Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Incantation Paradox by Annamaria Bazzi Blog Tour

Magic is an illusion. It doesn’t really exist. Or does it?

A horrible car accident destroys Dolores Reynard’s life. But instead of waking up in a hospital bed, she awakens in a teenager’s body. Soon, she discovers she is at the heart of the murderous mystery surrounding the death of Mona, the young girl whose body she occupies. Caught between an evil greater than she ever imagined and a wizard who heals her tattered heart, she is forced to play a dangerous game of intrigue in the hopes of finding a way to return to her previous life.

Will magic be her ally, or will it lead to her demise once and for all.

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We managed to capture...invite..Annamaria to come sit in our hot seat and be grilled...interviewed. Here's what she revealed.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I enjoy writing a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, with a dash of romance all mixed together. Although with White Swans I also threw in historical fiction since the novel takes place in a world mimicking the Regency Period. Yes, even though it is fantasy, I’ve tried to stay as close as possible to real facts.

I love magic and everything magic hence I enjoy writing fantasy. I’m enthralled with science fiction, the aliens, the theoretical physics, space…it really fuels my imagination. But in whatever genre I write, romance has to always be a part of it because in real life everyone experiences romance. If a little romance is not in the novel it just doesn’t seem real to me.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
For me personally, the hard part is finding the time to sit down and write. Family and day job come first and many times when evening comes, I’m too tired to really concentrate on writing new material. On Saturdays, I get up very early just so I can get a few hours of good writing in, then its off to do all the chores I have no time for during the week like grocery shopping.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
In some ways Dolores is like me because as I wrote the story I always thought, what would I do in such a situation? If in many instances, Dolores seems a bit young in her reactions, well, I have two reasons for that, one, I forgot to grow up, and two, I always had to bring in the emotions of a teen.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
The story didn’t really need much research. The only thing I needed to make sure was accurate was the Jefferson Hotel and the streets around it, the name of the Richmond Airport (RIC) and what a suit looks like at the hotel. Can Can is also a real French restaurant found in the Cary Town district in downtown Richmond. These were the only element I needed to look up.

What about your book makes it special?
The idea of the body switch is neither new nor special, but all the elements of magic, intrigue, and murder combine to present a unique version of Big and Freaky Friday. The antagonist’s flourish of evil mixed with irresistible beauty gives me a unique flavor.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
People can visit my blog annamaria’s writing corner or my web site Bringing imagination to life. They can also find me on Facebook.

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
I don’t believe in the rules and regulations that are placed on the genres. Authors need to be free of such chains to let their creativity dominate. Don’t get tangled in, let’s say, what a wizard can do verses a sorcerer. Are all sorcerers females and wizards males? Such confines don’t matter, in my opinion. Each writer needs to come up with his/her own rules to push the story forward.


Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.

Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

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