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- Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Teen
- Page Length:
- 250 - 500 Pages
- Book Status:
- Completed Manuscript
Margo Pennyfeather is being hunted. The 16-year-old witch has always been an outcast, in her home back in England, and now in the village of East Hampton, New York, where her family has settled. No one but her family has ever cared for Margo, but now the most important witch in the magic world wants her as an apprentice, giving her a chance to bring her family out of poverty.
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Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, J.K. Rowling, John Steinbeck
What do you plan to do with the funds you raise?
This campaign is intended to help me launch book one of my The Empire Witch Series.The money would be used for booth space at New York Comic Con, incidental charges from the exhibit hall, ordering copies of the book for autographing, and promo material to hand out. I will be including material for other indie authors in my giveaway bags as well. It's very difficult to stand above the fray when you are an unknown author, and I believe this will give me the push I need to spread the word about my series. The money will also go towards any other promo or book signings for the book launch, including a book launch party, library and school visits and giveaways for readers. I hope to raise enough money to also donate a portion of the proceeds to Cancer research in honor of my brother Pablo Ortega.
*Please note this campaign has changed and I will now ONLY have The Skinwalker's Apprentice at New York Comic Con.
Why did you write the book?
The story of Emerald Kipp and Margo Pennyfeather really began as a desire to write a cool fantasy story set in NYC but became much more to me. It's a story with really strong female leads, with an emphasis on family and friendship and the importance of the love we have for the people who know us best. Growing up, I read a lot of stories and watched a lot of movies about romantic love. I will admit I am a hopeless romantic, but I think readers need more examples of heroines saving themselves, of characters who value their friendships and their family members above all else. We're told from a young age that romantic love is the ultimate. It's the grandest dream we can have, but when you grow up with that mentality and love goes wrong it can leave you feeling helpless and destroyed. I think love is amazing, and trust me there is romance in my series, but the core of the story isn't romantic love. It's about loyalty, and how that drives you to be brave, and strong and conquer your fears. It's about being strong enough to go on, with or without the person you are in love with. It's about being true to yourself and becoming more than you thought you ever could. I want kids who read my book to feel they aren't alone, to know they're special, and beautiful and kind and important, no matter what they look like and where they come from. You can be a hero if your skin is light or dark, if you're skinny or overweight, boy or a girl, it doesn't matter. Anyone can save the day.