The Near Witch Blog Tour

The moment has arrived! Its the official start date of The Near Witch Blog Tour! This tour is in honor of a wonderful book and its paperback release on May 15, 2012. Along the way there will be a mixture of guest posts and interviews. On May 15th many of us also have a super cool surprise for everyone so be sure to check it all out.

Today on the site I am honored to have Wren, Lexi’s little sister. She was gracious enough to answer a few questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today Wren!

1. What’s it like having Lexi as a big sister?

I like her. Most days. I like her when she lets me be. And when she tells me secrets.

2. If you could have another siblings would you want another sister or a brother?

I’d want Cole to be my big brother. He can hear the world. He can speak to it. I think he could speak to it for me.

3. What do you think of Cole?

He says I have must magic in me, because my garden always grows so well. And Lexi likes him. He can stay.

4. What’s your best guess for Cole’s real name?

He whispered it to me. I can’t tell you, though. He made me promise. He said that name is gone now. That boy is gone now.

5. Was is scary being taken by the Near Witch?

I don’t remember it, not really. I remember being cold, like when you’re very tired. I remember the smell of earth. It didn’t hurt, though.

6. What’s your favorite thing to learn?

Mum is teaching me to bake. Lexi is teaching me how to count using the things in the garden.

7. What is your favorite game to play?

I like the one where everyone else falls down.

8. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A witch. The sisters say you have to be born that way, but I don’t believe them.

9. Who do you admire? Or want to be like?

I want to be like Magda. But not like Dreska. Dreska is meaner.

10. What is one thing you want people to know about you?

I have a story, too.

Thanks so much Wren!

Here is the schedule for the tour.

Tuesday May 8- Hannah @ The Book Vortex
Wednesday May 9- Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter
Thursday May 10- Shalena @ Writer Quirk
Friday May 11- Kelly @ Bookshelf Banter
Saturday May 12- Sara @ Through the Looking Glass
Sunday May 13- Lindsay @ The Violet Hour
Monday May 14- Hannah @ The Book Vortex
Tuesday May 15- Everyone
Wednesday May 16- Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter
Thursday May 17- Kelly @ Bookshelf Banter

Be sure to check out all the stops!

I don’t have a specific giveaway for the tour however I do have a copy of The Near Witch being given away for the Birthday Bash. Check it out on the Few and Far Between Page.

Thanks so much Victoria for letting us put on this tour! (Who didn’t LOVE that interview?)


Interview with Lisa Burstein

Today we are so lucky to be part of the Pretty Amy blog tour and have Lisa Burstein on the site today! Here is Lisa’s interview!

1) You have mentioned before that you are a lot like Amy, how much of her life did you take from your own?

I was arrested during my senior year of high school, not for the same reason Amy was, but that was where the kernel came from. I also had two best friends who were very much like Cassie and Lila. I also felt all the feelings that Amy feels when I was in high school, scared and alone and unsure, but with a desire to be heard, to be understood.

2) While I was reading Pretty Amy there were times where she frustrated me so much by the decisions that she was making, the same decision that lots of other kids her age make. Was there ever a point early on where you wanted her to realize the mistakes she was making but knew that you had to let the story unfold?

Well I think teens need to go through a lot before they learn lessons. Being a teenager is all about pushing boundaries, seeing how far you can go. There are different ways to do this and I will admit that Amy’s are more severe than some, but they had to be so that her stakes were higher. If the stakes weren’t as high, I don’t think it would have been as interesting and meaningful a story.

3) Like many others I feel like this is an important book for pre-teen, teens, parents, and teachers to read. How does that make you feel to know that your book has serious teaching possibilities?

Humbled, honestly. I wrote it hoping readers would take something away from it, but the response has been incredible. Being an Amy, it feels bizarre and amazing to have people saying that my book should be something that people should pay attention to.

4) Looking back now, if there is one thing you could say to your teen self what would it be?

You are worth so much more than you believe right now and one day you will see it.

5) What is one thing that you really want teens like Amy to know?

That they are not alone, that other people feel scared, alone, unsure, of who they are supposed to be and want to be. That there is a life after high school, that there is a life in high school and they can get there.

6) I would love to get to read more about Amy and she moves on in her life and continues to grow. Will we ever get to see anymore with Amy?

Well, I am playing around with a book with her in college, but there are no serious plans for that yet.

7) If you were Amy would you have fallen for a guy like Aaron or a guy like Joe?

I fell for both. My characters are definitely based on people I know and I dated both “Aaron” and “Joe” in high school. Several versions of Aaron and one of Joe :) .

8. What was your favorite moment at your prom?

I didn’t go to my prom, I think what was why I made it such a tough night for Amy. ;)

9) A what point in writing Pretty Amy did you realize that it had the possibility to get published?

Probably when I got my agent. She read it in a day- unheard of in publishing time- and loved, loved, loved it enough to call me and offer me representation two-days after I sent it to her. I was like hmmm… this could be something.

Thanks so much Lisa!

Here is a link to Goodreads that will give you some more information on Pretty Amy.