Author Spotlight: Adriana Mather

When I think of October, I think of Halloween, and because I grew up just north of Boston, I also think of Salem. My favorite book from 2016 was How to Hang a Witch, set in Salem. Well, its sequel Haunting the Deep just came out a few days ago, and I’m overjoyed and thrilled to be spotlighting Adriana Mather, the author of these books!

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Adriana Mather is the New York Times bestselling author of “How to Hang a Witch,” and has family roots that go back to the Salem Witch Trials, the Revolutionary War, and yes, the Titanic.  She is also an actor, as well as the co-owner of Zombot Pictures, a production company that makes feature films. Adriana lives in Los Angeles.

Hello, Adriana! Tell us all sorts of stuff about your book!

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What is your book about?

Ghosts from the Titanic, a pinch of magic, and a mystery set in old creaky houses in Salem, MA.

 

How did you come up with the story?

It was inspired by a letter I found in my grandmother’s desk that recounted how my relatives survived the Titanic. The moment I read it, I knew I couldn’t resist writing a mystery about it.

 

Which character(s) do you most identify with and why?

I love Alice. She’s straightforward with an acerbic wit. And even though she’s difficult and suspicious, she’s an incredibly loyal friend.

 

Like the main character Samantha, you’re a descendant of someone who figured prominently in the Witch Trials of Salem. Did this make writing the book easier, or was it more challenging?

More complicated – I really wanted to understand my family history, dissect the mistakes that were made, and then transpose it all into a relatable modern context where they could be questioned and learned from.

 

Have you been to Salem since writing the book? What has changed? What has stayed the same?

I go every year! It’s the absolute best. Little things change, but the heart of the town is its history and historical buildings. Walking around the cobblestoned streets and looking at houses that are painted entirely black (I’d never seen this before) is always a joy.

 

What is your writing process like?

I write in bed with my cats and coffee/tea. I really love to write for long periods of time – weeks or months on end. If I’m in the middle of crafting a story, it’s hard for me to think about much else. I particularly enjoy the beginning of the process when I’m first crafting the idea, but the best work is probably done in the end with revisions.

 

What do you snack on while you write?

Ice cream. I live way too close to this artisanal creamery and I’m obsessed with it. Also, kettle corn, guac, and lots of juices/smoothies.

 

What are you working on now?

A brand new series in which a girl named November is shipped off to a secret boarding school that boasts an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. When a student is found murdered, November is the main suspect.

 

What are some of your favorite books? Who are some of your favorite authors?

It’s nearly impossible for me to list my favorite books. I always worry that I’m going to leave some out. But I can tell you a few recently written books that I love. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace, Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jess Cluess, and The Rattled Bones by Shannon Parker. They are a great mixture of drama, spookiness, adventure, and princess romance.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I make movies. I just shot the feature We Are Boats in May. And I Travel. I’m headed to Scotland in November to hang out in castles (and go to some Harry Potter sites of course!).

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Thanks for dropping by, Adriana!

You can connect with Adriana on Twitter and Facebook.

The new book is Haunting the Deep.

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It’s available in eBook and Paperback editions. By clicking on the “pre-order” or “buy” button in this link all the retailers are accessible!

Watch the awesome book trailer!

The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one.

This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship.

Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

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