Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mark of the Witch by Jessica Gibson : The Interview

Magic flows through Jillian Proctor's veins as surely as blood, but so far her life outside Boston has been peaceful. William Morgan blows into Jilly's life like a hurricane, unleashing her magic and sending her out of control. Unknowingly, William brings an enemy who only wants to posses the power of the witch. Jilly must learn to harness her magic before she loses it - and everything in her life is destroyed.



1. What first made you fall in love with witches and magic?

The Wizard of Oz actually, when I saw that movie when I was 6 or 7, I was hooked. I read the entire series, and loved them all.

2. What are some of your favorite books and movie witches?

I love love love, the Gwen Sparks series by Stephanie Nelson! Also H.P. Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series is really good. Olivia Hardin’s Bend Bite Shift series has some really amazing witches in it too. I could go one forever lol, I love a good witchy book.

3. Practical Magic or Harry Potter?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. I adore Harry Potter, the books are amazing,and I’ve read the whole series through probably 3 times. The movies were fun too, I own all of them (not surprising right?) I think I’m going to say both on this one lol. Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies, I love Sally! She’s so strong for her sister and her children.

4. What you rather be, a good witch or a bad witch and why?

Probably a good witch, they still get to have all the fun, just without the consequences of being evil :)

5. Do you have a playlist for Mark of the Witch?

I listened to a lot of Christina Perri and Paramore while I was writing Mark of the Witch. Oh, and Apocalyptica, I loved the instrumental versions of Fade to Black and Nothing Else Matters.

6. What is your current writing project?

Right now I’m working on a few projects lol, story of my life. Chasing the Witch, the sequel to Mark of the Witch is finished, it will be going to the editor soon! I’m hoping to have it out in October at the latest. Currently I’m working on a vampire book titled Love and Blood, and a short story for an anthology due out around Christmas time featuring one of the vampires from Love and Blood. 

7. Tell us about the toughest scene you ever had to write.

Love scenes are the hardest for me. I’m good with blood and action, and all of that, but give me a love scene to write and I get squeamish. Author Belinda Boring said it best when she told me, “I want all the swoon without the body parts”.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What I Liked:

The sisters in this book were great characters and I loved the myth and magic theme. It reminded me a great deal of Practical Magic and you can't go wrong with that. One sister embraces magic and the family, while the other goes running for the hills. Jilly really touched my heart because she is so fierce. William adds a dark element to the story that adds some spice. (not telling!!!) The character development was great. Author Jessica Gibson has a flair for crafting some interesting spells and I am anxious to see how this series unfolds with the second book.

What I Didn't:

There were some flow issues and grammar usage that bothered me from time to time. Some of the dialogue was a little awkward, but there is great potential here.


This book is a great story for anyone who loves a witchy read. If you are a fan of stories with witchy sisters like Practical Magic, then this read is right up your alley. I will be watching for more books from this author and am very excited to see that there is another one due out soon! The only off points were flow can be a bit draggy at times and the dialogue needs to be a little more real, but all in all, it was a great read. The characters are wonderful, the plot a good one with some paranormal twists that make this a fun broomstick ride.



  1. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today. Mark of the Witch looks like it might be fun and I will definitely check it out further :)

  2. Thanks for having me on today Dana!!!