Today’s post is for Tim Hemlin’s Son of a Kitchen Witch. We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Tim. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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As if being a high school student isn’t already hard enough, Bobby Hawthorne and his best friend, Angelina Dellapicallo, struggle to understand the emerging secrets of witchcraft and magic – secrets strictly guarded by Bobby’s overprotective mother and her friends. The unexpected appearance of his spirited grandfather, though, sets in motion a series of events that sweep the young teens down a dangerous path, one inhabited by an ancient evil that threatens not only Bobby and Angelina but their whole community of witches as well.
Pixies can’t stop the hellhounds . . . but they have sounded the alarm . . . and the magic users must respond . . .
Tell us a little about your “real” (non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help from people or circumstances?
By day I’m a high school counselor, a job I really love. It certainly keeps me busy, and I’m often too tired at night to get much writing in, so I get up at 4AM every weekday in order to pound out my 500 words (often more). Sleep is overrated anyway. I will say that working in education for nearly 25 years has not only kept me young, but it has offered sparks of inspiration, which helped me to write Son of a Kitchen Witch. As a side note, I began the novel when my youngest son was still in high school, so I stole some things while observing him.
Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
My stress relief is running and watching sports. I’ve run six marathons, 7 half marathons, a few 25Ks and 30Ks, among others. My latest was the New Orleans Half Marathon, which was a blast. Not only that it was on Super Bowl Sunday, and I’m a big Patriots fan. It was a good day for me. I’m also a diehard Red Sox fan. I’ve lived in Houston for 35 years now, but I grew up just north of Boston and never lost my love for those teams. Shows the influence of childhood, I’d say. I do like the Astros, and I was a huge Luv Ya Blue Houston Oiler fan. One of life’s greatest disappointments came when they left town.
Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?
I don’t know a single writer who likes promotions. In an ideal world, we’d write our words and magically they’d draw readers like an aphrodisiac. That said, I think the best promotion is interacting with readers. And I will admit, I like to do that. I enjoy hearing from people why they liked one of my books, and I take it seriously when someone says he/she didn’t like something. As for print or ebooks, I personally favor the print, but then I’m rather old school. I still like holding it and flipping actual pages. That’s not to say I don’t read ebooks. I do. And ebooks make it so much more affordable to boost your library.
Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
Talk to librarians. Believe it or not, they LOVE books and if they love yours they will be the best promotional people for you on earth. Also, I still like doing old fashion book signings. It’s not a guarantee, but if people come out they will renew your faith in the written word and that all that time at 4AM is not in vain.
I will also do Face Book parties, where I line up other authors and try to bring in traffic. It’s a fun way of reconnecting with friends online, and readers will show up for these, too.
Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.
As if being in high school isn’t hard enough, imagine trying to explain to your girlfriend that your mother’s a witch, while your grandfather, the man you’d looked up to all your life, drops in to inform you that an ancient sect of witch hunters wants you dead. I’ve never had more fun writing anything than when I was writing this book. My main character Bobby Hawthorne is in for the ride of his life, and so was I!
Tim Hemlin has taught middle school English Language Arts in the Houston area for over 20 years and now puts his master’s degree in counseling to work as a high school counselor in the Fort Bend Independent School District. Besides running marathons, Hemlin enjoys cheering on his favorite sports teams—the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Cowboys. He currently lives with his family outside Houston, Texas.
Son of a Kitchen Witch is Hemlin’s seventh full-length novel and is informed by the decades he has spent as an educator in Houston-area public schools. Set in suburban-Houston, Son of a Kitchen Witch is a fast-paced urban fantasy about the teenage son of a witch and how he navigates the perilous terrain of young love, high school drama, and being hunted by a pack of hellhounds.
Tim Hemlin’s other works include the Houston-based Neil Marshall Mystery series and “The Wastelanders,” a dystopian-clifi novel about a futuristic world devoid of water.