Spell Bound


Sophie Mercer had just gotten a grip on what it means to have the powers of a demon when they were taken away. Sort of. But getting them back in working order is less important to her than making sure that the people that are closest to her — Jenna, her fiance, her boyfriend (more on that later) and most importantly — her father.

Before she can track them down, however, she has to get comfortable with the idea that her mom isn’t quite the person she thought she was. Oh, and figure out how she ended up back at Hex Hall, which she thought had disappeared. The thrilling conclusion to Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series is chock full of magic, adventure and best of all, its heroine Sophie.

About the Author

Rachel Hawkins grew up in Alabama and taught high school English before becoming an author. She still lives there with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling and knitting. Read more about her in our Q&A below.

Author Q&A

Where are you from and what was it like growing up there?

I’m originally from Dothan, Alabama, which is about fifteen minutes from the Florida border. Therefore, it was HOT growing up there! As a kid, I also thought it was Totally Lame and Boring, which I think is how most kids feel about their hometown at some point.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and how did you get started?

I like to joke that I’ve been writing since before I knew how to write. I played Barbies very intensely, and if you played dress-up with me, you had to be prepared to play multiple characters in multiple storylines. Luckily, my parents were really supportive of my love of stories, and when I was around seven, they took me to a Young Author’s Conference in my hometown. I honestly believe that Saturday was the start for me!

What is the process of writing like for you?

HARD. :) I usually write away from home, so I’m one of those obnoxious people hammering away on a laptop at Starbucks every day. I like to write a story from beginning to end, and I only get out of order if I am totally, completely stuck. I try to write at least a thousand words a day, but usually the closer I get to deadline, the faster the words start coming, and then, 5-7 thousand words a day is not unheard of! I also try to work in the mornings since I am worthless after 5PM!

Do YOU have any supernatural powers?

My husband says that my super power is the ability to identify places where snakes might live. I’m TERRIFIED of them, so any time we pass woods or swampy areas or anything that looks a bit “snaky,” I will point it out. Of all the super powers to have, it is undoubtedly the lamest.

What’s your favorite candy?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Especially the little ones since you can tell yourself that it’s TOTALLY acceptable to eat a bajillion of them.

What do you do for fun?

I knit very, very badly, and I love to cook. We’re also big travelers in my family, so exploring new places is always fun. Oh, and I like to rearrange furniture, but that’s probably not so much “fun” as “borderline OCD.”

What’s next for you?

I have a spin-off of the Hex Hall series starting up in Spring 2013. There are ghosts, and monster-hunters, and a dashing asthmatic hero. I’ve also got a new series coming out Summer 2013 starting with Rebel Belle. It’s about a teenage debutante who gets superpowers and must protect her archenemy. You know. That old story.

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