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Tessa Gratton

Introducing: 2011 Debut Author Tessa Gratton

Name: Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: Summer 2011

BLOOD MAGIC synopsis:

For Nicholas Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.

Nick is a sarcastic city boy, angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri. Here, he can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing real answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.

In the cemetery between their houses, Nick watches Silla use three drops of her blood and ancient words to bring an autumn leaf back to life. The magic is real, and it promises power that can transform stone into water, heal flesh, and even resurrect the dead. Nick is too familiar with the dangers, but Silla throws herself whole-heartedly into them.

Now Josephine Darly, who has used the magic for her own selfish purposes for a hundred years, has come hunting the spell book. Josephine is a skilled body snatcher, able to use her blood to possess others. She wants the bones of Silla’s parents and the spellbook in order to make a spell that will let her live forever. If Silla and Nick want to stop Josephine, if they want a chance to be together and protect the ones they love, they’ll have to learn to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the power of blood.

What made you decide to be a writer?

I couldn't find any wizards to teach me how to use magic, and there isn't a market for dinosaur handlers these days. The only other way I can think of to play with magic and monsters is to write about them!

Favorite books/authors?

Beauty and Sunshine by Robin McKinley, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, PEEPS by Scott Westerfeld, and The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip

Morning person or a night owl?

Morning! I do all my best work before 8am.

PC or mac?


What did you have for dinner today?

Last night I had fish and chips and a delicious Smithwick's.

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.

1. I was born in Okinawa, Japan

2. I've translated BEOWULF into modern verse. It was hard, but oh so much fun. (Yeah, I know this makes me a total nerd.)

3. I write monthly short stories and give them away for free at Merry Fates dot Com. Six free stories each month, from me, Brenna Yovanoff, and Maggie Stiefvater.

4. I travel a lot! I lived in Japan during high school, and England during college, and visited tons of other countries with my family and friends.

5. But I settled in Lawrence, Kansas, with a horde of flying monkeys.

6. I adore rugby and am doing everything possible to get myself to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011. (It'll be a big year for me!)

7. I have a fascination with blood and violence. My most used nickname is "Blood Bunny."

8. When I'm stressed, I watch episodes of "Criminal Minds" over and over and over and over and over. I can't explain why a show about the deranged brains of serial killers calms me.

9. I have my BA in Gender Studies, and all but thesis of my MA in the same. I walked out of the program after two years when I realized that I didn't need the piece of paper to write awesome books for teenagers.

10. I have a weird tendency to stick things to my face. Like in the above icon. Probably because my dad used to stick Cheerios to me when I was a baby.

11. I enjoy drawing stick-figure cartoons making fun of my favorite books. Like this one I did for SHIVER.

So excited to be here!!!
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