Thursday, October 9, 2014

Interview with Krystal Wade


I'm really excited to be hosting Krystal Wade, author of the just-released Charming, on her blog tour! I've been a fan of Krystal's since her Wilde's Fire series came out, and Charming was no disappointment. I thought I'd try to peek inside Krystal's head and see what life is like for her as a busy writer with a family and day job. I'm hoping she'll have some tips for me! 

  1. You’re a writer, mother, wife, and hold down a day job with a long commute, right? What is that like?
            I’m sorry. Did you ask a question? I was too busy catching up on some sleep. Honestly, being a mother, wife, writer, worker, farmer is so difficult. But as with all things that are rewarding, difficulty is just part of the process. One day, my kids will be grown and out of the house and I’ll retire from my job, and thankfully I know I’ll still have books, my husband, and chickens to keep me busy.

2.            Walk us through a typical day in the Wade household.
            The alarm blares at 5:30. I hustle the kids out of bed and myself into the shower. The husband leaves by 6:30 with the girls. I leave by 6:50 with the teen. We all do our business for the day. Teen arrives home in the afternoon, shortly followed by the rest of us. We cook dinner, take care of the chickens and ducks and bunnies and maybe spray a little round-up on those ridiculous weeds growing through my gorgeous landscaping. Then it’s homework (if not already done) time, bath time, family TV time, then writing, editing, reading for me. I’m usually in bed just before midnight, only to get up and repeat myself. And this is a day WITHOUT after school activities. Have I mentioned how tired I am?

3.            If any one thing has to give on a stressful/ crazy day, what is it?
            My writing, editing, reading time. Unfortunately.

4.            How does your writing process work with having a family?
            Well, I’m always writing. Sometimes in my head, on my phone, or on the computer. I squeeze in writing whenever I can, whether at break or lunch at work, while my girls are soaking in the tub, or when it’s way past midnight and I really ought to be in bed.

5.            Any advice for fellow writers out there with families or similar time constraints?
            Don’t give up. You can totally do it!

6.            So tell us about your writing in specific- Tell us about Charming!
            Charming is my baby, my brainchild, my favorite book ever. This story allowed me to include so many personal elements, from my painful past to my happy now, from my love of all things creepy, to my strong views on family, blood or no blood. I especially loved infusing my passion of darker, scarier works into a real world setting. I found my niche while writing this book and can’t seem to stop daydreaming about thrillers now.

7.            What are you working now? What’s next from the mind of Krystal Wade?
            I’m working on two books I hope to have published in 2015. One is the second book in the Book of Red series, and the other is another thriller named The Unraveling of Willard Hill. Willard Hill will drive in the fact that you should be careful what you wish for. 

Thanks so much to Krystal for her interview! I know there's some stuff I can use in there. And don't forget to check out Charming, out now!

Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!

About Krystal Wade:

Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The sequel to The Fifth Wave does not disappoint. In addition to having lots of fighting and action sequences, we get to know an expanded universe as we get inside the heads of new characters- people like Ringer, and Poundcake. Plot wise, this sequel has a huge twist at the end- one that redefines what it means to be a survivor of the war.

The only complaint I had was that there was too little time given to the main characters from The Fifth Wave. This is largely Ringer's story, and although her POV was gripping and well written, I still wanted more time with Evan and Cassie. There is a lot less romance in this version, as well.

But clearly, I loved it. It was an amazing follow up- pretty much everything I'd hoped for. Five stars, all the way.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interview With Courtney Cole: Making Family and Writing Work

When I was writing my first book, I had a wonderful little routine established. After dinner I'd make
sure my two middle-school aged children were settled in with homework, a movie, or some other form of entertainment. Then I'd head out to the back yard where I'd converted a gardening shed into a writing studio. Surrounded by my prized quilt collection, I'd crank the music and write until I'd made word count, or fell over from exhaustion.

Enter Baby #3, She might as well have popped out holding a sign that said, "Hi! My name is Emma, and I'm here to turn your life upside down." I still have an office to write in, but it's slowly become a glorified storage room with a desk because I never get to use it. Instead of The National, I listen to Baby Einstein. I snatch writing moments in between diaper changes, snack time, and boo boo kisses. I'm currently writing at about 1/3 to 1/4 my former speed.

 I decided to reach out to other writers who are in the same boat, or have been there, to see what kind of advice they have. After all, I can't be alone in this struggle. Lots of writers juggle families and evil day jobs and still manage to produce. I need to unearth their secrets.

Today the amazing and talented Courtney Cole agreed to let me interview her on how she makes it all work. I'm a long time fan- not just of her writing, but that she seems to exude this "got it together" air when it comes to this writing thing.

1. So you’re a writer, mother, wife, and juggle a lot of other commitments, right? What is that like?

It’s like having a rabid wildcat inside of me, constantly fighting to get out. 
Kidding.  Not Kidding.  

2. Walk us through a typical day in the Cole household.

I get up at 6:30 now that school has started to get my 16-year old son up and around.  I’ve got to make sure he eats a big breakfast so he’s ready for football practice after school. Then I take my 11-year old demon  daughter to middle school, and I’m back at home and in my office chair by 9:45.   I stay planted in that chair until my word goal (3,000 words) is complete.   Sometimes that means not going to pee.  

3. If any one thing has to give on a stressful/ crazy day, what is it?

It will always be my sanity. 
But seriously, if something gives… it’s usually me showering.  Or putting on makeup.  Or real clothes.  Or sometimes, it’s me going to the store, so we have Chinese takeout.

4. How does having a family impact your writing process?

Lol.  Well, this is a loaded question.   Um.  It impacts WHEN I write.  For instance, writers like to write when their creative juices are flowing.  For instance, if I get a great idea at midnight, I’ll get up and write it.  BUT, if I get a great idea on a Sunday afternoon when I’m supposed to be spending family time around the pool, I’ll put off writing it.  And sometimes, when I get around to writing it, the spark just isn’t there like it was when I had the idea.

5.  Would you say your family supports your writing, and if so, how?

Oh, they definitely do.  Although my son gets aggravated because he thinks I work too much.  He just doesn’t remember the days when I also had a full-time day job, and wrote in the mornings and nights.  Kids have short memories. 
But they definitely support me. 

6. Any advice for fellow writers out there with families or similar time constraints?

Write when you can.  You just have to adjust your schedule to make time.  I know it’s hard, but everything that’s worth doing is hard.  If you have to, get up early.  Stay up late.  I know that’s difficult, especially when you have a baby, but it’s the best I’ve got.

7.  What are you working now? What’s next from the mind of Courtney Cole?

I’m working on an amazing, dark NA romance. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before—I’m so excited about it!  J



Courtney Cole is a novelist who was born and raised in rural Kansas, lived the next decade near Lake Michigan and has recently migrated to sunny Florida where she writes beneath palm trees.  To learn more about her, please visit www.courtneycolewrites.com

Courtney Cole
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Daughter of Glass Release Information!

I finally have a release date for the first ever Whitfield stand-alone novel, Daughter of Glass. The official release date is:

March 9, 2015!!!

I'm really excited about the idea of this book being released out into the world. It's been a long time coming, and I think it will offer fans of my Angel's Edge series a new insight into the town. Not only that, it will offer interior illustrations for each chapter that show parts of the town, like the fabled fountain in the town square, as well as individual characters from the book. Some of the same characters from Angel's Edge appear in Daughter of Glass, and I love how you can get a chance to see how they look and interact in different situations.

In the meantime, I'm working on a spin-off series featuring the twins from the Whitfield Coffee Shop, Amelie and Nicolas, that focuses on their journey out of the city to save a fellow citizen from enslavement by the Fae. I love stories about the Fae, and feel like I've managed to put a unique spin on this mythology. Even better, it allows me to keep writing in the Whitfield universe while exploring other realms at the same time.

That's just a snapshot of a few things I'm working on, and of course, Daughter of Glass will be available for pre-order prior to its actual release.