Monday, November 18, 2013

This Wicked Game Blog Tour

This Wicked Game
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: November 14, 2013

Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.
The voodoo business.
Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.
She doesn’t believe.
Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.
But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.
Including her own.
As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her
What were your three favorite things about writing This Wicked Game?
1. Researching New Orleans, Louisiana and Voodoo.
2. Being completely immersed in so rich a setting.
3. Working in a contemporary time period (my previous books were all Gothic and set in the 1890s).

What was your least favorite thing?
Because of a delay with my publishing house, I had less than a month, start to finish, to write the book. Nice to know I can do it, but not something I'm anxious to repeat!

How was writing This Wicked Game different or similar to writing your previous novels?
My other books were set in worlds were the paranormal aspect was more or less accepted. With This Wicked Game, I was walking a much thinner line between reality and the supernatural, both because Voodoo is still practiced today and because Clare, my main character, doesn't believe in the craft that's part of her family lineage. Setting was also much more important and detailed here, which meant that I had to spend a lot more time on little things like streets that intersect, the architecture of old New Orleans homes, and the kinds of stores that are common in certain districts of the city. 
What does your writing space look like or consist of?

My writing space is an in-home office adjacent to my bedroom. It's my sanctuary, although somewhat spare. I work, practice yoga, and meditate there, and I'm always overrun with boxes of swag and foreign editions. My work is published in over 30 countries and I receive complimentary copies of each edition -- it's a lot of books! Someday I'll have to invest in proper decor, bookshelves, etc., but it's functional and comfortable and those are really the only things that matter to me.

If This Wicked Game had a theme song what would it be?
Wicked Game by Chris Isaac, of course. Dark and very sexy. ;)

About The Author
Michelle Zink is author of the Gothic fantasy series, Prophecy of the Sisters (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) and A Temptation of Angels (Penguin/Dial). Her next book, This Wicked Game, releases November 14, 2013 (Penguin/Dial).
Learn more on Michelle's blog at


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  1. Wow! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!

    I am really excited about 'The Wicked Game' and so shall be adding it to my to-read list in a hurry x

  2. Great interview! I couldn't imagine being rushed to finish a book in under a month. Talk about stress! So glad you got it done though, because I can't wait to read this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  3. Awesome interview!! I've been dying to read this book for months now - thanks so much for the amazing giveaway! :)

  4. Thanks for holding this giveaway! Btw, is this international? :)

  5. This interview is amazing, I like looking at the place where author wrote the amazing book! Thanks for the giveraway!