Today we welcome Sunayna Prasad to the blog. She's letting us take a sneak peek into her new book A Curse of Mayhem and then answers a few questions so that we can get to know her and her book a little bit better. Be sure to follow the tour for even more and ask her some of your own questions along the way. Best of luck in the giveaway!
History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself
It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…
Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.
In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.
Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.
Several hours had passed. It was now ninth period, the last one before school ended. Only twenty minutes remained until the bell rang.
However, thanks to the library closing because two classes had occupied it, Alyssa hadn’t gotten to hone her presentation skills. Even the teachers monitoring the hallway had forbidden her to practice there.
Today through Wednesday, the students would present on different literary elements in the last novel they’d read, Angelica: A Whale Princess. Alyssa had been assigned to discuss the themes and morals of the book.
Mr. Godfrey, the teacher, had picked students randomly to read their brief speeches today, tomorrow, or Wednesday. Alyssa had been assigned for today. So, her stomach made several knots as she watched Sydney present on the characters from the book.
Usually, Mr. Godfrey had a more easygoing attitude toward the class. On his birthday last month, he hadn’t given homework. For the first assignment of the year, he’d played a game with the class to help them prepare for a quiz.
Alyssa wished that he’d let her and everyone else pick when they’d wanted to go—or he could’ve at least chosen the bravest speakers for today. She assumed that Mr. Godfrey knew that many children stuttered, hesitated, or got words wrong when having to present in front of crowds.
Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.
A 13-year-old girl is cursed with sorcery that she cannot control and needs to remove.What was the inspiration behind this book?
A chunk of the inspiration came from the movies, “Frozen” and “ParaNorman”What kind of research did you have to do for it?
How detention works in schools (since I never had detention… ever!) and a bit about the Puritans, although some of it I already studied in junior high.Which character was your favorite to write?
My main character’s godfather, Alex, as he is sweet and nurturing. He is developed the way I’d want my ideal caregiver to be.What was one of your favorite scenes?
Any scene where my MC’s godfather comforts her after something terrible has happened has always been enjoyable for me to write.Will we see these characters again?
Yes, we will see my MC, her godfather, friends, dog, and mentor in future works.How do you make yourself stand out in this genre?
The book is a modern-day, American fantasy, where even wizards use modern technology, far more advanced than the regular kind.Tell us about your other published works.
There is Book 1, “The Frights of Fiji,” where my MC discovers magic’s existence and is abducted to Fiji, where she must fight against dangers in order to leave.On what are you currently working?
Book 3 of my “Magical Missions” series. I’m hoping to publish it by this spring.What are you currently reading? Up next on your TBR?
“Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson. I will probably read another one of his books.
Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji, formerly titled as From Frights to Flaws. She is passionate about modern life, fantasy, and world-building. Aside from her website, she also has a blog about different creative and entertaining topics, including fiction and writing, called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Sunayna has graduated from college in May 2017. She lives in Long Island, NY.
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