GCC Presents………………….. Amanda Ashby!!!!

I get very excited when one of my CPs has a book out. And today it’s doubly exciting because Amanda Ashby has not one, but two books out…. with a third following in a few months. You can only imagine the celebrating we’ve been doing. I’d post photos, but they’d be too incriminating!

So what are these fabulous books?

A middle grade series called Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic

Book One: Wishful Thinking (May 31st Puffin)

Be careful what you wish for…
After eleven year old Sophie accidentally gets herself turned into a djinn, she starts to think that it might not be so bad after all. (Of course, that’s after she gets the whole orange skin problem sorted out.) Who wouldn’t enjoy having the power to grant wishes! But when Sophie develops RWD (Random Wish Disorder) and can’t STOP granting wishes, things get more than a little mixed-up!

Book Two: Under a Spell (May 31st Puffin)
And that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E…
As Sophie gets used to her magic, her relationship with the adorable Jonathan Tait is blossoming. There’s only one problem: Jonathan’s twin sister, Melissa. She’s a total mean girl who seems intent on making Sophie’s life miserable. On top of that, Melissa somehow seems to sense that Sophie has powers–and manages to bind Sophie to her in a totally self-serving way. Can Sophie figure out a way out of this–without ruining her chances with Jonathan?

Book one and two are a simultaneous release and watch out for book three in October…

And now for the usual questions…… which I didn’t really need to ask Amanda because I know all the answers

What inspired the plot for your book?
This plot snuck up on me! I’ve always loved the idea of invisible friends and a secret life that has to be hidden from the real world but it wasn’t until I began to toy with the idea of writing a djinn book that it all came together.

Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love young adult books but I have a secret love of middle grade adventure books and so I decided to try some for myself!

What is your writing process like?
I’m a total plotter. I like to plan everything out and then I religiously follow it word for word – hahahahaha! Okay, as you well know, the truth is that my writing process is a big hot mess. I try very hard to plot but it never works and I change my mind a gazillion times a day. In fact, I have no idea how I ever manage to get any books finished!

What are you working on now?
I’ve got a third Sophie book coming out in October and a new young adult book called Demonosity coming out next summer. I’m really excited about that book because it has alchemy and two beautifully demon knight brothers who cause my heroine all kinds of problems!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Talk to my critique partner on the phone. That would be you, by the way!

Who do you like to read?
I read a lot of young adult books, some middle grade fantasy and a bit of adult fantasy as well!

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she’s finally moved back and now lives on the Sunshine Coast. When she’s not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let’s just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, and her first young adult book Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Her latest release, Fairy Bad Day, has been selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region. To find out more, please go to www.amandaashby.com

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