Kelley Armstrong is the author of the Women of the Otherworld series including Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic and Waking the Witch which feature Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine. Two very powerful witches in a world full of supernatural beings.
1. Tell us about your witch and the powers she has.
My primary witch is Paige Winterbourne. I have other main characters who are witches combined with other races (Eve Levine is also half demon and her daughter Savannah is also a sorcerer) but Paige is all witch. She has the ability to cast spells. In my fictional universe, that’s a hereditary power, but the witches must learn and practice the spells. The harder they are, the tougher they are to get right and the more “juice” they use.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your character?
I introduced Paige in the book before Dime Store Magic. I knew I wanted a witch character, so I started building her while, at the same time, deciding what witches would be like in my world. Because I’d just finished two books with Elena, one thing I wanted was to be sure Paige wasn’t just a witch version of the same character, so the two women ended up being very different!
3. If you had a magical ability - what would it be and why?
I would love to be a werewolf. What better thrill than to experience life in a different form? The secondary characteristics would be cool, too, but those "extras" also make it hard for werewolves to blend, so if I was being very practical, I'd go with a witch, though. Their powers take work to learn, but overall they have fewer drawbacks.
4. Who is your favorite TV or movie witch?
Well, if I can do any spell-casting female, I’d have to go with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She’s an awesome character—smart, powerful, loyal and yet flawed.
5. If you had a familiar what would it be (you can choose any animal) and what would you call him/her?
Good question! I’m terribly fond of wolves, but I’m not sure they’d make the best familiar. I think I’d go with a big cat, probably a mountain lion. As for a name…well, I have a mountain lion shifter in my teen series named Maya, so I’d amuse myself by naming my familiar the same thing.
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