Contributors Interview: Just A Little Wicked

Put away your broomsticks and get out your cauldrons; it’s time to settle in for some frightfully delicious reads.”

A project like Just a Little Wicked is a massive undertaking; but with such stars as New York Times and USA Today spotlighted authors and at nearly 800 pages in length, the project is well-worth the price Lily Luchesi and others paid. (Of course, as a reader I can say that!)

I was honored that so many of the authors took some precious time out of their day to answer some of my questions.

(You can read my review of Just a Little Wicked here.)

LILY LUCHESI (Editor)

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Lily Luchesi, USA Today bestselling author of horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction.
I’m an editor by day, writer by night, who loves all things that go bump in the night. I have penned the bestselling Paranormal Detectives and Coven Series, as well as the horror novel Never Again.
When not writing, I can be found cooking, reading, watching crime TV, or going to concerts (COVID permitting).

What was the inspiration for your story?
I was inspired to write Morgana’s Revenge when penning the novel The Coven Princess.
The novella is my universe’s take on Arthurian legend, putting Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, and Guinevere in the magical Coven, at war against Arthur, who wants to banish all magicians thanks to a secret his father, Uther, kept until his death.

What are some key takeaways you’re hoping readers get from your story?
The #1 thing is that being different is not necessarily bad. Morgan and Merlin are outcasts, with Morgan’s sudden inclusion with their peers reason for suspicion. The Coven is hunted for being different from the Pendragons’ preconceived notions falsely contrived from the newly translated Bible.
Growing up different myself, both in appearance and personality, my characters are usually on the strange side. I write for teens like me, who need an escape from reality and find kids like themselves within the pages, especially now LGBT+ kids (and adults).
Morgan is bi, Guinevere is poly, Arthur is aromantic, and the Coven Queen is a lesbian.

What is different about your work?
I don’t want to say different. I prefer unique. I take common tropes — such as the Chosen One, enemies to lovers, prophecies, etc. — and put my own spin on them.
Perhaps the uniqueness comes more from writing for the masses while utilizing marginalized characters as my MCs. The ones we were taught SO HARD to hate are my MCs: the creepy Goths, the heathens, the LGBTQIA+ people. I don’t like to be normal or predictable in real life, why should my books be?

What inspires you to write?
I got nothin’. Seriously. Inspiration, for me, can strike from anywhere. I can be taking a walk and have to stop and email myself a story idea, or I will be watching TV and wonder how a detective would feel if faced with a vampire (literally, that was what inspired The Paranormal Detectives Series).
As to why I write, I have always loved making up stories. For most of my childhood, if I wasn’t playing sports, I was living in my head with imaginary friends.
Creating worlds was how I stayed sane, and it still is.

Where can we find your books?
You can find all my books on Amazon, many in Kindle Unlimited. http://smarturl.it/lilyluchesiamazon

STEPHANIE BARR

I’m a full time rocket scientist and single mother with special needs children who herds cats and writes fantasy and science fiction in her spare time.

What was the inspiration for your story?

My ex-MIL is an ordained pagan priestess and I like to work against disinformation about witchcraft and witches so I wanted to highlight those differences, between what people thought and what they do.

What are some key takeaways you’re hoping readers get from your story?

Appearances are deceiving and karma is always there.

What is different about your work?

Everything you throw me out comes out differently than people expect. My brain works in weird ways.

What inspires you to write?

Characters. I think up a good character and then they need a story.

Where can we find your books?

http://stephanieebarr.us

NOVA BLAKE

Hi, I’m Nova, a New Zealand author who loves to write magical, spooky, sexy, fun stories. I homeschool my three kids, love to read, and cannot live without coffee.

What was the inspiration for your story?

We recently got a new kitten, and she is so damn cute. She’s technically my youngest’s, but… Let’s just say she is also now my writing familiar. She loves to sleep on my desk, has no idea what a personal bubble is, and gets into everything. The little black cat in my story is definitely inspired by her!

What are some key takeaways you’re hoping readers get from your story?

I’m just hoping that readers enjoy the story, have a few laughs, and fall in love with Tori and co. Right now the world is a rough place, and my aim with this piece was to entertain.

What is different about your work?

That’s such a tricky question! Maybe that a little bit of creepy tends to find its way into everything I write, even when I’m not trying… I am a bit of a genre slut (and proud of it!) and have a really hard time sticking to just one thing lol.

What inspires you to write?

So many things. I’ve written stories inspired by a loose thread on a piece of clothing, or from a snippet of overhead conversation, or a random thought. Literally anything can inspire me, it just depends on where my head is at.

Where can we find your books?

You can find them all here: https://www.amazon.com/Nova-Blake/e/B07FPV1P5M

S.K. GREGORY

S. K. Gregory writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance and dark fantasy books. She currently resides in Northern Ireland where she works as an editor. You can find out more about her books through her website – www.skgregory.com Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been writing for most of my life, published for the last nine years. I recently branched out into mystery writing and my favorite characters to write about are witches.

What was the inspiration for your story?

I love writing characters who are not all good, and my character for this is downright evil. This story will spin off into a story about her daughter and how that kind of influence can affect someone.

What are some key takeaways you’re hoping readers get from your story?

That karma is a bitch and if you do the wrong thing you get what is coming to you.

What is different about your work?

It is the first time I have written about a character who is completely unredeemable. She does not care about anything other than gaining power for herself.

What inspires you to write?

Ideas pop into my head, sometimes for a character or a story idea and I build up a world around it. This can come from dreams, newspaper headlines, throwaway lines in a show, really anything.

Where can we find your books?

You can find them in all major retailers and through my website – www.skgregory.com

CORINNE M KNIGHT

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have started writing after reading The D’Artagnan Romances by Alexandre Dumas and fell in love with the story of Louise de La Valliere and the French King Louis XIV. I felt like their tale needed a different ending and proceeded to write my own. It was only after a few years of perfecting my craft, that I became confident enough to start publishing.

What was the inspiration for your story?

I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural. Witches, demons, vampires. I tend to use historical facts or items to back their stories.

What are some key takeaways that you’re hoping readers get from your story?

This is so hard to answer without giving too much away. Love knows no race or religion. Love is boundless.

What is different about your work?

This is the first time when I wrote these perfectly imperfect characters. It’s not just the heroine or the hero that is broken. They both have their own issues that they’re trying to overcome. They’re both overpowered as supernatural creatures, but it’s all great because they complement each other so well.

What inspires you to write?

Ideas keep coming up in my head, but music helps me the most. I usually listen to certain tracks, depending on what feelings I wanted to convey at the time. I can’t write without listening to something.

Where can we find your books?

You can find me on Amazon at http://amzn.to/38fkzm0

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