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Read a note about Witches, Sangria and friendship from author Amber Benson

The Witches of Echo Park

Amber Benson writes about the inspiration for her book, THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. Protagonist Elyse MacAllister learns that she must take part in a coven of witches, and her new life is full of danger, darkness and magic. 

Dear Reader,

[...] I was in New York having lunch at a Mexican restaurant with my then-editor, Ginjer Buchanan, when she asked me what it was, exactly, that I wanted to write next. I told her I was burnt out from finishing my last Calliope Reaper-Jones book and that I felt totally uninspired. The only thing I knew for sure was that I didn’t want to write about vampires. (I’d worked on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and those guys already had that market cornered.)

“Witches.”

That wasn’t the Sangria talking, by the way––it was Ginjer. Making the perfect suggestion.

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