There is nothing more exciting for a writer than seeing her first book in print, whether digitally or in print, and Wendy Knight is celebrating the recent release of her debut YA novel “Feudlings.” This week I’m delighted to introduce Wendy and let her share a little about herself and her books.
How long have you been writing and how did you get involved in it?
I’ve been writing since I was teeny tiny and could hold those fat crayons. I was the youngest and had all these imaginary friends…they wanted me to tell their stories!
(I can certainly relate to that, even though I was the oldest!)
What have been some of your greatest influences as a writer? Books you’ve read? Encouraging family, friends, or teachers?
My husband has been the most supportive human EVER. Even when I wanted to quit, he told me I was awesome and I couldn’t. My oldest sister was always telling me, “Heinz 57!” when I’d had too much rejection and wanted to give up.
I have so many author influences! I’ve loved reading since I was super small and there are just too many to name!
What are some of your favorite books or genres to read in?
My very favorite books ever are the Harry Potter series. Next is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I love reading young adult. Urban Fantasy makes me happy!
Tell us a little about “Feudlings.” Where did the “idea seed” come from and how did it develop?
I honestly can’t remember, isn’t that terrible? I DO remember daydreaming the entire story during the nine months my youngest decided sleeping was for the weak, right after she was born (she still doesn’t like to sleep).
What kind of research do you do for a story like this?
I researched the different areas where the story takes place, but since I grew up in Utah and have been to Park City a lot, that didn’t require much. Otherwise, it was all made up in my crazy little mind!
“Feudlings” is the first in a series, right? Can you give us a little hint or teaser about the upcoming books?
It is! The sequel, Feudlings in Flames, comes out in late July or early August 2013. Here’s a teaser paragraph!
Shane threw another spell as his eyes swept the room trying to decide who to attack first. “We are so screwed,” Hunter muttered, somehow having ended up right next to Shane’s elbow.
“She’ll be here!” Will yelled.
The wall behind them exploded
Bright red flames swept the room, a huge canine monster with burning eyes. The warriors surrounding Shane and Hunter screamed in terror, but it was too late. The fiery monster chased them down, enveloping them. There was no escaping.
The smoke cleared and Shane spun back toward the gaping wound in the wall. In the dust, a tall, striking figure took shape.
“Ari.” Shane breathed.
She moved like lightening, exploding through the doorway, spells already burning from both her hands. She shoved the fiery magic away from her and it exploded into a wide, flat triangle of flames, like a human flame thrower. She called them masas, and they were the only spells in the world that could take out several threats at once.
And Ari was the only person in the world who could throw them.
I really like the excerpt from your debut Feudlings.
“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.
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.
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Thank you very much, Wendy. Good luck to you and the Feudlings series!