A.J. Locke is an author and artist, originally from Trinidad, now residing in New York City. Black Widow Witch is her second published novel, and other than writing she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, graphic design, and watching too much television.
Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.
But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Oddly enough, the T.V. show Scrubs sparked my inspiration for this story. There was a cutaway scene where the main character J.D was fantasizing about his friend Turk being made of chocolate and took a bite out of him, then I started thinking about a character who was cursed to eat people and Black Widow Witch took shape from there.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
I had the first draft done in ten days.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love getting excited about an idea and fleshing it out into a story. I also love adding twists and turns to hopefully surprise readers.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Wow, thought about it for a while and could not think of any famous person I’d want to be! Lame answer but I’m happy being me =)
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Probably a box of baking soda…I’m sure it’s old enough to long be useless now, ha
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More books! I’m working on the sequel to my first novel, Affairs of the Dead, and I have other projects in mind. Who knows, there may even be a sequel to Black Widow Witch.
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