Claudia Gray Answers Your ‘Spellcaster’ Questions

Claudia Gray is finally revealing some new info about the first book in her upcoming trilogy, Spellcaster. In two recent blog posts (Part 1 Part 2), she answered a lot of fan questions and revealed a bit about what to expect.

Spellcaster takes place in a small town named Captive’s Sound. There are female witches in this world, and their secret is zealously guarded from the men. Mothers teach their daughters who have been born with the gift  how to use their powers in secret. How powerful a witch becomes is based solely on her: how hard she works in training and her life experiences. Claudia likens being a witch in the Spellcaster world to being an Olympic gold medalist.

The series was inspired by Claudia’s short story, “I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend” in the anthology Vacations from HellSpellcaster takes place in that same world, but none of the characters are the same and the series is not quite as funny as the short.

There are three main characters: Nadia Caldani, Mateo Perez, and Verlaine Laughton. Nadia is a young witch smarting over her mother’s absence and its aftermath, like no one to teach her how to use her powers, more responsibility, and a move to a small town. Mateo is Captive’s Sound’s resident outcast. His family members have a habit of committing suicide, and when he begins to dream of the future, he knows the family curse will claim him soon. But not before there’s a little romance with Nadia.

Verlaine is such an outcast that other outcasts, like Mateo, won’t have anything to do with her. But, she may be the one person Nadia can trust if for no other reason than having no one to tell. All three characters are the focus of the series–according to Claudia, “this comes much closer to being an ensemble piece than anything else I’ve written to date.” Even the romance is spread out evenly since Verlaine will eventually get a love interest too (and it’s not Mateo–noooo love triangles for these three).

Why will we love them? According to Claudia:

I think anybody who’s had to deal with way too much, way too soon in life, and sometimes feels like the pressure is too much, will relate to Nadia. I think anybody who has felt judged, like they need to break free of what people think about them and just be who they are, will sympathize with Mateo. And I think anybody who’s dealt with enduring loneliness will understand Verlaine.

But what Claudia is really loving is the villain, who is a lot of fun to write.

The second book in the trilogy is Steadfast and is being written as we speak. Spellcaster will release on March 5, 2013.

In case you haven’t read it, here’s the book blurb:

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed – and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel is sure to draw fans of the Hex Hall and Caster Chronicles series, and fans of the hit CW TV show The Secret Circle.

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  1. my name is naevia I will love to share my testimony with all my viewers because I never thought I would have another chance with my husband, the man I so much love, he left me for another woman, and when I called him, he never picked my calls, he deleted me on his face book account and then set the status to having a lady with the other chick. I was devastated. I went to three spell casters before I met Dr jujuman. Who help me get all my lost hope. I lost a lot of money with them and got no results. So when I came to Dr jujuman, I was really leery of him and didn’t think he could help me. I though it is too good to be true, because all the other spell casters were supposedly good and none of them helped me. I saw the testimonials and read the other testimonials and decided to get the consultation. He said he could help me, but my chances of getting my ex were very low and he didn’t recommend it at all. But I insisted that he at least give me the chance to work with him and try and if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be upset and I would move on with my life. He agreed. Since he is in jersey and am in need, I decided I would go in person to have my spells cast. He is a really sweet and gentle man, when I met him I was really surprised. He looks very young, and I had my doubts whether or not he would be able to help me. But I figured I came all that way and I said I would try so I tried it. He called a spirit to talk with me and do the work, it was a woman spirit and when it came it totally transformed Dr’s face. That is when I thought to myself that it might just work. The spirit gave me some advice and did the spells. I had a separation spell and a reunion spell done. The spirit said it would take a while for my ex to leave his new girl but once he did, he would come to me very quickly. She gave me some things to take home and do. I did them, but I was really nervous. I think I messed up a few times and I told her and she said just keep going and I would be fine. So I did. It was like 6 or 7 weeks later and I saw that my ex unblocked me from facebook. I saw he had changed his status again to single. So I was super excited because I took this to mean that he had split up with the other girl. About 10,days after that my ex called me. At first, it was weird between us. He wanted to see me. So I went to meet up with him. He didn’t ask me back then. I got very anxious and told t, and she said to stay calm and everything would turn out okay. So I did the best I could although I was still worried. We met up a few more times after that, and still he didn’t ask me back out. So I got a consultation with Doctor and he said to expect my ex to ask me back out within two weeks from the consultation. I listened, but I wasn’t sure it would happen. Then it was almost 2 weeks later, and I though, damn, Doctor was wrong. But the next day (there was like 2 days left from it being 2 weeks) my ex called and we got together. He asked me if I would be willing to try our relationship again, which of course I said yes. That was about 3 weeks ago, and so far we have been doing okay, we still have a lot of things to work out, but I am very happy. dr jujuman is the real deal and I am so glad that I found him and I recommend him to anyone who needs help. Thank you so much doctor you saved my life!
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  4. Hello, my name is angel I can’t hide this amazing testimony that took place in my life. A powerful spell-caster named Dr. Alimosho helped me to bring back my love who left me while I was six months pregnant and went on a peace keeping mission in Holland. We both love each other and it was a shock to me and it really broke my heart. I tried to call him and both of his lines were disconnected. I tried to reach him on social networks but he deleted me off of them. I tried to reach his parents and they told me that their son said that he does not love me and does not want to see me and they do not know what is wrong. I cried and cried everyday because I loved him very much. Until I gave birth and the baby was one year old, I could not get my love back. Again, I was confused. I do not know what to do and I also lost my job and I have no money to take care of the baby. I was miserable in life so I cried to my sister and told her my problem and said that she knew of one powerful spell caster that helped her when she could not get pregnant. I contacted him by email and he said he will help me and told me that a woman cast a spell upon my man and said he will help me break the spell so my man will come back to me and be mine forever. It was a great surprise to me that everything that he said came to pass. My man came back to me immediately, saying that I should forgive him. I am sending a very big thank you to this powerful and real spell caster. I pray for him to live long and do more of his wonderful work. If you have any kind of problem disturbing you in life, you have to contact this powerful spell caster! He can help you.contact him through this email;alimoshospelltemple@gmail.com

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