FEATURED AUTHOR: ERIN JOHNSON
ABOUT THE BOOKOn the snowy road to the Earth Kingdom for the holidays, Imogen and the bakers are ambushed by Horace, villainous leader of the Badlands Army. They’re forced to detour to an idyllic, rural village, bedecked in lights, garlands and winter cheer . . . all a little too perfect to believe. At least that’s so for Imogen, who’s seeing burned out buildings and mysterious memorials that no one else seems to notice. Hank’s royal presence gets them invited to the big bash at the governor’s mansion. The night is filled with dancing, stolen kisses under the mistletoe and fun, until a guest is found dead in the cauldron of punch.
As bodies and mysteries pile up, all the evidence points to the vampire Francis as the culprit. The gang must come together to clear their friend’s name and save themselves from the angry villagers. Even worse, Imogen struggles with having to keep her relationship with Hank hidden, while working with him to find the real killer. As Imogen unearths more than a few town secrets, she finally solves the riddles of her past and discovers the truth of Horace’s pursuit of her. But will all the secrets be unraveled in time to stop the killer, or will Imogen and her friends suffer a monstrous fate?
Title: Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow
Author’s name: Erin Johnson
Genre: Cozy Witch Mystery , 4th in series
Publisher: Self-published (December 30, 2017)
Paperback: 264 pages
Touring with: Great Escapes Book Tours
INTERVIEW WITH ERIN JOHNSON
Erin, tell us about your series. Is this book a standalone, or do readers need to read the series in order?
I’d definitely recommend reading the books in order. The series is the Spells & Caramels series, following Imogen as she learns to wield her magic, while working in a palace bakery. There are some big reveals in this fourth book that will have much more impact if you’ve followed the story from the beginning.
Where’s home for you?
Home is where I grew up, Tempe, Arizona.
If you had an extra $100 a week to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
I would buy myself a massage . . . or some more travel. I can’t wait to go back to Japan.
What’s the dumbest purchase you’ve ever made?
Right out of college my sister and I wrote a screenplay together and decided we were going to go to Hollywood with it. To made ourselves official we bought a retainer for an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles to draw up our contracts. Haha! We never had any contracts, and got our money back, but looking back it was a pretty silly purchase. We were jumping the gun just a bit.
What makes you bored?
Anything repetitive where I don’t get to be creative. A college job in data entry comes to mind.
Do you have another job outside of writing?
I do! I teach Pilates and I run an amateur zoo. Just kidding, but I do have three rescue dogs and they’re a handful.
What brings you sheer delight?
Taking naps in the afternoon with my Labrador (she’s a great cuddler).
Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
So, this is weird . . . I’m laughing as I write this. Pandora was inspired by a contestant on Project Runway named Kentaro. My friend showed me this clip of him playing Tim Gunn a piano piece he’d written himself that was inspired by a dead cat he found in the street, and the whole interaction was so hilariously awkward I knew I had to work something like it into the book. So I wrote Pandora to be a funny mix of musically talented socialite and adorable weirdo, inspired by Kentaro.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have lots that I love, but right now, I’ll say J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, and Sarah J. Maas.
What book are you currently reading and in what format?
I am reading an ebook of H.Y.Hanna’s Witch Chocolate Fudge and loving it—the characters and the setting are so fun to get immersed in.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write?
I think the hardest thing I’ve had to write lately was a toast for my friend’s wedding. It’s tough to strike the right chord of sentimental, funny, genuine and most importantly, appropriate. I think it went over well though—he’s still talking to me!
Where is your favorite library, and what do you love about it?
I love the Suzzallo library at the University of Washington in Seattle. I wandered the campus with some friends on a trip there a couple of years ago, and a student asked if we’d like to tour the “Harry Potter” library. Um, yes. It lived up to its nickname.
OTHER BOOKS BY ERIN JOHNSON
Book 1: Seashells, Spells & Caramels
Book 2: Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts
Book 3: Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins
Link to series
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