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- How much of the book is realistic?
I write YA magical realism, which means I try to keep stories as realistic as possible, except for a single magical element. That one supernatural twist is at the heart of I Wish. Our hero, Grant, is a “genie” who belongs to a league of supernatural beings. They require him to act as real—as human—as possible. So he has supernatural powers, but he’s not supposed to use them, and resisting their use becomes a problem for him.
- What inspired you to write this particular book?
I Wish came about when two ideas intersected.
I knew someone who was paralyzed by mental illness while her children fumbled around, trying to support her. I wanted to write that story—and the idea grew into a major subplot for I Wish. This book is about a depressed woman who wants to be a good parent but just can’t—while her daughter, Lacey, steps into the void to take care of the family.
The intersecting idea was about giving a heroine two guys in her life who were both amazing—but in very different ways. She could pick either guy or decide to say no to both—and all three choices would make sense. The story is not really a love triangle, although too many good options create a huge conflict for Lacey. She has no time for dating—and yet there are two hot guys who might be interested. What does she do with that?
- How did you come up with the title?
This is a genie book. The word “WISH” just had to be in the title. Since the story has a major subplot about a daughter caring for her depressed mom, the title had to be wistful, not cute or fun. I tried several ideas. “I Wished” had too much attitude. “Wishful Thinking” was too light-hearted. I went with “I Wish” because it felt just right.
- If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
My teen says “Drama!” But I’d prefer a mash-up of all of those. LOVE ACTUALLY is one of my favorite films—and it has storylines with love in all of its varied forms. Sad, poignant, sweet, harsh, joyful, unrequited, eternal. I can’t get enough of a movie like that—lots of characters, action, and emotion—all weaving together into a whole. I hope that describes my life.
- Did you see writing as a career?
No, not at all. Both of my kids were in elementary school before the thought ever entered my brain. I’ve always loved math, majored in computer science in college, and worked in the software industry for a long time before I wondered if I could write a book. It’s crazy that I decided I could.
- Does Prince Charming exist?
Thousands of Prince Charmings exist. They sit next to you in class, smile at your ideas in meetings, hold the door for you at the store. They are good and kind and flawed and true—and when they love you and you love them back, there is nothing hotter in the world.
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he’s one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two daughters in college and one husband at home. When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
I Wish, the 1st book in her new YA magical realism series, released in November 2014. Whispers from the Past, the final book in her YA time-travel series Whisper Falls, released in October 2014. Learn more about Elizabeth at BLOGGER FACEBOOK elizabethLangston.net
It’s been a while since we’ve done one, so here is a giveaway supplied by out fab Elizabeth. enter the raffelcopter below between no and next Tuesday for a chance to win an e-book copy of I WISH (open internationally) or a signed copy of I WISH (open to US residents only).
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