This Is When the Magic Happens

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Jinx Hamilton sprang to life late on a Friday afternoon in November 2015. We’d been talking about developing a new paranormal series and kept circling back to the question, “Where has all the magic gone?”

The question might have been a reflection of Rana’s ongoing state of mourning over the series end of Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Patti’s love for Bewitched. The result, however, was an experiment. Twenty minutes of free writing.

With minor polishing, that exercise remains the opening 761 words of Witch at Heart, the first book in the current nine-volume Jinx Hamilton series.

Jinx named herself. She picked where she wanted to live and introduced us immediately to Crazy Aunt Fiona — and she identified the true source of magic: the heart.

Over the arc of the series, we’ve had two books that just refused to come together: Witch on First and To Haunt a Witch. In both instances, we, the ham-handed authors, tried desperately to make our characters do what we wanted them to do and they rebelled.

Witch on First didn’t work until Jinx and Chase threw a dead body on the page, and Haunt made no sense until Rube dove through the kudzu in front of Sam’s house and met the Petting Ghost.

Fast forward to the post-publication joy of seeing To Test a Witch go live on Amazon. We took a day and then started to outline To Teach a Witch.

That would be when the trouble started.

After two weeks of shared Google documents, notes scribbled in the middle of the night, emails, texts, and FaceTime discussions, we realized the characters had once again taken to the streets with their pitchforks and torches.

To Teach a Witch is not the next book,” they archly informed us. “You need to be writing To Trick a Witch.”

Leaning back in our desk chairs, we both said, with proper authorial gravitas, “Huh.” Then we admitted they were right — again. That means the order of the next few books in the series will be:

  • To Trick a Witch
  • To Teach a Witch
  • To Love a Witch

(Psst! Don’t tell anyone, but Trick will be out in mid-October.)

After that, there will be major developments in Jinx’s world . . . that we can’t tell you about — except to say the gang isn’t going anywhere! They’ll be growing, going on new adventures, and keeping magic where it belongs: solidly in the heart.

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About the Author

Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. As a writer, Juliette's goal is to create strong female characters facing interesting, challenging, painful, and at times comical situations. Refusing to be bound by genre, her primary interest lies in telling good stories.

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