Can true love’s kiss break your heart…?
The spellbinding sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS by authors and sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She’s drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven; drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jack. But Merry’s not the only one whose fairy tale is over. Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So when strangers offering friendship show them a different path they’d be mad not to take it…Some rules were made to be broken, right?
The darkly magical sequel to THE WITCH’S KISS burns wickedly bright.
The Joy of Sequels
Guest Post by by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr
We’ve written in a previous post for Andy at The Pewter Wolf about how a second novel may – or may not – be harder to write than the first. But as any writer knows, the characters and the worlds you create in your writing are kind of like children: you love them, which is why you hope other people will love them too. So, regardless of the difficulty, there were several reasons why we were excited to write more about Merry, Leo and their world.
Exploring further the relationship between Merry and Leo
The sibling relationship is key for us: it has been from the first moment we thought of the story that became The Witch’s Kiss. In that first book, we saw Leo supporting Merry, finding ways to help her even though he isn’t magical himself. And at the end of the book they succeed: Gwydion’s curse is overthrown. But the success comes at a price. People deal with loss and death in different ways, so we wanted to explore how the deaths of Jack and Dan would affect Merry and Leo’s bond. Is their grief going to come between them, or will it allow other people to come between them? There is definitely more tension in their relationship in The Witch’s Tears, but we decided that was realistic given what they’ve both been through.
We also see Merry beginning to train as a witch for the first time in The Witch’s Kiss. Continuing the story allowed us to think about how the increasing demands of that training might affect her and Leo. Is Merry going to enjoy trying to catch up on more than four years’ worth of missed lessons? Is Leo going to start to resent the amount of time she spends on something that he can never participate in?
Exploring Merry and Leo’s world
We established in The Witch’s Kiss that witches are not the only type of magical practitioner in our world. That story includes two wizards – Gwydion and his master, Ranulf – both of whom are pretty appalling. But we don’t know whether they are representative. Writing The Witch’s Tears gave us the chance to think about this further. Are all wizards in this world evil? How do witches and wizards interact? Is there a hierarchy in magical society, and if so what does it look like? We’ve also been able to go deeper into the details of magic in this world. For example, the ways in which magic is codified, and the rules that exist about its use.
Ramping up the romance for both Merry and Leo
Merry didn’t get to spend much time with Jack, and Leo was in love with a friend who couldn’t love him back in the way he wanted. They are both looking for love (possibly not consciously to start off with) and they definitely both deserve love. So we were excited about providing more romantic opportunities for both siblings. As to whether these opportunities turn out well, you’ll have to wait and see – as the tagline on the front cover says, sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for…
Katharine and Elizabeth are sisters living near to each other in Surrey. They’ve both written on and off since childhood. Both read history at university (Cambridge and Warwick) and both worked as professionals in London (accountancy and law). Then they stopped working to raise families, not realising that children are far more demanding than clients or bosses. When they both decided to write novels – fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious they should do it together.
When Katharine’s not writing, she likes playing the harp, learning dead languages and embracing her inner nerd. When Elizabeth’s not writing, she likes sketching, dancing round the kitchen and plotting for more time free of children and cats. They can sometimes be found in one of their local coffee shops, arguing over which character to kill off next.
An introduction to The Witch’s Kiss (Book 1) by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr, can be found by clicking on this link HERE