Blog Tour Interview + GIVEAWAY: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker

Today I have the pleasure of being a tour stop on THE WITCH HUNTER blog tour by Rock Star blog Tours. I am excited about this tour because I loved reading THE WITCH HUNTER and Virginia is a local author so it is like a double coup of enchantment. I hope that you stick around and get to know this amazing author and her book a bit better and don't forget to enter the contest at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!!

Author: Virginia Boecker
Pub. Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut. 

About Virginia:

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.

I am a big fan of this series so it was an honor to interview Virginia. 

1. What was the "spark" that inspired the premise of THE WITCH HUNTER?
I’ve always loved history and, by extension, historical fiction. I was 12 when I read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and it was pretty much game over for meAfter that, no time period or subject was off limits I read anything and everythingI could, from Graham Greene to Ken Follett to John Jakes to Elie Wiesel. Years later, when I moved to London, I channeled that obsession straight into English history. I was firmly entrenched in the 16th century - specifically the English Reformation and the Marian Persecutions -  when the idea for The Witch Hunter came to me. Instead of the conflict between Catholics and Protestants, it was between those who believe in the right to practice magic and those who do not. 

2. What kind of research went into writing THE WITCH HUNTER?
did ton of reading (see my English history obsession, above): biographies on Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Jane Grey, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I; historical fiction by Philippa Gregory, Jean Plaidy, Elizabeth Chadwick, Alison Weir, Hilary Mantel. I also visited as many of the locations mentioned in the books as I couldcastles, museums, cathedrals, prisons, palaces. I found that physically experiencing these places was invaluable when it came to writing about them.

3. Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
I think there are times in people’s lives where it seems as if things are turned hopelessly upside down and it seems as if you’ll never find your place in the mire. They’re uncomfortable times, and never easy. But I think it’s precisely that discomfort that show you who you really are, and provide you with an opportunity to change and grow. The idea that no matter how bad things get, there’s always a way through.

4. Just as your novel will inspire future authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
I started reading Stephen King when I was ten, and I would say that left a pretty indelible impression on me as a writerCarrie, It, The Shining, Christine--I’ve been left forever twisted by those books and I’m all the better for it. I was also a huge fan of V.C. Andrews--I picked up Flowers in the Attic at eleven (!) and I’ve never been the same since. S.E. Hinton was also a favorite(That Was Then, This Was Now is excellent), as was Paul Zindel, Robert Cormier, George Orwell. To this day, Animal Farm is still one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read. J.K. Rowling, of course. And Phillipa Gregory’s Boleyn series (particularly The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance) was a game changer to me - her books showed me I could write a story set in the past but told in modern language, while still remaining true to the period.

5. What are you working on now? and please let it be a sequel. 
Yes! I’m working on the sequel to The Witch Hunter. It’s really dark, it’s really twisted, it’s really romantic, and I really love it. It has an official (but secret!) title, and we’re working on the cover now, and I can’t wait to share them both!

6. THE WITCH HUNTER has some seriously hot boys that made my heart skip a beat. Between Caleb, Schuyler and John, whom would you Kiss, Kill or Marry? 
Kiss: Schuyler. I know for a fact he’s good at it. Kill: Caleb. This boy is nothing but trouble. Marry: John. You can’t go wrong with him. He will love you for life.

7, The main characters in your novel are quite memorable, which of them do you relate to the most and why? 
When I create characters, I do what I call “going Voldemort” and Horcrux myself, giving each character a basic trait of mine and seeing how they develops from there. Elizabeth, for instance, is my brave side. John is my nurturing side. George my funny side, Fifer my irreverent side, and so forth. Generally speaking, though, I’d say I’m a pretty even mix between George and Fifer. Like George, I enjoy people, I enjoy making them laugh and having a good time. The flip side to that coin is Fifer: I can turn on a dime (pun intended) and get into bouts of brief but turbulent snitsLuckily, I’ve got some of John’s self-control to keep it tempered, for the most part

8. THE WITCH HUNTER is an absolutely addicting read that had me completely and ensnared from the first page and there are quotes in that book that I absolutely adore.  Do you have a favorite quote? and could you share it with me?
Thank you so muchMy favorite quote isn’t really a quote but a passage in a scene that takes place between Caleb and Elizabeth toward the end of the book. Caleb is in so much trouble here, and it makes me want to simultaenously hug him and take him by the shoulders and shake him. 
“He’s the same Caleb I’ve always known. Restless, ambitious, always yearning for more. It’s only now I realize how deep that plague of ambition has spread inside him. Like a disease, it rules him now: his thoughts, his actions, the things he chooses to see, the things he chooses to ignore. And, like a disease, one day it will be the death of him.

It was very nearly the death of me.”

9. What was the first purchase you made with your advance?
I bought a chocolate brown Vespa! I call it Little Brown. J

9. What are you most looking forward to as you embark on this journey of being a published author?
Meeting readers! I love meeting new people and getting to know them - I’m not what you’d call an introvert. J That’s really the best part of all of this - all the wonderful people who have come into my life: my agent, my editor, everyone at Little, Brown,readers, bloggers, educators, fellow authors, they make this journey special.

10. Schuyler is my favorite character and little birdie told me that there will be a little bit more of him to enjoy in the future, can you elaborate please?
Oh, I love him too! You’ll be pleased to know he plays a big part in Book 2: he and Elizabeth develop a great friendship based on a mutal love of trouble, violence, and sarcasm. But they trust one another and somehow, this relationshiop works for them. I’ve also got planned a novella told from Schuyler and Fifer’s alternating POVs - I think it will be fun for readers to see the origin of their unconventional relationship.

11. Now that your book is finally out in stores and the film rights have been sold what do you think will be the biggest challenge ahead?
No film or tv rights have been sold yet, but my fingers are crossed! I think once the book is out in stores the biggest challenge will be continuing to write things that people enjoy reading, and using my time wisely, striking the right balance between writing one book while promoting another.

Thank you, for taking the time to answer my questions and I wish you much success with your upcoming release of THE WITCH HUNTER.
Thank you so much for having me! I enjoyed being here.

Giveaway Details:

10 winners will receive a finished copy of THE WITCH HUNTER US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
6/1/2015- Supernatural SnarkInterview
6/1/2015- Addicted ReadersReview

6/2/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
6/2/2015- Mundie MomsReview

6/3/2015- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
6/3/2015- Bookish SerendipityReview

6/4/2015- Once Upon a Twilight Guest Post
6/4/2015- FiktshunReview

6/5/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsInterview
6/5/2015- Me, My Shelf and IReview


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