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It's about two extraordinary nine-year olds from completely different backgrounds who develop a special friendship based on the one thing they have in common....magic!
Can you tell us about the characters?
Pocky: On the outside, she's your average , sweet, level-headed girl-next-door who has a talent for writing which lands her at Asher School For Gifted Children. However, there is one thing that separates her from her classmates.... she's magic! Only she has no idea why. Raised by her ordinary mortal grandmother, Pocky has a lot of questions about her background that nobody can seem to answer. Feeling alone in the world, it is a breath of fresh air when she meets Stamp.
Blevins: Stamp's quiet, observant familiar can say a lot with just a look! He can also shapeshift and will appear in many forms throughout the story.
Maggie Gumm: Pocky's roommate and friend... the groovy, quirky, somewhat paranoid daydream believer.
Brooklyn Meadows: Pocky and Maggie's no-nonsense friend who provides a nice balance to the two.
Rick Parker: Maggie's crush... the "school blonde-haired boy" who ultimately is a bully.
Mrs. Wheeler: One of the only two adult characters in the story. She is the glue that holds the gang together.
Grandma McGuire: Pocky's Grandma... the epitome of what a grandmother should be.
Is there a takeaway message from your book?
Don't judge a book by it's cover and don't be afraid to be yourself!
How did the Elizabeth Montgomery statue get a copy of your book?
That awesome photo was sent to us by Peter Alachi, a Broomsticks fan who lives in Salem. Peter also wrote a wonderful review of Broomsticks which he posted on Amazon.com. We are so grateful to Peter and everyone who took the time to post a review on Amazon.
You got an endorsement from Erin Murphy, tell us about that?
Erin is a sweetheart! As many of you know, she played Tabitha on the TV classic, Bewitched. I (Sean) first came in contact with Erin in 1996 when I designed a logo for her website. Years later, I wrote to her about Broomsticks and asked her if she'd mind taking a look at it. Well, she not only read the first book, but she also read the yet-to-be released second Broomsticks story and the synopsis for our third story. She loved the books and sent us a wonderful quote that now graces the back cover of Broomsticks. Keep in mind, she did all of this before we even had a publisher. Like I said, Erin's a sweetheart.!
Your books are now available in Salem, Massachussetts, can you comment?
WOO-HOO!!! How's that for a comment? But seriously, we are thrilled by the news! To be honest, we don't even know where in Salem that they are available. We sent out press releases and "how-to" order forms to every bookstore, gift shop, and witch museum shop in the Salem/Boston area. When you spend ten years looking for a publisher, you do a lot of marketing research. We learned that if you sign with a smaller publisher, you should concentrate on your hometown area unless there's a place or event that goes along with the theme of your book. Well, besides our hometown of Maysville, Kentucky, we could think of no better place than Salem to promote a book about a couple of witches. We have several Salem fans in our Broomstick Fan club on Facebook. Gosh, we even have a fan in Australia! We are so grateful for the support!
You told us about an art contest and giveaway? Can you tell us how this will work, where we can find more information, and if all the entries will be posted?
Yes! Thanks for mentioning it. We're really excited about it! We wanted to do something that kids could have fun doing and maybe spark their interest in the book. It's for kids between the ages of 5-12. All they have to do is draw a picture of Stamp & Pocky and mail it in. The winners will receive a signed copy of the book and will post the winners on our website, blog, and facebook page. Details and rules can be found on our blog. http://www.broomsticksbooks.blogspot.com/
What has the local response been to your book?
Phenomenal! For our first signing, we had people lined up outside the door and the store sold their entire inventory within 30 minutes! We had to get our personal inventory to sell it too! After that sold out...we had people lining up to place orders. It was great! After that, we had 3 more successful sell-out signings! We were in the newspaper, on the radio, and on TV. We did a reading at the local library. I (Katie) spoke at a women's club luncheon before it was even published. People are still asking about it and where they can get it. We are overwhelmed by the continued support we receive from our hometown, Maysville, Kentucky. We hope every new author out there is lucky enough to have a hometown like Maysville. We are truly Blessed.
What are the best and worst parts of being a published author?
The best part is the sense of accomplishment after years of trying and finally getting to introduce the world to our characters and our story! The kids we talk to blow us away! They are really into the book and ask us countless questions about the characters. Some even dressed as Stamp & Pocky for Halloween last year! Knowing that you've added a little fun and magic to someone's childhood... Nothing beats that! The worst part: There is no bad part of being a published author!
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|Left to Right--Antonio Thompson, Amy, Thompson, Sean McHugh, Katie McHugh Parker, and Charles Suddeth|
The Diversion Press Gang in Maysville, Kentucky.