Today we're joining the San Muerte blog tour by interviewing author Lucina Stone. Lucina Stone has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in depression, family conflict, LGBT affirmative therapy, and life coaching. She lives in New Jersey with her family. This is her debut novel.
Hi, Lucina! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell our readers a bit about SANTA MUERTE. What's the book about?
The book is Daniela Delgado discovering that she is a witch, the hard way. It is a parallel story about a mother, daughter, and grandmother.
THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms.
And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough.
But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f— are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started….
Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….
The idea of the story came to me in a dream and has been haunting me ever since.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. Before I sit down to write, I already have an outline in my head.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Having the free time to do it. It’s hard with a family and everyday life. I need a cabin in Maine and wifi.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
My poodle Sophie, she provides me great comfort and company.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
It would be the ability to hear peoples thoughts.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Oh, wow. I get pretty weird. All the witchcraft, voodoo, juju and black magic pictures get pretty strange.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
visualizing the next chapters.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Shout outs to my Brother Angelo, My husband Michael, My parents and of course My daughters.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!