Where love and danger intertwine
By Erin Fanning
Available May 12, 2015 from Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…
Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.
About the Author:
Erin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of a mountain biking guidebook, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories.
How did you come up with the title, Blood Stitches?
At one point in the story, the main character, Gabby, and her soon-to-be-more-than-friend Frank are connected by magical yarn that threads in and out of their wrists, becoming blood stitches, so the title reflects that important part of the plot, as well as the danger Gabby and her friends face throughout the novella.
The book explores good and evil in the characters of Gabby and Esperanza, who also happen to be sisters. It’s never clear if Esperanza actually wants to give up her naughty ways. Were you ambiguous on purpose? If so, why?
I suppose I was unclear on purpose. I thought it would be more interesting to let the reader decide, but in my mind, Esperanza is definitely attracted to the dark, a pull she will always have to battle.
What is your writing process?
Current events and everyday encounters often get stuck in my imagination. Turkey vultures perched along the road look like a coven of witches or an ordinary tapestry resembles an opening to another world
These story ideas churn around in my brain for days, months, sometimes years, until they practically force their way out through my fingertips. Next I jot down several paragraphs or pages, whatever I can. Then I take a breath and make a rough outline of the plot and characters, filling in the blanks, and reworking it as I go.
What book has most influenced your life?
Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz series introduced me to novels, as well as fantasies. I spent many, many happy hours in grade school devouring the series. I credit him for giving me a lifelong fascination with writing and reading.
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