USC alumnus and volunteer, Mary Castillo, will sign copies of her novel "Switchcraft" at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on Saturday April 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the USC Alumni Association Booth in Alumni Park.
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel called "Switchcraft" "a fun love letter to all women and the bond of sisterhood that is best friends." It is Castillo's third novel.
Castillo's writing career began in February 1994 when she was a sophomore.
"I was floundering academically because I had this wild idea of becoming a doctor, making lots of money and then retiring to pen novels," she said. "Once I took my path as a writer, my grades shot up and I woke every morning excited about my work and my classes."
Castillo graduated in 1996 from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She then worked for USC Public Relations before moving to Orange County with her husband and fellow USC alum.
"USC is where my writing career began. I wrote during my lunch hour, on the tram from campus to the parking center before and after work and at home on weekends," she said. "My mom and grandma instilled in me a love and appreciation of books and to honor them, I was determined to publish a novel with my name on the cover."
Ten years later in 2004, she sold her first novel, "Hot Tamara", to Harper Collins. As part of the "chica lit" movement in popular fiction, Mary published In "Between Men" and "Switchcraft" and contributed short stories to "Orange County Noir", "Names I Call My Sister" and "Friday Night Chicas". Her next novel, "The Guy Upstairs" will be released in October 2012.
Mary continues to support her alma mater by writing and publishing the USC Latino Alumni Association's quarterly newsletter.
"I'm very excited to showcase the achievements of my younger USC brothers and sisters so that we ensure the support and resources for future generations of Trojans," she said.
Switchcraft is $13.95 and will be sold at the USC Alumni Association Booth by the USC Bookstore. Readers can preview the story at www.MaryCastillo.com .