I recently interviewed Evelyn about “Seriously Wicked” by my friend Tina Connolly. Spoilers below!
S: Alright, who was your favorite character in the book, and why?
E: Um, my favorite character in the book was probably the witch, because I like her, like, passion. Even though Cam kept rejecting her spells and stuff, she just kept on trying, and I think that’s… I mean, she stuck with it.
S: Do you, so, do you think the witch was a wicked witch?
E: I think she was a wicked witch in its own sense, like, she was wicked totally because she wanted to take over the town and be in charge and everything, and she was going to do it in wicked ways. You could also think of her in other wicked ways, like she kills animals for her spells. But, like…she also is like a nice mom and she takes care of her kid. And it’s probably very hard for her since her husband died, so.
S: What was the funniest part of the book?
E: The funniest part of the book is when – it’s also my favorite part of the book – is when Sparkle figures out that… She’s like, what is going on? How do you guys know that I’m a witch and like everything is coming back to her and stuff. It’s the funniest part because she’s just so confused and she doesn’t know what’s going on because she did a forgetting spell on herself.
S: Do you think if you were like Cam in this book, do you think you would like having a witch for a mom or not like having a witch for a mom?
E: Well if I was Cam I would have the same personality as Cam, so then–
S: (laughing) Okay, well let’s say you were in a situation like Cam but you were yourself, would you like that your mom was a witch, because, you know, maybe you could learn some spells and stuff, or would you not like it, because she might be evil?
E: Not like it, because, um, I don’t know. (laughing) I just think that the witch’s plans were pretty crazy.
S: So who has crazier plans, Cam’s mom or your mom?
E: Probably Cam’s mom, because she wants to take over the town, but mommy, she… (laughing) Yeah, pretty much Cam’s mom.
S: Do you think this is a good book for someone your age, and why or why not?
E: I think I would recommend maybe a few years older even though I liked it, because… I don’t know, I feel like people would understand it a little bit more, because like… I don’t know, it’s about like boys and love and stuff. I mean, no offense, but…
S: So were there any parts you didn’t understand? Or to take it a different way, is there anything you would want to ask the author if you could?
E: I would ask Tina Connolly where she got her inspiration from because most authors combine people they know, and I think that Cam’s personality – and all the people in the book in fact! – have very different, interesting personalities, and I want to know where she got her inspiration from.
S: Do you think maybe her mom was a witch?
E: Very unlikely. But maybe she was like me and Oliver when we made potions in the bathroom?