Complicated Blue

An unconventional witch.

A ghost with an identity crisis.

A librarian with exuberant fashion sensibilities.

A mysterious entity with the power to influence the weather.

And a nanny…

...put simply, it’s complicated.

Not all witches are created equal. Meet Anaïs Blue, a teenager trapped in the body of a five-year-old. Physical limitations are the least of her problems. Her job? Help the dead with their unfinished business.

This New Year's Eve something shady is going on in the city of Amsterdam. The dead walk the streets, but they are not alone…

Exposed, inexperienced and threatened with forces more powerful than her own, a witch's lot has never been more complicated. Join Anaïs Blue and her motley crew as they embark on an adventure into a world not unlike your very own.

“Do you like stories that have witches? Ghosts? Entities with powers? Do you enjoy books that make you feel a whole bunch of emotions? How about adventure? If so, I would like to invite you into the world of Anais! You will meet characters unlike any others you've ever come across. Is it a good book? It's a great book!” – reviewer TopsailAngel.

An Interview with PJ Whittlesea

What inspired you to write Complicated Blue?

I had published my first novel and my children asked me to write story for them. I made up a short story about an unusual witch. They liked it and wanted more. Eighteen months after, with 2 books and a novella in the series published, I’m still writing about her.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Trusting my characters to lead me through the story.

If you met your hero in a bar, what would you talk about?

Anaïs Blue is not legally able to drink. She’s a teenage witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old.

If you met your villain in a bar, what would you talk about?

He likes whiskey and cigars and would probably drink me under the table. We would have heaps to discuss but I wouldn’t remember it in the morning.

What’s one of your interests outside of writing that might surprise people who have never met you?

I am also a singer-songwriter and musician and have a new album coming out later this year.

What’s the most challenging/interesting part about living in Australia?

Not living there. I have been in Amsterdam for the past few years and getting home to Australia on a regular basis has been challenging.

What famous – or infamous even – book do you wish you’d written?

Probably the first memorable book I read was To Kill a Mocking Bird. I don’t wish I’d written it, but certainly feel it had a profound effect on how I write my characters. I can only hope that the characters I create resonate and draw readers into their world in the same way .

What's your favouritealbum?

David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars.

What’s the last TV film that blew you away and what was so good about it?

The new Blade Runner film blew me away. I went in without any expectations, but left speechless. What I really liked about it was at the heart there was a very simple story based around the premise of: What if…?

Imagine you’ve inherited a hippopotamus and one stipulation of the will is that you cannot give the hippo away or sell it to anyone. What would you do with the hippopotamus?

Ask it what it wanted to do. Hippo's are very big animals.

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