Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

UFI welcomes Jody Gehrman Author of Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft. Thanks for Joining us!!

My Inner Sanctum
Jody Gehrman

Hello, Urban Fantasy Investigations fans! I'm super happy to be here, especially since this blog has one of the coolest banners ever. Seriously, that's such an awesome little scene our host has going up there. I totally want to step into it, even if there is a terrifying monster lurking at the top of the stairs. I'm guessing I get to be the menacing heroine in the leather pants, though, so I'll know exactly what to do when Mr. Spooky gets to me.

Speaking of spooky little scenes, I thought I'd tell you a little about my favorite corner of the world, my writing room. This is the inner sanctum, the cockpit, the witch's workshop where I cast fictional spells.

Okay, full disclosure: it's not usually this clean. I tidied up a bit for you guys. Just outside the frame there are coffee cups, reams of paper, dirty socks and plates strewn with toast crumbs. You know, tools of the trade.

Here's a quirky fact about my writing cave: It used to be a hair salon. My husband, a brilliant carpenter-artist dude completely transformed it for me. He added skylights and French doors and tile and stairs. Every once in a while, though, you can still catch a whiff of the Ghost of Perms Past.

Just outside the window above my desk there are several hummingbird feeders. You can barely see them in this photo; they're just little red blips above my computer. For some reason, having a front row view of hummingbirds and their feisty dramas totally soothes me while I write. Maybe it's because I get a little glimpse of nature while I hole up inside. Also, hummingbirds are so energetic and determined. They speak to the manic, hurry-up-and-finish-this chapter part of me.

Before I go, here's a shot of my partner in crime: my obese and grumpy cat, Max. She usually sits in my lap while I write, which can get quite awkward at times. Seeing as she weighs about four hundred pounds, shifting positions proves challenging. Still, I can't imagine life without her. After all, every witch needs a familiar!


Jody Gehrman is the author of seven novels and numerous plays. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is her most recent Young Adult novel. Her other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin's Dial Books). Babe in Boyland has recently been optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin (Red Dress Ink). Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English at Mendocino College.
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Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft
Audrey's Guide #1

 Falling in Love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer—it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her twenty-one-year-old witchy cousin shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.


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