Welcome to the 3rd annual zOctober event hosted here on My Book Addiction! I’m super thrilled to have so many fabulous authors on the blog, as well as so many incredible fans stopping by to see what’s new in the zombie world. Thank you to everyone for being here!! Let’s welcome our next author….
by K. L. Kincy
Publication date: August 6th 2015
by Curiosity Quills
Category: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy, Zombies
Twelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can’t take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago.
An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can’t compete with her family’s reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy’s parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama’s side, she’s up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills.
Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl’s Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She’s got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he’s the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he’s hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he’s got the wrong girl—she’s no witch—but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire.
Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma’s old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can’t escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening…
This zOctober, I would like to introduce you all to Josephine, the star of Deadly Delicious. She’s a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Paris, though I’m not talking about the capital of France. Without further ado, let’s get on with the interview!
First things first, Josephine. What’s it like living in Paris, Missouri?
Paris might look normal on the outside, but it’s full of secrets folks think they’re good at keeping. Everybody knows my mama cooks magic into her baking. That’s not much of a secret; otherwise she wouldn’t sell so many of her doughnuts, since everybody wants a taste of good luck. Of course, only Mama and Grandma Lula know how the magic works. They call it conjure, and they’ve got cookbooks full of old, old recipes from witches way back in the family.
How about you? Do you cook with conjure?
Lord, no! I’m a terrible cook and an even worse witch. Mama keeps trying to convince me I belong in the kitchen, reading recipes for conjure, but she knows darn well I can turn any cake into a fire hazard in ten seconds flat. I wish I were joking. Sadly, my singed eyebrows don’t lie. I spend more time at my daddy’s drive-in. He needs me to help out sometimes, when the older carhops are too busy. I tried to flip burgers once, but that didn’t end too well.
I’m guessing the burgers ended up burnt.
Is it that obvious? Daddy stepped away from the grill for a second, and I could see the burgers starting to get all nasty and charred. So I grabbed the spatula and… I’m not sure what happened, to tell you the truth. This creature made out of fire, with tentacles, crawled out of the grill and hissed my name. A real live voodoo spirit. I’m sure of it!
Wow. What did a voodoo spirit want with you?
I wish I knew. Maybe Mama knows, though I’m not stupid enough to ask. If she finds out, she’s going to interrogate me and think I’ve been hiding some talent at witchery. And that’s just plain ridiculous. The voodoo spirit must have gotten the wrong number.
Do voodoo spirits have telephones?
Ask my mama. Wait, don’t tell her. Can we pretend like this conversation never happened?
Of course… I’ll leave you to it, Josephine. Thanks for the interview. Good luck!
You’re welcome. I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll need the luck.
Karen, I am super thrilled that you registered your Middle Grade fantasy/historical/zombie mashup this year. I am a huge fan of Middle Grade books. I can’t wait to read this one with my 4th grader. Happy zOctober! ~ Toni
~About the Author~
K. L. Kincy (Duvall, Washington) loves zombies, though she hopes to meet only the cake-eating kind. Deadly Delicious is her first book for children. She has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
K. L. Kincy also writes for teens and adults as Karen Kincy.
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