Spotlight & Interview: The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson

The WItches of Echo Park by Amber BensonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Publisher: Ace

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Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls…

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her.

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…

    *********************************Q&A with Amber***********************************

You’ve directed, produced and acted, earning you a loyal fan base. What made you start writing urban  fantasy?

I’ve always been a big sci-fi/fantasy fan. What I loved about the Urban Fantasy genre, in particular, was that women were the featured protagonists. There were women in other sci-fi/fantasy series I liked to read, but not the preponderance like I found in Urban Fantasy.

Tell me about your main character Elyse in your new series, The Witches of Echo Park. What are her strengths and weaknesses?

She’s a bit in denial about what makes her special. She likes to stay out of the spotlight and hang back – but the story I’ve told forces her to step up and do the right thing. Which is to own her magical talents and find the leadership qualities inside of herself that have been hidden away. Only then can she become the head of the Echo Park coven of witches and fulfill her destiny.

Wiccan based characters seem to be a running theme across a lot of work you’ve done in acting and now writing. What would you say the draw is to that type of character?

They are open to possibility and magic. They may be slightly skeptical or agnostic, but they are not closed off. They want magic to be real and they don’t close themselves off to this idea.

How do you find the time to write in between all your other responsibilities? Do you ever get overwhelmed? 

I get overwhelmed all the time. But I’m an artist. I don’t have a steady income I can rely on, or a nine to five job that gives me security.  So I am always dancing to the pipers tune in order to survive – and even though it IS overwhelming, I wouldn’t change my choice to pursue the arts as my career.

If you could choose a theme song for The Witches of Echo Park, what would it be and why?

“Of Course” by Jane’s Addiction…the opening line says it all: “Of course this land is dangerous…”



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