Author Interviews

Interview With Wendy Higgins

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Last week I posted a feature on Wendy Higgin’s book See Me –  the perfect read for St. Patrick’s Day.  If you missed it, you can check it out here.  Today’s post is my interview with Wendy Higgins. Hope you all enjoy!

CR: What made you want to be a writer?

WH: I was always a dreamer who loved stories. I loved to hear them, read them, tell them, write them, see them, you name it.

CR:When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

WH: Aside from book events, I just love being with my family and friends. I have two young children and I enjoy them so much!

CR: Who are some of your favorite authors?

WH: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kresley Cole, J.K. Rowling, and Cora Carmack, to name a few.

CR: What inspired you to write See Me?

WH: I’ve had a fascination with Ireland and Leprechauns since childhood. My birthstone is Emerald, so I think my interest stemmed from that (Emerald Isle). My husband told me there was NO WAY I could make a leprechaun be sexy, so I took that as a challenge and had so much fun with it!

CR: Have you ever been to Ireland, and if so what did you like most about the country?

WH: I have never been, but I’m going this summer for the first time!!!! I’m beyond excited! We’re staying in Temple Bar in Dublin and we have a full itinerary. Can’t wait!

CR: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

WH: Just…thank you. ❤

Wendy’s Bio:  Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
 
You can learn more about Wendy and her books on her website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/
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Author Interviews

Interview with Melanie Dickerson

After reading The Captive Maiden, I interviewed Melanie Dickerson for my blog.  Here is the interview, hope you enjoy!

CR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

MD: I decided I wanted to be a novelist when I was in middle school or high school. But then as a senior in high school, after writing two novels, I decided getting published was going to be really difficult so I put my writing aside to go to college and get a “real” job. I picked it back up about 15 years later.

CR: What is your favorite fairy tale?

MD: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite, but I love all the romantic ones.

CR: What inspired you to write “A Captive Maiden”?

MD: I was inspired by Valten’s character while I was writing The Fairest Beauty. I thought he really got the short end of the stick in that story and he deserved to get to rescue his own damsel in distress.

CR: Are you going to have anymore books in the Hagenheim series?

MD: I have just finished the first draft of a Little Mermaid story that is actually a sequel to The Merchant’s Daughter. At this point, I don’t know if there will be any more Hagenheim stories or not.

CR: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

MD: I’m going to have three books out in 2016 and 3 books in 2017! My first Regency romance, A Spy’s Devotion, comes out Feb. 9th, so I’m really excited and nervous, hoping my readers will like this book, even though it’s something a bit different from my Medieval fairy tales. But I will have two more Medieval fairy tales out, one in May and one in Nov., so there’s something for everyone. 🙂

Melanie Dickerson is the author of Medieval fairy tale retellings, including The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com

Author Interviews

Interview with Jessica Day George

So this week, we have a special treat, an interview with Jessica Day George, the author of Silver In the Blood.  Check out last week’s post about the book here.  She’s wrote four other young adult novels which are also quite good: Princess of the Midnight Ball, Princess of Glass, and Princess of the Silver Woods, a series and, Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, a stand alone novel.

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CR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

JDG: In fifth grade I read the wonderful The Hero and the Crown, and found out that Robin McKinley’s whole job was writing about beautiful redheads slaying dragons, and I wanted to be her.

CR: When you are not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

JDG: I love movies, and I also knit and love to read!

CR: Who are some of your favorite authors?

JDG: Robin McKinley, Guy Gavriel Kay, Daniel Pinkwater, Diana Wynne Jones, and of course J. K. Rowling.

CR: What do you like most about being a writer?

JDG: Just getting to write books is so fun. Especially rough drafts.

CR: Where did you get your inspiration for “Silver in the Blood?”

JDG: I was watching a really bad movie set in Romania, and the scenery was so beautiful, and the movie was so ridiculous, that I just kept saying, If I were to write a book set in Romania, I would do this differently, and that, until I had my own story.

CR: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

JDG: You’re beautiful and I believe in you. Keep reading!

Jessica Day George is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven books for middle grade and young adult readers. She has a degree in Humanities and Comparative Literature from BYU, and a minor degree in Scandinavian Studies. She likes books, dark chocolate, books, knitting, books, very small dogs, books, and putting peanut M&M’s in her popcorn at the movies. And books. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three young children.