Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Introducing Wendy Knight and her debut novel, "Feudlings"

Today, it is my extreme pleasure to participate in Wendy Knight's blog tour for her book, FEUDLINGS.

I had a chance to ask Wendy some questions, so let's get to know her a bit. :D


Please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? When did you start writing?

I am from Utah, but I’m sort of a half-breed. Until I was twelve we spent summers in Arizona and winters in Utah. I started writing as soon as I could write. I was such a little daydreamer, I lived more in my own head than I did in the real world. So as soon as I learned how to write, I started putting all my daydreams down on paper. It made them more real to me.


If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Faust. Mostly because I want to ask him if he’s completely insane or just a little bit. Since he’ll probably lie and say he’s not crazy, I’m hoping his eyes will tell the truth. The eyes never lie!


Who is your favorite character out of any you’ve created?

My favorite character is actually a wolf in my Shattered Assassin story I’m editing now. I have always loved animals, and my wolf – Nakomi, is huge and tough and super-awesome. I love her oh so much!


What are your hopes for this book?

Just being able to share it with others is everything I could ever hope for! I love this story and the characters soo much. I want everyone to know them and see how incredible they are!


Do you listen to music when you write or do you need quiet? Do you have a theme song for your book?

It depends. For fight/battle scenes, I like music. Metallica, ACDC, and St. Elmos Fire (I’m an 80s baby). For everything else I want absolute silence.

The theme song for this is Glee’s Here’s to Us. It’s originally by Halestorm, but Glee doesn’t have massive swearing!


What’s one quirk of yours?

Oh dear. There are so many, which one to choose? I’m afraid of phones, grocery stores, bills, knives, spiders, and water after five p.m. I start kitchen fires on an almost regular basis (worst cook EVER). I have to lay on the opposite side of whichever side I laid on last…Do you feel sorry for my husband yet?


What’s your favorite book and why?

Harry Potter! I love the world she created, I love the way I feel when I read them and the daydreams that come with. So I’m not a kid…but I will always love these books.


What’s the farthest from your current home you’ve ever visited? Could you picture your favorite character there?

I lived in Alaska for two years, and I visited Florida once. I’m not sure which is farther from Utah. I could picture Ari (the main character in Feudlings) in Alaska, but I don’t think she’d do well in Orlando. She doesn’t do well in crowds.

Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.


Twitter: @wjk8099
Thank you, Wendy! Now let's find out some more about her book, FEUDLINGS.
Back Cover Blurb
Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.

Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.

Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.

When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not falling in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.
Excerpt
“Shane, I’m tougher than I look. I can handle it,” she said, although she wasn’t sure she wanted to know any more about his magic than she already did. It could get him in trouble. But she couldn’t just leave it alone. Part of her wanted to know. Maybe the monster-killer part of her.
She squashed that thought.
Shane stopped, studied her. Under his intense blue gaze her heart started to pound and she thought giddily that her favorite color just happened to be the exact color of his eyes. What were the odds? “I’m serious, Ari. There’s this war going on, and knowing anything about it could get you killed.”
“Killed?” Ari tried to look dubious.
Shane glanced around and grabbed her hand, pulling her with him out the front doors. The air was crisp and cool; Ari could see traces of her breath. If Shane was aware that half the student population was watching them speed-walk into the woods, he didn’t show it, and after a final glance back Ari ignored them too.
When the school was out of sight, she stopped and pulled her hand away. “Okay Shane. Spill,” she commanded. She crossed her arms over her chest and tried to look cold. Normals would be cold right now, but because of the flames flowing through their blood, neither she nor Shane could feel it.
Shane sighed and ran a hand through his hair. “Where to start? Even the short version is long. We’re sorcerers, and there are two sides to this war… of course, because that’s what makes a war, right?” he rambled. Ari raised an eyebrow at him as she tried to shiver. “I’m a Carules. I have magic that stems from these blue flames that, well, they’re in my blood. Hunter, too. And all other Carules. The other side is Edren, and their magic comes from red flames. Basically, we spend all our time trying to kill each other. It’s a lot of fun,” he said with a bitter frown at the ground.
“So you hide your magic because if an Edren found you...”
“They’d kill me. Or try to, anyway,” Shane finished for her.
Ari flinched at his words, and she knew right then that if she had seen him on that battle field in Adlington, she wouldn’t have been able to kill him. Her eyes widened in shock, her mouth opened into a silent “Oh”, and her heart started to pound. This was a very, very dangerous revelation she’d just made to herself.
She had a weakness. And it was Shane.












































6 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Wendy! The book sounds interesting. I'm impressed you'd want to meet Faust. I'd be too scared, I think.

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  2. Thanks for having me Laura! You're so sweet :)

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  3. Fun interview, Laura and Wendy. LOVED this book!

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  4. Great interview. So excited for March 19th!

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  5. Awesome interview! That's my baby!

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