Rachel Medhurst grew up in Surrey, England. She writes to prove that no matter where you come from, you can be anything you want to be. Your past may shape you, but it doesn't define you. When Rachel isn't writing, she can be found reading and walking in nature. As our Author of the Day, she tells us all about her book, The Witch With an Attitude.
Please give me a short introduction to what The Witch With an Attitude is about.
Following on from the first book, The Witch With An attitude is about Lyla Ford, a royal tracker witch who hasn't long known about her powers. She has joined the Federation of Magic, a secret organization run by her missing mother. Lyla becomes a bounty hunter, helping the Federation track a dangerous vampire who just so happens to claim that he knows the whereabouts of her mother.
What inspired you to write about a tracker witch for the Federation of Magic?
I've been writing investigative witch books for a while, but when I started this new series, I thought I'd make up a magical power that isn't often used. Being able to see through someone else's eyes is a talent that makes Lyla a powerful witch.
Tell us more about Lyla, what makes her tick?
Lyla believed she was human. Her mother tried to protect her from the dangers of being one of the last royal witches. In the process of this, Lyla became disconnected and struggled to have a connection with anyone. Until Tinniel, a hot sorcerer turns up, changing her world in more ways than one. Suddenly, a whole new world, and man, is making her tick.
This is the second book in the series. Can it be read as a standalone? How do the other books in the series tie in with this one?
It's better that the books are read in order. Each one has a smaller storyline where they're hunting the bad guy but the overall story arc runs from book 1 onwards.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
My secret skill is being able to write while my one-year-old naps on me. And sneaking chocolate so he can't see.
Which of your characters was the most challenging to create?
I found it more challenging to write Tinniel, Lyla's love interest. He's broody, handsome, but also caring. Trying to balance that can be challenging at times.
What did you have the most fun with while writing The Witch With an Attitude?
Her tracker powers. At first, she was just going to be able to sense where people were but as I wrote, the idea came to me that she could see through her target's eyes. And then I went further, making her strong enough to take control of their body. It was fun to push those magical boundaries.
What fascinates you about the paranormal?
Ever since I was a teenager, I've been reading books that transport me to a world that doesn't exist. Or does it? The characters in paranormal books have extra challenges to face. Plus, I love how out there I can be with magic etc.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
Now that I have a one-year-old, my writing day has changed drastically. I get up with him around 7 am. He watches some cartoons while I write before breakfast. When he naps, either once or twice a day, I'll get more writing done. My daily word goal is 1,000 words and I mostly hit that, despite hardly any sleep haha.
What are you working on right now?
I'm currently working on a wolf shifter romance called The Wolf's Witch. I haven't written full-on romance for a while so I'm having lots of fun.
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