Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Troglodytes Approve 5: Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (Interview + Giveaway)

The fifth book with my seal of approval...

Young Adult - Contemporary, Fantasy (Magic)
Published November 8th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.

Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother.

But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?
I got the chance to read Don't Expect Magic last year and I ended up loving it. It's one of my most favorite contemporary novels. The only difference in this book with the other contemporary novels I've read is that this contains 'magic'. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it taught me lessons about accepting who you really are and of course, the importance of family. In this book I learned that you can't be anyone else but yourself and it takes hard work and also time to get what you want because in real life, there's no fairy godmother/father and magic.

Here's a quote from the book:
"Everybody's screwed up in some ways but they get more screwed up when they try to change themselves." - Delaney

1. How did you come up with the idea of Don't Expect Magic?
Kathy: I’ve always liked books that riff on fairytales. Instead of writing a book where the teen protagonist is a twist on the familiar lead of a Cinderella story, I thought it would be fun to see what happened if I made her the fairy godmother instead. What would it mean for her to have to grant other people’s wishes when she had wishes of her own? That question helped me fuel the conflict and the development of Delaney’s character and her backstory.

2. Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, then what did you wanted to be?
Kathy: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I can remember! I started writing little illustrated poems as soon as I could write, around age 5.

3. Delaney Collins is an interesting and fun character. Do you see yourself in her? If you do, which trait/s remind you most of yourself?

Kathy: Delaney is a lot more outspoken and daring than I am. She says things and does things I wish I had the nerve to say and do! In that way, she’s like a wish fulfillment character for me.

4. On your blog, you mentioned that the sequel to Don’t Expect Magic, Who Needs Magic?, is going to be release in paperback this month. Are you excited?
Kathy: It’s always exciting when a new book comes out, even if it’s a different version of a book that’s already been published in another form! It gives me a good reason to promote it again, for one thing. Even better, when a book comes out in paperback, it opens it up to a wider audience, because bookstores carry paperbacks longer and paperbacks are more affordable to most people. I hope readers will find it, and if they haven’t read Don’t Expect Magic, will seek that book out as well.

5. What is the best part of being an author?
Kathy: Not having to dress up for work or go out to an office.

6. What can readers look forward to in your upcoming works?
Kathy: I’m currently revising a novel for adults and writing an original screenplay for the Disney Channel. I’m also developing a new idea for a book series for kids.

7. Recommend your books to the readers.
Kathy: Don’t Expect Magic and Who Needs Magic? are comic novels with a touch of fantasy and contain both humor and heart.

In the first book, Delaney deals with her discovery that she’s a fairy godmother, and the complications that ensue when she falls for the boy she’s supposed to be helping. However, the story is also about her struggle to heal her fractured relationship with her father. In the second, Delaney faces off against a rival teen fairy godmother. Sparks literally fly as a result. In both novels, I try to convey the message that it’s not magic that makes wishes come true, but accepting yourself as you are.

To Miss Kathy McCullough: thank you so much for letting me interview you! It's truly an honor.


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[INTL readers, if you know someone from the U.S. who can receive the book for you, then you can join! Just let me know thru Twitter or Email.]
[This giveaway is made possible by the author herself. Thank you so much, Miss Kathy!] 

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