InD’tale Magazine is an e-zine dedicated to building a platform for independent authors, writers, editors, etc. ,plus independent and small publishing for whom ‘mainstream’ is just not working. Every year they present their RONE Award in several categories. This year’s winner in the Young Adult[YA]Paranormal category is my Facebook friend, author Wendy Knight, who is my guest this week.
Welcome Wendy! Wendy, let’s learn a little more about you.
I know that you have lived in Utah all of your life. I have passed through NE Utah a couple of times; it is a vast and varied state! Please tell us where you live and where you like to travel.
I live in Northern Utah. I LOVE this state! We’ve visited all the national parks in Utah and Nevada, and are slowly working on Idaho and Wyoming. I also lived in Texas for six months and Alaska for two years. I loved the people of Texas, but Alaska kept part of my soul when I had to leave. One day, I will go back!
You have a couple of little cuties! Care to share any more about your family? My kids are amazing, and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased. I mean, I might be biased…ahem. So, I have three kids, two girls and a cute little boy. And I have the most awesome husband ever in the history of husbands. He’s my hero
Did you always want to write? Yes. I’ve been writing stories ever since I could hold those fat little crayons in my hand. No one else knew what I was writing, but I sure did. I’ve been writing ever since.
Is paranormal your ‘normal’ genre? Why? Why YA? My grown niece started me on several YA series and I read some with my grandson so we can discuss them. Yes! Paranormal is my normal genre. I’ve written seven YA paranormals, and one New Adult paranormal. But I’m branching out a little—Right now I’m working on two rock star stories. But I love the idea that magic exists in our world, even if we can’t see it. That’s what I’ll always go back to. I love YA because there is still so much life ahead of the characters—they have so many choices still to make, so many dreams still to chase.
YA has a growing older-adult readership who like the somewhat ‘cleaner’ styles of most YA and the simpler storylines. Do you get adult feedback? Actually, I think a huge chunk of my readership are adults. I get a lot more feedback from them than I do actual young adults. It’s true, they do like the cleaner stories, but it’s the plot and the angst and the battles that they seem to like the most. I read mostly Young Adult. I think they’re more fun.
Any plans on writing more ‘adult’ stories? I have one written under a pen name. As of right now, I have no desire to write any more. I have so many young adult and new adult stories waiting to be written!
Please tell us about your works and the story that earned you the RONE Award. My goal in life is to create so many kick-butt heroines that girls everywhere will realize that they don’t have to have a boy to save them. Feudlings won the Rone Award. It’s my debut novel, about two uber-powerful sorcerers who are supposed to kill each other to end a 300 year war. However, they fall in love, instead, and have to find a way to change destiny and save the world. There are five books in that series, and it was sooo hard to say goodbye to those characters!
ill you tell us how you write? How you find time and where you like to do your writing? Well. That’s a hard one. I used to write from 7 pm to 1 or 2 am, after adorable family was all in bed. But I have lupus, and I recently started on this amazing medicine that helps with the lupus symptoms, BUT it also knocks me out cold by about 9 pm. So now I’m trying to find a new system, but I’m struggling. I write while I work out on my exercise bike for a half hour. Then I write whenever I can grab minutes here and there.
Do you venture to write in other genres or styles,(Poetry, plays, non-fiction, etc?) Umm, I’ve tried other genres a bit. I used to write a lot of non-fiction for different companies, but it crushed my soul. When I was in junior high and high school, I wrote a lot of poetry, but I don’t know if I could do it now. I do think I’m pretty clever when I change the words to popular songs so they’re about my kids.
I have lupus and a couple of other chronic problems.Between life and the kids, I know that time and energy have to be at a premium for you.I salute your productivity!
Can you tell us what we can expect next from you? On July 28th, I am releasing my middle grade fantasy, Banshee at the Gate. It’s a series I wrote with five other authors—we each took a magical creature and sent them to Atlantis to save the day. Each story is a stand-alone, but together the series is amazing because each character makes a cameo in the other books.
In August, I’m releasing Shattered Assassin. It’s a medieval fantasy about a princess whose family is murdered by an assassin, and now she’s the one being hunted. My favorite part is her pet wolf, Nakomi. I love her!
Thank you so much for joining us today, Wendy.I wish you great success with all of your works.
I do hope our friends stop by to say “Hello” ask a question or to comment.
Anyone care to ask or say something? Please don’t be shy!
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Wendy Knight is the award-winning, bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She 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, no touching the knives…you get the idea). 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. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.
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