WELCOME TO THE WITCHWAR BLOG TOUR!
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the final book of the Witchblood series we find Jess and her friends ten years on, about to battle with enemies on all sides, as the supernatural world crashes into the human domain.
With everybody’s lives on the line Jess will need to work out who she can trust before a deadly witch hunt threatens to uncover them all. Death and love will once again consume her life, but only one side can win.
*If you haven’t tried the WitchBlood Series the first book, ‘WitchBlood’ is free to download.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Mills is a stay-at-home mum. She shares her home with her husband, two children, a dog, 3 cats, a house rabbit and a tankful of fish. Once her youngest child started school she began to write.
WitchBlood was published in January 2012, swiftly followed by WitchCraft and WitchLove. Emma published what she had intended to be the finale of the series, WitchHunt, a week after moving her family south to Somerset, in November 2013. A prequel to the series, WitchFire, followed in 2014.
However, after fans began asking for more, a plan began to develop. The Witchblood Series didn’t feel finished, so WitchWar was born. Emma says now that she has written WitchWar, she feels that the series is complete. WitchWar is set ten years after WitchHunt. It has everything you want from a supernatural final book: fear, heartbreak and resolution.
Have you always been a writer or wanted to be a writer?
Well, originally and throughout my teens I wanted to be a dancer. I was pretty good and dancing was my life. When I wasn’t dancing I was reading or drawing. Unfortunately when I was 17 I tore the muscles along my lower spine and my dancing days were over! I fell back on my next love which was reading and went to study English Literature and Language at University. From then on I harboured a secret dream to write, but I never got past the first chapter and I never had the confidence.
So what made you decide to self-publish supernatural YA books?
It was during the early years of my children being babies that I started reading the YA genre. I found the Twilight series and loved them, then I moved on and read the other big supernatural series, but the ones I came across were all American so I wondered if I could come up with something original and British. I did secure a UK agent, but unfortunately all the publishers thought the days of vampire fiction had passed, which is why I ended up self-publishing.
So apart from Supernatural YA fiction what other books do you like reading?
I actually haven’t read many supernatural YA books at all recently. My favourite books of 2015 were ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ by MR Carey, The Selection Series by Kiera Cass and The 5th Wave Series… so I guess I had a dystopian theme going on!
So WitchWar is the last book in your series? What are the other books and can you tell us a little about them?
Yes, WitchWar is book 5 in the WitchBlood Series. I also wrote WitchFire last year, which is a prequel to the series. They are all set in our current, modern day… the world as we know it. Jess is a normal 17year old girl or so she thinks, until one night she is attacked by a girl gang and left for dead. A vampire saves her, by changing her, and that is when the fun begins, as Jess’s family history kicks in. I wouldn’t want to spoil the twists from book one so I’ll leave it there; but Jess soon realises that the world we live in is populated with not only vampires, but witches, angels and other supernaturals, all governed by a council. WitchBlood (Book 1) is currently free on Amazon and other digital book sites.
So if WitchWar is the last book, what do you have planned next?
I have a new YA series which is not at all supernatural, which I started writing last year, before I got the idea for WitchWar; so I may continue with that. It is slightly apocalyptic in style… or I may try something new. I’m not sure yet! I love the freedom of writing fantasy, it is the ultimate distraction for your imagination! It will also be hard to let go of all my WitchBlood characters; in fact I got quite emotional writing the final chapters of WitchWar… for various reasons!
How do you write? Where and what time of day? What works best for you as a writer?
One of the things I love about being an indie writer is that I set my own schedules. For example I was quite tired and emotionally drained after publishing WitchHunt (book 4) as I had just moved 250miles to the south of England with my husband and children. We didn’t know anyone here so I wanted to take some time out of writing and settle in. Even though I wrote WitchFire last year it wasn’t really until this summer that I suddenly really started wanting to write again. Once I get the idea for a book I write quite intensively. For example with WitchWar I began when the kids went back to school in the first week of September and I wrote Monday to Friday from 09:30 till approximately 2pm. If the words are flowing I might finish sooner, but I would aim for 2000 words a day / 10,000 words a week. In the final weeks I also did some intense night-time sessions!
So do you plan your novels?
No! I am dreadful at planning! I get the idea for the novel and write that down and as long as I have a couple of tense ‘dramatic moments’ then I just get writing. I am definitely a ‘go with the flow’ type writer! I find that as I’m writing scenes I suddenly get whooshes of inspiration, so I may jot those down, but that’s as far as it goes.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
They can find me at my Facebook page or on Twitter & Instagram as @EmmaMwriter. I also have a website which is http://www.witchbloodthenovel.com
My books are all on Kindle, Kobo and Epub booksellers. Thanks for having me.