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The Witchkin Murders  by Diana Pharaoh Francis  is on virtual book tour. The urban fantasy paranormal romance stops at Readero...

The Witchkin Murders by Diana Pharaoh Francis is on virtual book tour.

The urban fantasy paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

How did you come up with name of this book?
I didn’t have a working title for the longest time. Then I decided on: Gods and Monsters. Which has been used a lot and while it makes a terrific fitting title, it wasn’t going to work. So my editor and I did some brainstorming, and it came down to The Witchkin Murders. I’ve had a comment or two that people don’t think that’ the best title. I wonder if anybody here has thoughts on what they might have called it.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I always base characters on real people. Ish. What I mean is that I will take traits from a variety of people and mold them into a character. I take from people I like and people I don’t like, and a lot of them are mostly strangers because I’ll notice something really cool about someone’s speech or mannerisms and borrow that.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
I have the reins, but mostly I’m holding on while the story goes where it feels like it needs to. The characters tend to be true to themselves and so I think I know what they’ll do, but then they do something else and I have to wonder--is this really the right way to go? Or did the story just jump the shark? Most often, it’s totally within character and more what they’d do than what I originally imagined. That’s why I love my lizard brain. It thinks cool things while my conscious brain is busy trying to be logical and reasonable.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I am so good about telling you why you should read books by other people and I’m never good at my own, but I’ll give it a shot. First: you should read it for the story. It’s a roller-coaster ride with action, romance, humor, emotional punches to the gut, twists, a cool magic system, and you’ll enjoy every minute of the read. Second: you’re going to fall in love with Ray and Kayla and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. Three: for Nietzche-cheese and Itza-pops-a lot. No, I’m not going to explain those.  

Have you written any other books that are not published?
My trunk romance novel--the first novel I wrote that told me I could actually write and finish a novel. I have parts of other novels written, but none completed and unpublished. I’ve got a whole lot of them I still want to write however.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Fun question! I’m going to say cinnamon, clove, orange, and a bit of ginger. Lots of spice with an edge, but all of it working together.

What did you edit out of this book?
Oh so many things. Poorly written things, things that I repeated too much (aka hitting my reader over the head), stuff that didn’t make plot sense. I didn’t take any of the big pieces out, though.
Is there an writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?'-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

The Witchkin Murders
Magicfall Book 1
by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Four years ago, my world—the world—exploded with wild magic. The cherry on top of that crap cake? The supernatural world declared war on humans, and my life went straight to hell.
I used to be a detective, and a damned good one. Then Magicfall happened, and I changed along with the world. I’m witchkin now—something more than human or not quite human, depending on your perspective. To survive, I’ve become a scavenger, searching abandoned houses and stores for the everyday luxuries in short supply—tampons and peanut butter. Oh, how the mighty have fallen, but anything’s better than risking my secret.
Except, old habits die hard. When I discover a murder scene screaming with signs of black magic ritual, I know my days of hiding are over. Any chance I had of escaping my past with my secret intact is gone. Solving the witchkin murders is going to be the hardest case of my life, and not just because every second will torture me with reminders of how much I miss my old life and my partner, who hates my guts for abandoning the department.
But it’s time to suck it up, because if I screw this up, Portland will be wiped out, and I’m not going to let that happen. Hold on to your butts, Portland. Justice is coming, and I don’t take prisoners.

Diana Pharaoh Francis is the acclaimed author of a dozen novels of fantasy and urban fantasy. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and RT’s Best Urban Fantasy. The Witchkin Murders is the first book in her exciting new urban fantasy series—Magicfall.

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  1. Not my genre style but it's a good cover. Balanced, colors work well together, and good font choices.

  2. Like the colors on the cover - very cool


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