BREANNE RANDALL is a freelance writer and author. Her debut novel The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic is a warm and witchy book about love, family, and magic, and the shields we build around our hearts to protect all three.
We caught up with the author to discuss everything from what she’s reading to her new book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Revelare witches are cursed. As long as they use their magic, they are doomed to four heartbreaks.
So far, Sadie Revelare has experienced three – the devastating departure of her mother and the loss of her brother. And the most painful heartbreak of all: Jake McNealy, her first love. Ever since, Sadie has done everything she can to protect herself from more pain.
But now Sadie’s beloved grandmother is sick. And without her, Sadie isn’t sure she will have the strength to keep her family and her magic together.
As Sadie’s carefully structured life begins to unravel, Jake returns to town after a decade away. And in the face of a final heartbreak that could tear Sadie apart, she must decide once and for all: is love more important than magic?
WHAT’S ON BREANNE’S BOOKCASE?
Right now I’m reading The Ladies of the Secret Circus and it is FANTASTIC! I love anything to do with the circus!
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have five books – what would they be?
I love this question!
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The ‘ACOTAR’ series all bound in one book, hahaha, is that cheating?
And then something hefty that would take me awhile to get through like War and Peace
On my patio! It overlooks hills and there’s a mountain range in the distance. Bonus points if it’s chilly and I’m wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of tea or coffee!
Do you read one book at a time or multiple?
I usually read several at time! That way I can choose what to read based on what mood I’m in.
Do you use a bookmark or fold the corners of pages?
I never fold pages but the bookmarks I use are more like receipts, photographs, popsicle sticks, anything I can find really!
My grandma passed away about six years ago and that was when I wrote this book. She was the inspiration behind it all! The setting is also entirely inspired by where I live in northern California.
What can you tell us about Jake and Sadie?
I love that Jake is very aware of his flaws and even though he’s trying to do the right thing, he’s conflicted. I think my favourite thing about them is that they’ve both messed up in various ways, but ultimately, it helped them become the people they needed to be.
What do you hope readers will take away from this novel?
HOPE! That no matter what happens, there’s always a silver lining if you search for it. That magic can be found even in the mundane, and sometimes, the mundane is a type of magic in and of itself.
What book character would you be, and why?
This is a hard one! There’s a book called Honestly I’m Totally Faking It by Amanda Gambill (one of my all-time favourite books!) and the main character Rach has so much gumption and growth throughout. I love her character. She’s fun, loving, and believes in all kinds of signs and I just adore her.
If you could meet one author (living or dead) – who would it be and why?
I would LOVE to meet Lev Grossman because I think he’s a true and absolute genius.