IceyPick (5.4) — Win it! — The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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This month’s IceyPick is…
The Near Witch
The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab
288 pages
Publisher: HyperionTeen
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011

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Those of you who entered Answer it, Redesign it, and/or Blurb it, now’s your chance to win it! If you participated in one, you will receive one entry, two will be two entries and so on (yes, if you tweeted you received an additional entry).

So what do you have to do?

Nothing! Sit back and read the set of questions Victoria Schwab answered for us today and wait for the winner’s announcement on September 1st (just a head’s up, it’s the day of my blogoversary, so there will be a week or so of prizes to snag!).

IceyBooks: Describe Near Witch in 7-9 words for us.

Victoria Schwab: A village, a girl, a stranger, missing children, and magic.

IceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for Near Witch?

Victoria Schwab: The inspiration actually came from a line, “The wind on the moors is a tricky thing.” It came out of nowhere, and I did my best to ignore it because I didn’t have a story for it. But 6 months later I sat down and knew what to do.

IceyBooks: As a debut author, what advice do have to other aspiring young writers?

Victoria Schwab: Read, of course, but also, get used to putting yourself out there. If you’re serious about publication, you’re going to have to be willing to try. Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of rejection. You WILL get rejected. Possibly a lot. Learn, and press on.

IceyBooks: What’s your favorite hobby (besides reading and writing)?

Victoria Schwab: Exercise is a huge part of my life. It brings me sanity. I run or swim every day, and it is my version of meditation.

IceyBooks: What is your favorite part of nature, the sky, trees, wind, the earth…?

Victoria Schwab:Oh, the sky. I’m enthralled by the notion of something that never repeats itself, but it always there.

IceyBooks: What’s your favorite food? Favorite color?

Victoria Schwab: Favorite food: cookies. Favorite color: slate blue.

IceyBooks: As a follower of yours on twitter, I know all about you and cookies and narwhals. If there was anyone you could change places with, who would it be and why?

Victoria Schwab: No one. Honestly. Not because I have everything, but because no one does.

IceyBooks: Ooo, I love that line. Thanks for joining us today, is there anything else you would like to add?

Victoria Schwab: Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure, and I hope you all enjoy THE NEAR WITCH. I encourage you to read it at night and with a cup of tea. And maybe a cookie.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

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    August 22, 2011

    So how do I enter to win? It's so cool you are already a published author…I'm going to have to put your book on hold at my lirary.

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    August 22, 2011

    Nice interview Hafsah! =) Loved Schwab's words of wisdom for aspiring writers. Also, cookies are sooo yummy! =D

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    August 22, 2011

    Thanks for the interview! And just so you know, Victoria, I DID read it at night with a cup of tea! Sadly, no cookies :( I was in Italy and I read it in the middle of the night with the doors opening up to the balcony with the wind blowing on me. It was quite peaceful… until I started to get really scared and creeped out by parts of the story and then I was hearing creeks and other equally scary noises outside and basically I freaked out. Like FREAKED out. I must mention that this was from like 12 to 3:30 am. Afterwords I stayed up until the sun started rising and then I passed out. Haha – but it was such a good book!

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    August 22, 2011

    Great Interview! Mmmm Cookies!! I love cookies! Thank you for sharing!

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    Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    August 23, 2011

    I just loved this book so so so so much…I highly recommend it. Great Q and A with Victoria, Hafsah :)

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    Alison Can Read

    August 23, 2011

    Fab interview. I love exercising too – especially running. And I loved The Near Witch.

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    August 23, 2011

    Wow, for her to come up with her inspiration for her story based on that one line only is pretty impressive!

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    Nic @ Irresistible Reads

    August 23, 2011

    Awesome interview! I agree the sky is my favourite part of nature. Loving hearing about the inspiration too for The Near Witch :)

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    A Canadian Girl

    August 23, 2011

    It's always so interesting to hear where authors get their inspiration from. That one line paints such a vivid picture and I'm really happy that Victoria made the wind almost like a character. I don't think the book would have been the same if she hadn't.

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    August 24, 2011

    Awesome interview, Hafsah! Victoria gives brilliant advice for aspiring authors. I can't believe this whole story was born with just one sentence. Truly amazing. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks, Hafsah =D.

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    November 21, 2011

    Is that so?I thought that NEWFOUNDLAND was playing it ” COSEMST?
    That's what LADY RED 50 told YONNOS 113 and SAHARA RED 22.
    So what can we assume with this?
    Number 1…MELECO is talking.
    Number 2…DIRTY GUY is spilling.
    Number 3 ..LOLITA CUM is no longer wanting any HY- DICA.
    Number 4…ROBLESS PARK took a powder.
    And NUMBER 5….CK wants no more WITCHY SUMMER….
    I think it has something to do with BUMMYCHE.