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The Magick of Dark Root by April Aasheim‏

April Aasheim considers herself an ‘expert’ in the paranormal. Her mother dabbled in the occult and her father was a martial artist who believed that true power came from an unseen energy that you could tap into.

As a child, April claims to have lived in a haunted house and to have been visited by relatives who had passed on. To combat her frightening experiences, April spent her youth studying world religion including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Later, April branched out in her studies with a focus on psychology, anthropology, sociology, and the paranormal.

April is married with children and currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she spends her days writing, watching movies, and attending Zumba classes at her local gym.

The Magick of Dark Root is the second in The Daughters of Dark Root series, and her third novel.

Twitter: @aprilaasheim

“There are rules that must be followed, Maggie.”

“Even in witchcraft?”

“Especially in witchcraft. What someone puts into the world comes back to them.”

“You mean karma?”

“Like karma, yes. But for a witch it comes back threefold. Never forget that.”

“That doesn’t seem fair.”

“Who said life was fair?”

In the second installment of The Daughters of Dark Root series, Maggie Maddock and her sisters are back, training under their coven-leading mother Miss Sasha Shantay to take over as the new leaders of The Council. But life isn’t as smooth as Maggie had hoped it would be. Harvest Home’s taxes have come due, and her mother’s illness has returned, stronger than ever.

Desperate, Maggie and Eve devise a scheme to make money through witchcraft.

And that’s when things go terribly wrong.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The Magick of Dark Root is the sequel to The Witches of Dark Root. It is a continuation of the saga of the four Maddock sisters and their coven-leading mother Miss Sasha Shantay. I wrote it because, although the first book can be read as a standalone, people wanted to know what happened to Maggie and her sisters after the first book ended. The first book lays the groundwork for these ladies, while the second delves deeper into their lives in Dark Root.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took about 9 months. That included three drafts and an edit. Each time I accomplished a major task (like finishing a draft) I’d go out and celebrate. Then a few days later I would come back to it. Initially I write a few hours a day but as the story gets closer to being finished I can push 10 hours a day. Its so lovely and liberating when a project is completed and you feel good about it.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Writing helps me understand people and the world I live in better. When you are writing a character you become that character, and your empathy increases. I used to be a social worker and writing is just another way of healing people, yourself and your readers.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would be really cool to be Oprah for a day though, although I think I’d just spend the day lounging in her big house and checking out her shoe collection. Then I’d throw a big party that night and invite EVERYONE in her contact list. Can you imagine how many incredible people she knows?

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I just cleaned out my fridge two days ago. There were three containers of sour cream inside each with expiration dates over 6 months old. Maybe I need to stop buying sour cream.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
They will always get a fun read from me, no matter what story I’m telling. Relationships are very important in my stories, and not just male/female relationships, but family relationships, work environment relationships, etc. This is the root of women fiction and I hope to continue to grow and develop in this genre, be it paranormal or another romantic comedy.
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