May 6, 2013

Gay Paranormal: A Little Bite of Magic | Interview @ MjOsheaSeattle #RLFblog

Little Bite of Magic 

MJ O'Shea, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, A Little Bite of Magic.
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romantic Comedy M/M
Publisher: LooseId
Cover artist: Kalen O'Donnell
Length: 30,000 words
Heat rating:
Tagline: A food loving witch with a romantic heart and a fussy restaurant critic should be a match made in hell… but perhaps all it takes is a bit of kitchen magic to make sparks fly.
Blurb:
In a family full of powerful witches, Frankie Vallerand is the black sheep. He doesn't care about honing his magic. All he wants is to open up a restaurant and spend his days serving up delicious food. But when he sees a customer crying and wishes for her to be happy, he inadvertently transforms his old wooden soup spoon into a wand, and realizes that maybe a little bit of kitchen magic is just what his customers need.
Addison Allbright is The Phantom Foodie, an anonymous food critic notorious for his scathing reviews. For most people, being paid to eat would be a dream job. Not for Addison. He doesn't care for overpriced designer food. He's a tea and toast kind of guy. Until both the food and the owner of L'Osteria Di Pomodoro sweep him off his feet and throw his neat, orderly life completely off-kilter.
Frankie isn't sure how to tell Addison he's a witch, or that he charmed Addison's food the night they first met, without sounding totally crazy. But little does he know that Addison has secrets too. Not only did he snark Frankie's restaurant in his last review column, he's also engaged to be married…to a woman.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Frankie, 25, is a chef...and a witch. Addison is 33 and a restaurant critic.

Interview

Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
This story is set in the modern every day world. The only exception is there are witches — and who's to say there really arent? :) Most of the story is set in San Francisco but one of our main characters, Frankie, is from Louisiana so some scenes are set there. The second book in the series is going to be set exclusively in Louisiana.
What inspired you to write this book?
I've always loved to cook (this probably won't be my last foray into the cooking world) but I thought it would be a fun twist to have the chef be a kitchen witch. I've always loved that character on the whole. Who better to tangle with a kitchen witch than a restaurant critic who is dying to get out of his boring life? And there, a story was born?
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
The less I have near me the better!! I do like to have coffee or tea of course, but I concentrate the best if I don't have much else for my hands to do. Once I'm in a scene it flows quickly, but it's just getting there that's a challenge if I give myself too many other things to look at:)
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Let's see, I'm a music person, so I spend a lot of time working out stress on my piano! I paint murals (all over my house haha) and, I love to dance. I cook and am pretty addicted to cooking shows. I love giada! Hopefully in the future, I'll be traveling more when I'm not writing. I love seeing new places.
Any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! Your first story will most likely have a lot of problems, I know mine did, but the more you write the more natural it will feel.
If you wouldn't say it, don't write it either. Obviously character dialogue doesn't fit in that rule, but read your books aloud. If something sounds awkward, too formal, silly, or just not like you, then get rid of it. You already have your own great voice. Just use it:)
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
Lots of it! Different things in different books. I put my friends in books all the time (Jeana from The Luckiest is actually my closest friend, not Luka's), I give the characters interests that I have sometimes, and lots of speech mannerisms and jokes come from me without me even meaning to do it.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
Not too many, actually. Right out of college, I taught middle school reading for a few years. That was actually pretty fun. But then my family opened a commercial painting company and I'm still helping my family run the company when I'm not busy writing. I'll be happy when it's time to let someone else step in there. Payroll isn't one of my best skills:)
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
Ooooh Regency England. No doubt! I've been in love with that era ever since I was a kid.
Do you believe in luck?
Absolutely! Most luck is aided by hard work, but there's definitely an element of being in the right place at the right time to most success stories:)
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
I never listen to music when I write. It's way too distracting. But when I drive or paint etc. I listen to a lot of stuff:) I'm from Seattle so there's the typical alternative stuff. I like about a million bands so I won't bore anyone. I have a not so secret boyband love affair too. When I was a kid it was all about the Backstreet Boys, but I've been known to sing some One Direction at the top of my lungs too:)
Do you play any musical instruments?
Yep! I've played Piano the longest. Since I was five:) after that, Flute since I was about nine, and I can play clarinet, guitar, bass, and bassoon a little bit each.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with black olives and pineapples.
I'm always ready for dancing!!
When I'm alone, I sing really loud. :)
If I had a halo it would be lol. Tarnished. But pink and sparkly as well. :)
If I could fly I'd do it in a heartbeat.
I can never say never because who knows what's going to happen?

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