Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Title: The Wish List
Author: Gabi Stevens
Author Website: http://www.gabistevens.com
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Tor Books
What I liked: What is there not to like about this book? The beginning had to be hooked and I could not put it down! Gabi Stevens takes fairy godmothers and magic to the next level. I really enjoyed Kristin's character and her three aunts who are fairy godmothers, but also that of Tennyson and Lucas. Kristin is passionate, charismatic, and independent. I really could relate to her character. Kristin is left to deal with this new role and even more terrifying yet exciting, the magic! But not only does she have to deal with this newfound gift and role, she has to deal with an arbiter who not only annoys her, but also is great looking. So what's a girl to do? Follow her heart? I won't give it away since you will have to read the book, but know that there is some danger lurking that Kristin and her magic will have to handle. Will she be strong enough? You will have to pre-order to find out! Gabi Stevens is my new favorite author!
When Kristin Montgomery discovers her three aunts are fairy godmothers and she's next in line for the job, her uncomplicated life disappears like magic. No, not like magic; it is magic. Kristin not only has to deal with burgeoning magical powers, but also a reluctant arbiter, a selfish sprite, and a suave French sorcerer. It’s bad enough there are no books or classes she can take to learn magic, but someone is out to take over the Arcani world. Kristin has to trust her heart and her instincts to keep herself and the ones she loves out of danger.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Southern California, but my parents were both from Hungary so I learned Hungarian before English. For High School, I attended a boarding school just like Harry Potter, only without magic. I went to college in New York for a year, then finished up at UCSD (University of California at San Diego), with a year in Germany as an exchange student. My husband took me to Illinois for graduate school, and then we moved to Albuquerque. I have three daughters--twins and a spare--a dog, love playing games, and even appeared on Family Feud and Jeopardy!
What inspires you to write?
The voices in my head. No, seriously, I always loved to read, and just love the idea of telling my own stories. I have so many ideas, and they are all clamoring to get out and be told.
Do you find that your muse takes over when writing? Absolutely. When I have the chance to sit down and work for more than minutes at time (day job, you know), my book plays as a movie in my head and all I have to do is write down what I see and hear. Oh, there’s more to it than that, like revising, but that’s my basic method. And when I have to return to the real world, it can be as jarring as if I had been traveling.
Tell us a bit about your book? What inspired it?
THE WISH LIST is set in San Diego. When Kristin Montgomery discovers her three aunts are fairy godmothers and she’s next in line for the job, her orderly world disappears like magic. Not only does she have to deal with her burgeoning magical powers, but also a reluctant—and distractingly sexy—magical arbiter. But before Kristin can hone her skills and pass the tests necessary to fully claim her powers, she and Tennyson must work together to defend the world – both magical and human.
How do you create your characters, are they from people you know or completely made from your ideas?
Most of my heroines have some aspect of myself. For example, Kristin hates to be bad at anything, so when she discovers that there are no books or classes to learn magic, she panics. That’s me. If I can’t learn something, and learn it easily, I’ll give up. But for the most part, I make my characters up and they have no counterpart in real life. I hope I give them characteristics that everyone can relate to.
Do you have any have any other works in progress that you want to share?
Book two of the Time of Transition Trilogy, SPELLBOUND, will be out in April 2011, and I’m currently working on the third book, TOIL & TROUBLE, for March 2010. These two books finish up the story started in THE WISH LIST, and lets the reader revisit previous characters.
What would be your advice to aspiring writers out there? Read, write, and then do it some more. I also push grammar (I’m a freak—I love grammar), join a writing group so you can talk with like-minded people. And never, never give up. If you want to have success, you can’t give up ever.
What are your favorite books at the moment? Oooo, this is a hard one. Here’s a list: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Outliers; Lord of Scoundrels; The Phoenix Unchanged; The Lost Duke of Wyndham; Goddess of the Hunt; Dandelion Wine; To Kill a Mockingbird; Hunger Games; and so, so many more. The longer I think about it, the longer the list gets. And then there are the favorite authors: Teresa Medeiros, Connie Brockway, Jodi Thomas, Christina Dodd, Jill Barnett, Jayne Ann Krentz, and, again, so many more.
What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
Tintinnabulation. Definitely my favorite word. I don’t get to use it in my books, but I love that word. And there are always the words that crop up in my writing that I’ll use over and over again, and then have to edit out. My least favorite word: supposebly and excape. I hate it when people say these instead of the correct word. Oh, and anxious instead of eager.
If you want more information about me or my books, please visit me at www.GabiStevens.com. I love to hear from readers.
And now a question for you: If you could have a wish granted, what would it be?