Even as they make friends their days may be numbered.
Bruleé Le Crème. OK, longish story. Tea Times Three began life as a manga idea. I wanted to find an illustrator and have it be a 4 issue mini-series. It was going to be set in England and the three witches, in the great manga tradition of naming characters after food (that’s not a thing it just sounds good) I decided to name the three witches after deserts. So the oldest sister is Bruleé, then Anglaise (technically a sauce) and Caramel.
They are not historic in any way, shape, or form.
2) When and where is the story set?
Modern times Maine in a tiny town that I made up! It’s called Midswich (which also happens to be the name of the town in a book called The Midswich Cuckoos- better known in the US and Village of the Damned! I only just had this pointed out to me! And I’m not changing it now!) The town of Midswich Maine, it small and historic, it has a number of very old buildings, a couple going back as far as the Revolutionary War. It has made British style buildings mandatory so the whole town is designed to look like a quaint British Village. I based the idea on the town of Solvang CA which is Swedish in style and no doubt historic roots. But I don’t know that much about Solvang except I’ve been there a few times and if you ever go, do yourself a favor and get some aebleskiver.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Bruleé is a witch. She is the oldest of three sisters and a born optimist. She’s almost optimistic to a fault. She charges forward in everything she does and believes it will be all right. She’s not always right but she thinks she is. Her specialties are making magic teas and healing. Bruleé claims the smell of coffee gives her a headache and she has banned it from the house, much to Anglaise’s annoyance.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Bruleé and her sisters move to Midswich to start a business. They have little money after the death of their parents and their parent’s business failed, leaving behind considerable debt. Bruleé wants to keep her family together but if their business fails the sisters will part ways. Anglaise to pastry school and Caramel to her aunt.
While Midswich seemed perfect, the conservative Pastor Austin has plans to evict the sisters and their tea shop.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
She wants to make sure the family stays together. (I already said that didn’t I?? LOL!) She wants the tea shop to be a success and she wants to stay in Midswich.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
There wasn’t a working title for the novel. It’s always been the name of the tea shop the witches open which is ‘Tea Times Three’ because there are three sisters.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Sometime in 2015! I wish I could be more specific! It is in the editing queue at Black Opal Books but publishing moves slowly. In the mean time I will be posting more updates and even the first three chapters which were cut from the final manuscript! So fun stuff is coming! I just want to pace myself. I’m attempting to build buzz, but I have no idea if I can do it! LOL!
And I tag author Reggie Lutz! So check out her answers on Nov 25th!