Is Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded the beginning of a series?
No, it is a stand-alone book.
Is this book about the current US political situation?
I wrote it before the current US political situation began to unfold.
Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?
I apologize for this. It did not occur to me when I was writing the book that some people feel the same way about snakes that Jinx and I feel about heights, which is "ARGH! No, no, no!"
Now that the book is out, I have heard from these people. Again, my apologies. There is really only one snake. Just think of him as a metaphor.