Interview with Jane Hinchey, Author of What the Hex

22 Mar 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write What the Hex?

I couldn’t wait to get back to Gravestone and explore Holly’s character even more in “What the Hex”. She’s always been a fascinating and complicated character, and I wanted to give readers a deeper insight into her past and motivations. And of course, what’s a good story without a few unexpected twists and turns? I made sure to sprinkle in some humor and giggle-worthy moments to keep things light and entertaining. But let’s talk about the romance – it’s a slow burn that’ll make your heart race! Watching Holly and Calder’s relationship develop was a true pleasure. They have great chemistry, and their banter and tension is sure to keep readers invested. It’s always a joy to see characters find love after navigating their own unique challenges.

Overall, “What the Hex” is a satisfying and hilarious conclusion to the three-book arc, and it definitely sets the stage for even more exciting adventures to come. Readers will love getting to know Holly even better and will be rooting for her every step of the way!

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of What the Hex, what would they be?

Hmmm, I’d probably go with Fight Song by Rachel Platten, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

It’s funny, isn’t it? I’m a cozy mystery author, yet I don’t read them very often! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cozy with its quirky characters, small-town settings, and witty banter. But when it comes to my personal reading choices, I’m all about the romantic urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. Now, don’t go thinking that I’m all about the steamy stuff! These days, I prefer my supernatural stories with a healthy dose of suspense and a good mystery to solve. There’s just something about a puzzle that needs solving that really gets my heart racing.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’m currently indulging in Steve Higgs’ “Blue Moon Investigations” series, and let me tell you, these books are not your average cozy mystery. They’re more like supernatural thrillers that keep me on the edge of my seat, and I’m loving every minute of it! Next up on my reading list is Caroline Peckham’s “Zodiac Academy” and BR Kingsolver’s “Family Ties”. I can’t wait to see what kind of supernatural shenanigans they have in store for me.

But don’t worry, I’m not all about the supernatural. I like to mix it up and throw in a good old-fashioned romance every once in a while. That’s where Abby Jimenez’s “Part of Your World” comes in. It’s a signed paperback that’s been sitting on my bookshelf just begging to be read. I’m saving it for when I need a total palate cleanser after all the spooky stuff. Plus, who doesn’t love a good romance novel?

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Well, I’ve got a couple! First off, Holly and Calder’s first kiss was an absolute blast to write. I mean, who doesn’t love a good slow-burn romance finally heating up? I may have even let out a little squeal of excitement when I was writing it. Don’t tell anyone, though.

And then there’s Doris. Ah, Doris. Our senior sidekick who’s unpredictable, a total cannon, and a hoot and a half. Any scene with her in it is just pure joy to write. I mean, you never know what she’s going to say or do next, and that’s half the fun of it. Let’s just say, if you’re looking for a good laugh, Doris is your girl.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

Oh, I’ve got a few. First and foremost, I always light a scented candle when I’m writing. It just sets the mood, you know? Right now, I’m all about the coconut and lime scent. It’s like a tropical vacation in my writing space. I also have a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that I love to use when I’m deep in the writing zone. I crank up a thunderstorm soundtrack to block out any distractions and transport myself to a world of thunder and lightning. It’s like I’m writing a novel and directing a blockbuster movie at the same time. Of course, no writing session is complete without copious amounts of coffee. I’m pretty sure my blood is 90% caffeine at this point. And if that wasn’t distracting enough, I have a ginger cat named Maxx who loves to insert himself between me and my keyboard. He’s like my little writing assistant, only he’s more interested in getting his head scratched than helping me come up with the next plot twist.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

As a writer of romantic mysteries, I believe that the heart of any good story is the characters. Whether it’s a detective solving a crime or a couple falling in love, it’s the people at the center of the story that keep readers engaged. One of my favorite quotes about love comes from Elizabeth Peters, who wrote, “Love is not a matter of counting the years… But making the years count.”

In my books, the romance between the characters is always an important part of the story, but it’s never the only focus. At the same time, I believe that a good mystery should keep readers guessing until the very end. I often draw inspiration from Agatha Christie, who was a master of crafting intricate puzzles that kept readers on the edge of their seats. As a mystery writer, I strive to create clues and red herrings that will keep readers engaged and guessing until the final reveal. So, my motto as a writer of romantic mysteries is to always put the characters first, while also crafting a puzzle that will keep readers engaged. Whether my characters are solving a crime or falling in love (or both!), I want readers to be invested in their journey and eager to find out what happens next.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I would want readers to remember the feeling of being transported into a world of magic, mystery, and romance. I want them to feel like they were right there in Gravestone, experiencing the twists and turns of the investigation alongside Holly and Calder, and feeling the chemistry between them. And most of all, I want them to feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the book, knowing that they were able to solve the mystery along with the characters and witness the triumph of justice over evil.


Jane Hinchey is the author of the new book What the Hex

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