WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway


Today I am honored to be a part of the WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.  I not only found the writing in this novel to be beautiful and exquisite but I also enjoyed reading up on a novel that was set in familiar territory.

Title: WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED
Author: Tricia Stirling
Pub. Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 192
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
"I used to be one of those girls. The kind who loved to deliver bad news. When I colored my hair, I imagined it seeping into my scalp, black dye pooling into my veins.

But that was the old Lacy. Now, when I cast spells, they are always for good."

16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. She's a botanist who knows how to harness the healing power of plants. So when her father dies, Lacy tries to stay with her step-mother in Chico, where her magic is good and healing. She fears the darkness that her real mother, Cheyenne, brings out, stripping away everything that is light and kind.

Yet Cheyenne never stays away for long. Beautiful, bewitching, unstable Cheyenne who will stop at nothing, not even black magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart. She forces Lacy to accompany her to Sacramento, and before long, the "old" Lacy starts to resurface.

But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice. Will she use her powers to exact revenge and spiral into the darkness forever? Or will she find the strength to embrace the light?

About Tricia:
I am a writer. I am also a mother, daughter, wife, sometimes crafter, and voracious reader. I'm outdoorsy and kind of shy. As a child, I was kicked out of girlscouts. I love cheese and bread. I love Anthopologie and Mary Margaret's apartment in Once Upon a Time.  I'm a sloppy dogloving person, but I admire the sleek cool of cats. My favorite writers include Alice Hoffman, Janet Fitch, Donna Tarte, and Aimee Bender. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were also good.


Hello all and welcome. Today I'm very lucky to be interviewing Tricia Stirling, author of When My Heart Is Wicked.

1. Hello Tricia, thank you for this interview. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thank youWell I’ve always written, but I didn’t always want to be a “writer.” I worked as a barista, a secretary at a law firm, a hostess. Through it all though, I wrote. I went to grad school, I wrote. I had babies, I wrote. I am lucky that my husband is understanding and encouraging about my writing. I wrote a lot of short stories and three novels. But I never tried to sell the first two novels. I knew they were my “learning how to write” books. 

2.  What is When My Heart Was Wicked about and what inspired you to write it? When My Heart Was Wicked is about a girl, Lacy, who was brought up to protect herself using black magic and dark curses. The magic made her dark inside and she grew to hate everything, including herself. When her mother disappeared, Lacy went to live with her father, and she decided to reinvent herself, successfully. The book begins after her father dies, and her mother returns, wanting Lacy back
I was thinking about butterflies, transformation, reinventionAnd also step-families. Early on I was thinking of writing the story from Anna’s point of view, this woman who loses her husband and gains an unhappy teenager. But as I wrote, I realized it was  Lacy’s story I wanted to tell. 

3.  Can you give us an insight into your main character, Lacy and how you relate to her?
Oh, sweet Lacy. She is torn between the knowledge that her mother is a terrible parent, ultimately bad for her, and the connection she feels toward her. She loves her mother. I think Lacy is a good person, even when she thinks she isn’t. Also I think she’s a fairly typical teenager, in that everything is truncated, every moment infused with meaning. And then there’s the whole self-loathing thing. I know I had a whole lot of that going on when I was in high school. 

4.  What is your favorite quote from the book? I really love the beginning, the first 2 paragraphs: 
My stepmother, Anna, swears magic exists in the everyday. I used to think she was full of it, but then one morning at Big Chico Creek we found a mermaid’s eye under a patch of birds-foot trefoil. The eye was large and perfectly round like a human’s, but it had the glittering green iris of a fish. After that I started noticing magic in other places too. A swan serenading a catfish at Horseshoe Lake, her neck arching like a quivering bow in song. A boy with the legs of a goat playing the flute from his canoe along the river.  
Since my dad died, though, I haven’t spotted a single bit of magic. Not even a shooting star, or the quiet unfurling of afiddlehead fern frond at dawn.”


5.  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That you can become the person you want to be, especially when you’re youngI wanted to write about a girl who struggles between two dualities within her nature, each of which isequally tempting. And then what happens when her tools are stripped away. I love the ideas of fate and destiny—they are so romantic. But I don’t believe in them. I believe we make our own destiny. 

6. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
I have a website at triciastirling.com. The website has a blog feature, which I’ve just begun posting to. I have a few short stories that you can find online. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

7. Your writing style is very beautiful, poetic and infused with symbolism. When did you decided to become an author? 
Thank you! I was in college when I decided to become an author. In grad school I became kind of obsessed with the fluidity of language. I started collecting words and playing with them, trying to find ways to stack them together and make them sing. Carole Maso has some lovely things to say about Language. “Home is wherever my mind catches fire, my body. Where Language trembles and burns.”And “I love my language. I feel at home in my throat in the fluent afternoon.” 

8.  What writers inspire you? Alice Hoffman. Ellen Gilchrist.Janet Fitch, Laurie Halse Anderson, Francesca Lia Block, Jim Lewis, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Carole Maso, Hemingway. Honestly, I won’t finish reading a book if it doesn’t inspire me in some way. 

9.  What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Incantation by Alice Hoffman, The Good Sister by Jamie Kain, The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, and All We Left Behind by Nancy Herman. I’m very ADD with my reading. 

10. What are you working on now and can you share that with me?
I’m working on a YA novel about a girl who is afraid of water. I don’t want to say too much about it, but it’s grittier than When My Heart Was Wicked. It’s more street urchin meets Sylvia Plath. 

11. Living in northern California I am always drawn to novels in this area. What made you decide to write a novel based out of Chico and Sacramento?
Chico is a magical place. I went to college there, and it was such a fun place to live and explore. Whenever I talk to other people who spent time in Chico, their voice fills with this blissful longing. “Aah, Chico.” Sacramento is my home. I grew up in Southern California, and I was surprised the other day when I realized that I’ve lived in Sacramento longer than any other town. It is the only home my children know. I don’t think I’ll live here forever, but Sacramento will always hold a special place in my heart. 


These two images below are taken in Chico and the place pictured is mentioned in the book
 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your buy schedule to take part in this interview.
Thank you so much! It was great fun!

Giveaway Details:
5 Finished Copies of WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED. US Only

Tour Schedule
Week One:
2/23/2015- Moonlight Gleam ReviewsReview
2/24/2015- Novel InkReview
2/25/2015- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
2/26/2015- Bookish- Interview
2/27/2015- Once Upon a TwilightReview

Week Two:
3/2/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
3/3/2015- MEReadALotReview
3/4/2015- paranormal book club (PBC)Interview
3/5/2015- Bittersweet EnchantmentReview
3/6/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads - Guest Post

 

5 comments:

  1. Looking forward to this one :)

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  3. Wow this is set in your stomping grounds! Sounds like a fun read:)

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  4. I've been DYING to read this book for months now! I'm so excited that it's finally out! :)

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  5. One of my favorite covers of 2015, and coincidentally, one of my most anticipated reads! This book sounds and looks so good! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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