Guest: Author Wendy Knight


RONE award

RONE award

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.

Author Wendy Knight

Author Wendy Knight

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!

Waiting Fate

Waiting Fate

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!

Wendy Knight's  award-winning series

Wendy Knight’s award-winning series

Feudlings In SmokeFuedlings in Flames


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!

Banshee At the Gate

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!


Looks like you can Find Wendy EVERYWHERE!

\Author Bio and links:
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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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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17 Responses to Guest: Author Wendy Knight

  1. Wendy Knight says:

    Thank you for having me!!


    • My pleasure, Wendy. We have ‘free’ weeks scheduled every month , (mostly for promotional purposes),and since I’m slow getting a book and haven’t had anything else published lately,( and haven’t tried;I’m bad), I try to give others the time.
      I hope more drop in…it’s s-l-o-w this week.


  2. Iris B says:

    Welcome Wendy … wonderful to have you as Tonette’s guest this week on 4F1H!

    Love the interview, and really like the blurbs and ideas of all your books – no wonder you’ve been awarded the RONE Award. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Wish I had known you last year when we travelled through Utah. We loved the state, looooved SLC. It has a certain charm we couldn’t get enough of.
    Loved Alaska as well 🙂

    Good luck with all your future books. Here’s to lots of sales!


  3. jeff7salter says:

    I noticed you didn’t mention unicorns.
    Can you tell us what made you include a unicorn character in one of your novels?


  4. Hi, Wendy! I have a house full of kids (six) and keep the same hours you used to (7pm until 2am) but I’m trying to wake up earlier so I can start my day productively. Bleary-eyed doesn’t always cut it, lol, but it’s hard with children, and I imagine even harder with health issues. We also have something else in common with the traveling. We’re taking our kids to at least 48 (probably 49) states and having a blast on the road. I admire your goal of seeing the national parks…your kids will never forget the time and adventure you’re gifting them. 🙂


    • jeff7salter says:

      Sarah, I’ve always been stunned at how productive you can be with all those kids… plus education… and still have time to travel!


      • I really think the homeschooling helps. The kids and I are together a lot, so when I turn them loose after schooling they’re happy to go. I don’t have the guilt of taking time for myself (to write) because I still spend at least 10 hours a day with them, and without answering to school schedules we get to travel during the “off” seasons and get so much more out of it then when we’re fighting crowds. I’m just so fortunate my husband is willing to go anywhere I want, no questions asked. It’s the ideal arrangement. I LOVE to plan the routes and he’s happy to just ride and take whatever exit I tell him is next, lol.


        • jeff7salter says:

          It sounds like y’all have arrived at a very happy compromise.
          Though I cannot imagine schooling my own kids. Guess I don’t have the patience. Just helping them with homework was an ordeal for me.


      • I should say he’s happy to DRIVE and take whatever exit I tell him is next. Y’all don’t need me out there pulling a trailer, LOL!


      • Homeschooling is a wonderful thing done right…which isn’t easy in all areas of the country. You need support,activities and other kids, but then, Sara, you have enough of your own!
        You are very fortunate to be able to travel, Sarah…that is one thing I have missed for a “long time. As I said in my intro when you guested on my ‘Food, Friends, Family” blog. your real name is Wonder Woman!


  5. pjharjo says:

    Thanks for stopping by with the guest interview, Wendy! Paranormal is “Normal” for me, too. LOL! Mine are a little more adult than YA’s are, but I still try to keep them clean. 😉 Thanks also for the inspiratioin to check out InD’tale Magazine!


  6. Unfortunately, all, Wendy has been under the weather,I’m sure she will come in to answer you as soon as she is able.


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