Debut Author Jessica Spotswood Interview & Giveaway

Stopping by PTB today is  debut author Jessica Spotswood. Born Wicked the first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles was released yesterday. 

The cover has been getting a lot of attention – how did you react the first time you saw it?
I loved it. I had no input; my editor called me at my then-day job so we could look at it together, and I shrieked and got a little teary because it was my name! on a book! I think it has a really lush, sensuous feel that I hope fits BW well. And the girl on the cover looks very like I picture Maura, the middle Cahill sister. (Also, I love the way the book feels with that soft-touch cover. I pet it a lot.)

Born Wicked is the second 2012 debut, that I have read that alludes to The Daughters of Persephone; how much Greek Mythology is tied into your series?
Not much, actually. The Brotherhood preaches that the witches are evil because they derived their powers from Persephone’s marriage to the devil -- but they have a list of other reasons witches are evil, too. The witches think Persephone came back to earth with foreknowledge from her time in Hades and her oracles were blessed ever after. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed Greek and Latin mythology; I took five years of Latin in high school.

How did you come up with the idea of three sister’s prophecy and their distinct powers?
This is tricky to answer without spoilers! I wanted to force Cate to wrestle with her understanding of her own magic and magic’s place in their world. She’s been told all her life that it’s wicked and wrong, and part of her believes that. At the beginning of the book, if she could give up magic and be an ordinary girl, she would do it in a heartbeat. The prophecy is so potentially important that it forces her to give up the notion of ever being ordinary, and makes her think about what she really wants for herself and her sisters. Throughout the trilogy, we’ll see her come to terms with being a witch and perhaps even doing some good with her magic. She might be able to help change the world for girls like her – but at what awful price? That kind of change always has a price, I think.

What has been your favorite experience so far about being a 2012 Debut author?
Meeting so many other booklovers! From bloggers and readers who enjoyed BORN WICKED and have taken the time to tell me, to booksellers I’ve met in DC and Boston and NYC, to other debut authors – I really enjoy hearing what everyone else is reading and what they loved.

What other 2012 debut has been your favorite read so far?
Ooh, hard question! There have been several that I’ve really enjoyed, but UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi is my favorite. It has wonderful world-building and fascinating dual points of view, and I love the way Aria and Perry grow past their initial misconceptions about each other.

Giveaway Time
One previously read ARC of Born Wicked and some Born Wicked Swag
  • To enter just leave us a comment about what part of the trailer or interview made you want to read Born Wicked.
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  • Contest ends 2/15


  1. I love this trailer! I love that she is into the gardener and the part with the feathers falling all around them is definitely intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway. I really can't wait to read this one!

  2. The trailer makes me want to read the book the most, all of it. Amazing book trailer. Really enjoyed the interview, too, and I'm curious about the sisters powers!

    Can't wait to read this one. :D


  3. My absolute favorite part is where she is fantasizing about kissing the gardener(?)and the music that plays is beautiful, so enticing. It sounds amazing, and the cover is amazing as well!
    Thanks for the giveaway and great interview!


  4. I really think most all of it made me want to read it! I've been wanting to read this for sometime and I really love mythology. I can't wait to pick this book up and start reading!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kelly - kellybsand89@hotmail.com

  5. The trailer was beautifully made! I think the pull for me was the idea of secrets and rebelling against what one was born and bred to do. I've read many books like this and i always like see how each one turns out :)
    Thanks for the ARC giveaway! So nice :)

    Alyssa S.

  6. Great interview! I've had my eye on Born Wicked for what's felt like forever. It's funny one of the questions was about the cover, because that's immediately what drew me into Born Wicked. And the recent praise about it just makes me want to read it more! And the author seems so lovely. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    Krista R - kmritchie02 at gmail dot com

  7. I really enjoy these author interviews. I enjoyed reading about how she felt the first time she saw the cover. (I think it looks awesome, btw.) I'm intrigued by the conversation about the sisters' powers. Sounds like a very interesting book!

  8. Everything about the trailer makes me want to read it. That and all of the reviews on the blogs. Cannot wait!


  9. OH MAN!!!!! i already wanted to read this book, but after watching that trailer, I WANT IT NOW!!!!!!! wow!!!!! i love withy books and this one just sounds soooooo good!!!!! dam!!!!!


  10. great giveaway
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  11. My favorite part is when she thinks about kissing Finn....le sigh....yea I would too.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. Oh, man. That trailer is fantastic. The voice overhead? The feather? The first words: "I ... am a witch"? Now I REALLY want my hands on that book now. Must. Get!

    Linda @ Fiction Fervor

  13. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  14. I loved the interview. I really like to read series about sisters, where each one has their own book. And I loved reading about Persephone in Radiant Darkness (different author) and am looking forward to reading about other takes on the Persephone myth. I'd love to win a copy of this book, thanks for the giveaway! amy dot swihart at gmail dot com is my email.

  15. Eeek! I loved the trailer! I want to read Born Wicked so badly. What has me most excited was the trailer, the kissing scenes.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I've wanted to read Born Wicked since i've first heard about it and both the trailer and interview makes me want to read it even more! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I like the part in the trailer with the feathers falling around them. I enjoyed the interview.


  18. I love the Part were she is kissing the gardener and feathers and glitter is falling from the sky. But the whole trailer is so awesome.


  19. I am not a huge fan of book trailers but this is one of the better ones! It definitely gives you a feel for what the book is about and draws you in, from her watching the gardener, to the kiss with the falling feathers. :)

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  21. Really cool trailer. I thought the falling feathers was a nice touch! I want to read it because of what she said, how is she going to keep all her secrets???

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  22. I love the time period and the forbidden romance. Man, I can't wait to read this book!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  23. I love that a historical is getting so much mainstream love, and the trailer was really well-produced. The cover is awesome, too. Thanks!
    bookwormoakes AT yahoo DOT com

  24. I also liked the question about the cover :) The cover's been what's drawn me to this book! Thanks!

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

  25. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the cover of this book. It captivated me the first time I saw it, and I think it may very well be one of the prettiest covers of 2012!

    As far as the book trailer - I loved the feathers! :-) (Apparently, so did everyone else!)


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  27. I love the trailer the part is when she thinks about kissing him! I really like the cover of the book. I really wanted to read this book, but now that I saw that trailer, I'm dying to read the book!!!


  28. The Born Wicked trailer is one of my favorites so far this year. It definitely did its job to convince me to pick up the book! It looks like such a fun historical fantasy with some serious eye candy!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to reading this one!


  29. I loved the cover and I think its funny that she pets it. I enjoyed the trailer as well!

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  31. Actually, the cover is the reason that I've always wanted to read this book, and it's STILL the reason! The description sounds amazing, but the cover caught my eye! I did love the trailer, too! I love anything having to do with mythology, and Persephone is one of my favorites:) Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  32. Ooh, fantastic interview! I've been dying to read this, and the whole interview just makes me want to read it more. I also did not realize that this had allusions to Greek mythology as well, that's awesome! :D

  33. The whole trailer is amazing and makes me want to read this. And the cover is soooo beautiful! Thanks for the chance.


  34. Oooo, I've been looking forward to this book for so long! I didn't know that it's based on Greek mythology though. That makes me want to read it soooo much more!! (I'm obsessed with Greek mythology.) Thanks for the giveaway and I can't wait to read this book!! :D
    melocin94 at aol dot com

  35. I'm now curious about the powers as well!!!!!

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  36. I don't know if this counts but I have been hearing some stuff about Finn. He sounds like an interesting character. I took a quiz and they said he would be a good fit. So now I am rather curious I need to read the book and find out why.

  37. I absolutely adore the part in the book trailer where they are kissing, it makes me wonder: Is this real? Is it a daydream? It obviously seems like a romance with a clash between social systems! I’m so eager to read it!


  38. I love Jessica's answers--especially when she admits to petting the cover a lot. I DO THAT ALL THE TIME! Ah! Born Wicked sounds so good. :)


  39. I love the cover and the storyline and the trailer is great! i can't wait to read it!


  40. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I'd love to enter! I've heard amazing things about BORN WICKED, but the part of this interview that most makes me want to read it is everything Jessica said about the prophecy. I've had a thing for them since Harry Potter, and this one sounds equally intriguing. (I wish I could see the trailer, but it won't work for me for some odd reason. :/ )


  41. I love the trailer...so magical...and thank you Jessica for no spoilers in the interview!!!

    Please enter me!

    melissaseclecticbookshelf at gmail dot com

  42. My favorite part of the book trailer is when she is daydreaming about the gardener.



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