Friday, March 19, 2010
Alicia Dean tells us about the bizarre links between her new romantic suspense, Heart of the Witch, and The Wizard of Oz. She has also kindly offered to give away a copy to one lucky winner. Post a comment anytime between March 19th - 26th to win! BTW - Love this goth cover!
When I began writing Heart of the Witch, a dark and creepy paranormal romantic suspense about witches and a Tin Man villain, I knew some Wizard of Oz references would result. What I hadn’t counted on was all the odd (and yes, somewhat creepy) connections that would come about on my road to publication.
Just as I was finishing the manuscript, I moved, taking a transfer with my job from Oklahoma to Kansas.
One of the contests I entered before publishing was called the Emerald City Opener. Thing is, I didn’t enter it because of the contest name, didn’t even make the connection myself until I won first place and one of my friends commented on the coincidence.
Not long after Dorchester accepted my novel, I learned a few other interesting tidbits about the Wizard of Oz theme in relation to my book. Ray Bolger, who played the scarecrow in the original Wizard of Oz movie (but was first cast as the Tin Man) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Strangely enough, Neal McDonough, who played the Tin Man in the Sci-Fi series, Tin Man, was also born in Dorchester.
I hope these links are a positive sign that this was meant to be and good things will come of it. On the other hand, when witches are involved, it’s just as likely to prognosticate some kind of hex.
There’s another Wizard of Oz connection in the book, although this one was intentional. Jay Haleck is one of the characters in Heart of the Witch. His name is a scrambled version of Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man.
Here’s hoping you enjoy my novel and that, somewhere along your journey down the yellow brick road, you find your very own wizard to grant your heart’s desire.
I have a new novel coming out in December with The Wild Rose Press, A Knight Before Christmas. It's a contemporary romance with an element of suspense. It's part of a three book series I'm doing with two other authors, Claire Ashgrove and Dyann Barr, whose books will be out the same month. My agent is currently shopping my latest book, which is a thriller with just a touch of romance.
Heart of the Witch is available through Dorchesterpub.com and all major book stores. My other titles are available through TheWildRosePress.com. You can check them out at my web site: AliciaDean.com. Also, I’m very excited about a new project coming through The Wild Rose Press and Audio Lark books. In April, two of my shorter titles, Truly Madly and Poetic Injustice, will be available as an audio download at Audiolark.com.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Alicia Dean -
Web Site: AliciaDean.com
Available now from Dorchesterpub.com
and all major bookstores...
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