Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Mystery, LGBT
A lone witch has powers. A coven has a multitude more.
New girl and secret witch Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches-soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven is not alone in their small northwestern town.
The Triad is the other coven at their school. When the Triad’s not using spells to punish their exes or break up happy couples for fun, they practice dark magic. The two covens have a rivalry stretching all the way back to junior high.
When tragedy strikes and one of their own is murdered, the rival covens must band together to find out who is responsible before it’s too late. Someone’s anti-witch ideology has turned deadly . . . and one of them is next.
With an inclusive cast of teen witches who leap off the page with style, attitude, and charm, B*Witch is a singable read perfect for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mean Girls alike.
Paige McKenzie is a millennial hyphenate: a New York Timesbestselling author, YouTuber, actor, influencer, creator, artist, producer. Her first book series, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, was on the New York Times bestseller list for over a month. Paige is constantly creating. Her Etsy shop the Homebody Guild is full of her art and designs, and she is always updating it with new creations. Paige also interacts daily with her Sunshiners across a variety of media including YouTube (where she has over half a million subscribers), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Paige is a founding member of Coat Tail Productions, with three projects in active development. Paige lives in Portland, Oregon with the love of her life, a seven-pound Chihuahua named Pongo.
Nancy Ohlin was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States when she was nine. She has written, ghostwritten, or collaborated on over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults, including her YA novels Consent, Beauty, and Always, Forever (Simon & Schuster). Most recently, she collaborated with Paige on The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (Hachette Books), Quvenzhané Wallis on the Shai and Emmie chapter book series (Simon & Schuster), and Chloé Lukasiak on her forthcoming memoir Girl on Pointe: Chloe’s Guide to Taking on the World (Bloomsbury). Learn more at nancyohlin.com and on Twitter (@nancyohlin).
LAUNCH PARTY – FREE EVENT
Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin will be doing a virtual launch event for B*WITCH with Powell’s on July 7 at 5:00 pm (PST). They will be in conversation with E. Latimer (author of WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN). Readers can attend from all over the world by registering here . Signed bookplates will be available to those who purchase B*WITCH through this event.
Has being quarantined changed your writing process? Have you become more or less focused?
Being quarantined has definitely changed our writing process. We finished B*WITCH pre-pandemic, but we have been writing the sequel during the pandemic, and it’s been a difficult ride.
So much of one’s writing routine involves showing up to the page and staying with it. For the two of us as authors, we need to sit down at our desks and really focus on the scene we’re writing for several hours at a stretch, and if anything distracts us, we lose our place, so to speak. Someone once described writing as having to run a mile before you can actually begin to put words to paper—sort of a warm-up routine—but then once you finish that mile and proceed with the writing, every time you’re interrupted, you need to go back to the starting line and run that mile again. The two of us can definitely relate!
The pandemic has thrown a big wrench into all of that. But we absolutely want to acknowledge that we are incredibly fortunate and privileged because we have the luxury of working from our homes versus on the front lines as essential workers. We’ve been so lucky, too, because we have access to good healthcare and food, and we can pay our bills. We can’t imagine what it would be like to try to write a book without having adequate health, healthcare, food, or money for basic needs. For us, it’s difficult enough to focus on our chapters when the news is so devastating on so many fronts, not just with the pandemic but with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many other Black Americans, and all the protests and pain and grief. It’s definitely hard to concentrate on crafting words when so much bad is happening.
So … not being distracted, and not being in despair, have been two major challenges to the writing. The two of us often have to convince ourselves, mid-scene, that this scene matters, even if it’s about something light or funny that’s not going to solve the problems of the world. Does a fictional conversation between fictional characters about make-up or cats or magical pranks really matter when real people are suffering? We’re not the first authors to address this question; artists have been creating in the face of pandemics and wars and other tragedies throughout history. And in that sense, we keep pushing on because art matters. Books matter. Stories matter. Somehow, we have to balance helping others and fostering change with creating, inspiring, and entertaining. Hopefully the two of us will have achieved a little bit of that with B*WITCH.