Summer of Series: Lindsay Ribar Interview & Giveaway

I first met Lindsay at a diner with a ton of other bloggers, and I've been friends with her since. I'm very happy to welcome her to the blog today! I highly recommend checking out this series because, hello, genies!

The Fourth Wish
second in the The Art of Wishing series
Published July 31, 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books
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Here’s what Margo McKenna knows about genies:

She’s seen Aladdin more times than she can count; she’s made three wishes on a magic ring ; she’s even fallen head over heels in love with Oliver, the cute genie whose life she saved by fighting off his archenemy. But none of this prepared her for the shock of becoming a genie herself.

At a time when she's trying to figure out who she wants to be, Margo is forced to become whomever her master wants. Everything she's taken for granted—graduating from high school, going to college, performing in the school musical, even being a girl—is called into question. But she’s also coming into a power she never imagined she'd have.

How will Margo reconcile who she is with what she’s becoming? And where will she and Oliver stand when she's done?
Describe The Art of Wishing duology in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you.
Gender-bendy, genre-bendy duology about making wishes, making music, and making out. Oh, and stabbing!

What has been your favorite part of writing this series?
My favorite part was probably figuring out the rules of how genies worked. Sometimes I shaped the characters to fit the rules, sometimes vice versa, but the characters and the rules developed together, and that was a really fun process.

How did the idea behind The Art of Wishing come to you? Was it always meant to be a duology? 
The Art of Wishing started with one character: Oliver. I read a lot of paranormal romance, especially the ones that feature a human girl and a supernatural boy. But I started noticing that a lot of those romances contained a huge imbalance of power in the boy’s favor, just because he’s the one with magic. I wanted to find a way to turn that idea on its head – and that’s when the idea of genies occurred to me. A supernatural creature of immense power… who can only use his power when his master makes a wish. The result was that the imbalance of power tipped very much in the other direction, which gave me some really fun complications to play with.

This book was originally sold as the beginning of a trilogy, actually. I’d envisioned a story of huge scope, and I’d outlined it for my editor, who liked the idea. But there’s a huge difference between an idea that’s still safely in your head, and an idea that you’re trying to translate to the page. Long story short: The idea I had simply didn’t work. It was so large in scope that I grew bored with writing it – so my editor and I decided to simplify it, keep it intimate, keep it focused on the story of these two characters navigating their lives together. And the story I wanted to tell there – well, it only took two books to tell. Since there was no point in stretching it out to fill three books, I decided to go with two.

Since your series is complete, do you have any ideas for future works that you can share with us? Or is there any possibility that you may be revisiting this world?
I have no plans to revisit this world anytime soon, although never say never, I suppose. Right now, I’m editing a stand-alone dark paranormal YA called Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, about a seventeen-year-old boy who can reach into other people, via objects that they own, and steal parts of their personalities away. It’s tentatively due out in 2016.
Another side note from Lili: I freaking want this book! Gah!

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
YouTube videos of avalanches. (Not for the genie books.)

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Only one? Well, that’s hardly fair. How about one finished series and one unfinished series? In terms of finished series, I’ll recommend the Shade trilogy by Jeri Smith-Ready. Her writing is so beautiful, and the world-building and characters just feel so real to me. This is paranormal romance done right.
In terms of unfinished series, check out The Jewel by Amy Ewing. The first book came out in fall 2014, and it’s just so dark and twisted, and so imaginative. And, call me biased, but when I first met Ash, the narrator’s love interest, I couldn’t help but thinking that he and Oliver (my genie) would be very good friends.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
Iron Man. No question.

Meet the author!

I'm just sayin', this is probably one of my favorite author about me sections ever.


Lindsay is kind enough to offer the winner a choice between book 1 and book 2 as her giveaway.

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is to the US and Canada.

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  1. Describe The Art of Wishing duology in a tweet! 140 characters or less. I love that part of the interview