Author Interview: The Sweetest Kind of Fate

First off, I love these covers and second I love what a unique concept these books have. It was a joy reading Crystal’s answers to the interview questions I provided. If you like YA Fantasy/Romances than this is the read for you!

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the The Sweetest Kind of Fate Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoy working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About: The Sweetest Kind of Fate

book cover(Windy City Magic #2)

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


GREAT. I’ve somehow found myself tangled up with a siren, a mermaid, and a homicidal wicked witch who once tried to strangle me to death. Way to go, Amber!

Amber Sand, legendary matchmaker, couldn’t be more surprised when her arch nemesis, Ivy, comes asking for her help. Ivy’s sister, Iris, is getting married, and Ivy wants to prove her sister is making a huge mistake. But as Amber looks into Iris’s eyes, there doesn’t seem to be a problem—Iris has clearly found her match.

It seems happily ever after is in the cards, but when Iris seeks out a dangerous, life-altering spell, it’s up to Amber and Ivy to set aside their rivalry and save the day.

While Iris is willing to put everything on the line for love, Amber continues to wrestle with her own romantic future. Her boyfriend, Charlie, is still destined for another, and no matter how hard she clings to him, fear over their inevitable breakup shakes her belief system to the core.

Because the Fates are never wrong—right?

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The First Book in the Series

The Best Kind of Magic

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy


Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

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What gave you the idea to write about someone who can see “true love”?

When I first had the idea of a magical matchmaker, I was experiencing some romantic road bumps of my own. Anyone who’s been through heart break knows how overwhelming it can be, and I kept saying things like, «I just want to know what the future holds!» so dreaming up a character who could actually see that was a bit of wish fulfillment.

What kind of research did you do in regards to Wicca?

I spent a lot of time reading about the rituals and beliefs pertaining to Wicca. Amber is not as involved in the practice as others in her community, but I wanted her to have a working understanding of that world.

Was it harder writing book two?

I wouldn’t necessarily say it was harder, but it was definitely different. I wrote The Best Kind of Magic over a much longer period, and though I hoped it would one day reach publication, I was writing it more for myself at the time. The Sweetest Kind of Fate had the pressure of deadlines, which was new for me, but right from the start I had a clear vision of where I wanted the story to go. Since Amber’s voice rings so true for me, it all flowed nicely.

What are you currently working on? (If you’re allowed to tell us!)

I am always scribbling down new story ideas. I carry notebooks around with me to capture opening lines or bits of dialogue that come my way. I do have a couple things in the works… 😉 Are there other genre’s you’d love to write in the future?

I feel I will always write stories that have some sort of magical twist, whether the characters themselves have a mystical trait or if the plot lends itself to an unconventional format. When I read stories, I want to be taken out of the everyday, and I hope my writing reflects that kind of journey.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve been on a really amazing reading streak: I recently finished Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. I’m about to reread Ready Player One—one of my favorites—in anticipation of the upcoming movie.

About the Author

With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

​Find Crystal Online:

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book cover

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