We are so excited to start the new year off with Jessica Spotswood, whose trilogy of amazing historicals with witches, curses, and cults has finally come to an end. I picked up Born Wicked and didn’t put it down until I finished! She sent us a lovely package this summer filled with books and swag, and we’re so happy you guys get to read her books this year!
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
Can you tell us a little bit about the contemporary books you’re working on right now? How was it to end the Cahill Witch Chronicles and start something so different?
WILD SWANS is my first contemporary; it will be out next April. It’s about a girl named Ivy whose mother – who abandoned her when she was two – comes back home with the two half-sisters Ivy’s never met. There’s a family legacy of brilliant but unstable women, and a tattooed poet love interest.
This book is pretty different for me – contemporary, no magic, a really different voice, set in a small Eastern Shore college town. It was a challenge, especially after spending three books and four years writing from Cate’s point of view. I know what Cate would say or do, how she’d say it; I had to learn Ivy. But I’m really excited to share her story with readers! Continue reading