Cindy Spencer Pape is Motor City savvy. A multi-pub'd author who won fantastic reviews for Motor City Fae, Cindy's here today to talk of her latest sexy paranormal, Motor City Witch. Oh, and answer my questions ;)
BTW have you seen the reviews for Motor City Witch? "All around a very enticing world..." Anna's Book Blog. Plus, the heroine of the story, Elise, has her very own tarot reading by Arwen and it's awesome.
Can you describe Motor City (Detroit) for a clueless Australian?
Wow, that’s tricky. Detroit is a world-class city in some ways, but devastated in others. It’s an old city for North America, especially the Midwest, having celebrated its 300th anniversary a while back. It’s the narrow point on the Great Lakes, so everything shipped from the Midwest to the east coast, from beaver furs in the 1700s, to timber to iron, then furniture and cars went through Detroit. During Prohibition, there were literally pipelines running under the Detroit River to bring liquor from Canada. In the twentieth century, people moved here from all over the world to work in the various industries—cigar making was the big one before Henry Ford kicked off the automotive boom. Now? It’s an ethnically diverse, economically depressed region in transition, moving toward something—though nobody’s sure exactly what yet.
When I finally make it to America (yep, that's pigs flying past the window, but you never know, I might discover I like long haul economy flights *shudder*), what MUST I see in Detroit?
Me? No seriously, the Detroit Institute of Arts is a world-class museum, and there are some great theatres and parks, not to mention restaurants of every imaginable persuasion. Finally, the Henry Ford Museum has a great collection of history and technology.
Who was the first witch you encountered in your life? (The wicked witch from Oz? your third grade teacher? or someone amazing who opened your eyes to seeing the world differently?)
Probably various fairytales: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. But I think the concept of the good witch was probably from The Wizard of Oz. I like to think mine are a little more along those lines.
What do you hope readers enjoy/remember about "Motor City Witch?"
That love can happen no matter who you are—even if you’re not exactly human. And that if it’s real, it can overcome even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Also, I’d like to have readers think a little about the importance of family—the ones we build for ourselves as well as the ones we’re born with.
Name your favourite word in any language, and why.
Ooh, that’s an interesting question. My editor would probably tell you it’s “then,” but I’m not going to admit to that. Cherish, maybe? Adoration? Beloved? I think I see a theme here.
About the Book
Motor City Witch (Urban Arcana Book #2)
by Cindy Spencer Pape
from Carina Press
She’d left magic behind.
Once upon a time, Elise Sutton had been a powerful witch and paranormal enforcer. Once she’d been madly in love with Fae lord Aidan Greene. But when Aidan had considered his duties more important than their relationship, the love affair ended badly. Shortly after, while on the hunt for a rogue demon, Elise was brutalized and almost killed. Months later she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. To protect her child—and her heart—Elise decided to live a nonmagical life.
Until she meets Aidan again, and he assumes Dina is his daughter. When Dina is kidnapped by a racial purity movement, Elise turns to Aidan for help. The icy facade she has built around herself shatters at Aidan’s touch. Together they have to hunt through the human and faery worlds to find Dina...and to discover whether or not they have any kind of chance at a happily ever after.
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