GUEST POST — The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

Posted August 10, 2010 by Pixie in Author Guest Post, Blog, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson stop by to tells us a little bit, about writing the female character in their book – The Familiars.

“Hermione or Bella? Brains vs. Brood”

While growing up, there were two types of girls that we fell for: Hermiones and Bellas. The smart, brainy girls who sat at the front of the class and the more mysterious loners who sat by themselves on the high school steps reading books. When it came time for us to write the character of Skylar, the female blue jay familiar from our book, we decided we wanted her to be a little bit of both. She’s precocious and a bit of a know-it-all, but she also harbors secrets and dabbles in dark magic. She talks a lot about a lot of things, but rarely herself. She’s got the brains and the brood, and even though she’s beaked and feathered, she’s the kind of girl we like. Not to knock all the cheerleaders out there, but a pair of reading glasses and a 400 page novel is what makes our hearts get aflutter. So for all you Skylar’s out there, we’ve written a bird just for you.
Are you a Hermione or a Bella? Or if you’re a little bit of both, even better.
We’d love to hear from you — you can email us at or come by our blog at
Please keep an eye out for The Familiars at bookstores everywhere September 7th.


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One response to “GUEST POST — The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

  1. GMR

    Great post! Glad to hear the "combo" is preferred…well at least in your circles. ^_^ Gives a little confidence boost to all those "non-cheerleaders" out there. Can't wait for the upcoming book release…counting down the days.

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