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I’m very excited about the release “One Jar of Magic”, by Corey Ann Haydu and the chance to interview her and learn more about the book. I hope you enjoy our “chat” as much as I did!!!
Welcome, Corey! I’m so excited to talk to you about your new release, One Jar of Magic! Can you tell us about it?
ONE JAR OF MAGIC is about a girl, Rose Alice Anders, who has been told her whole life that she is destined to follow in her father’s footsteps and become the most magical girl in her whole town. She lives in a place that runs on magic that the townspeople capture in jars once a year, and when she fails to meet her destiny and capture a sufficient amount of magic, everything starts to fall apart for me. Her friendships are challenged, her whole standing in the community unravels and in that disarray, Rose starts to see new things about her family. Things that she maybe saw all along but didn’t want to tell anyone or even admit to herself. She sees a side of her father that isn’t in line with the magical, famous, beloved man he’s supposed to be. And in all of that change and unsteadiness, Rose has to figure out who she is, if she isn’t who she was told she’d be.
From where did the idea for the book come?
This book, maybe more than any others, came in bits and pieces. The jars of magic came first, and I had to find a story that fit with that magic system. Rose’s friendships came next– I really wanted to write about jealousy in friendship and feeling lonely and not good enough– things I’ve felt many times. But as I built out that part of the story, I realized I needed to tell a story about Rose’s family, and I very quickly understood that her family was one with difficult secrets, something I know about from my own childhood.
Do you have a favorite part?
This is so hard! I think my favorite scene is the scene on New Year’s Day, where Rose goes off to capture magic with everyone in her town. It was an early scene that I wrote in an early draft, that grew more complicated and layered and interesting over time, and I love what remains from the early draft and also how much changed as I got to know Rose.
Any challenges during the writing process?
There are always, always moments of being totally lost when I’m writing, being so unclear on what it is I’m trying to do or say, or if it will ever turn into a book. With this book, there wasn’t one huge moment of panic, but lots of little moments of being unsure. Luckily, my editor, Mabel Hsu, was a huge support and helped me every time I was unsure or lost or having some new, big, foundation-shifting idea that would change the direction of the book. I LOVE big foundation shifting ideas in my early drafts, I love thinking of a whole new way to tell the story, and luckily Mabel was so supportive of that, and able to help me make those wild ideas make sense.
If Rose (the lead character) could send a message to her readers, what would that be?
Trust yourself, even the you that is just simple, imperfect you. It’s a message I need to hear sometimes too.
Would that be Rose’s only tale, or can we expect to see her again in a future book?
I expect this might be Rose’s only story, but I never know for sure!
What books have you enjoyed lately?
Recently in middle grade, I’ve read and loved: THE ONLY BLACK GIRLS IN TOWN by Brandy Colbert; REDWOOD AND PONYTAIL by K.A. Holt; WE DREAM OF SPACE by Erin Entrada Kelly; and CLOUD AND WALLFISH by Anne Nesbet. I read a lot in YA and adult as well!
Do you have anything in the works?
Lots of things! I have a new YA novel in verse that I’m working on that follows multiple generations of mothers and daughters. I also have a new middle grade novel, TREE, that is based on the myth of Daphne and Apollo, and the last two books in my HAND-ME-DOWN MAGIC series, about a beautiful patchwork purse and a mysterious tea set. I am super proud of the series, and love spending time with the family that lives in those pages.
I always like to ask: Any favorite quote(s) from a book? It can be yours or by another author.
My very favorite literary quote is from Sylvia Plath, from her beautiful poem ELM. It’s a quote that’s given me strength and calm in difficult moments
I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root:
It is what you fear.
I do not fear it: I have been there.
Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Corey Ann Haydu, including One Jar of Magic.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
- A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic
- A hardcover copy of Eventown
- A hardcover copy of The Someday Suitcase
- A hardcover copy of Rules for Stealing Stars
Four (4) winners receive:
- A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic
The giveaway begins February 9, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends March 8, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
To purchase a copy of the book:
Find more about Corey and her other books : www.coreyannhaydu.com