Sunday, March 24, 2013

Guest Post: Wendy Knight on My Favorite Part of Writing

I've had the chance to meet and get to know author Wendy Knight over the course of the last year, and she's a lot of fun. I was super excited for her when she got her contract, and now I get to help her spread the word about her new release. Without further ado, I give you Wendy Knight.
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I love to write. I’ve always loved to write, since I was teeny tiny and could only hold fat crayons. I never gave much thought as to why that was until recently – because if you think about it, where is the joy in writing? You sit at a computer, all hunched over and awkward, and you stare at a blank screen and torture yourself trying to think of words that aren’t cliché or boring or wrong. And don’t even get me started on the grammar and punctuation dungeon!

So what is it? I think for everyone it’s a bit different. I’ve heard lots of writer friends say it’s like magic, creating something out of nothing. For me, though, it’s bringing my daydreams to life. I get ideas from everywhere, as I think most creative people do. The weirdest was when I was driving down the road and I saw four black SUVs driving in a line, and my weird little brain starting whirling around ideas about them driving off to save the world…ahem. Anyway, I get an idea, and it blooms into a full-fledged daydream, and I want to share it, to bring it to life and see my characters take on an existence of their own. I get a rush just writing the first words of a new story (that rush dies about five thousand words in, but still). So my favorite part of writing? It’s seeing the dreams in my head come to life on paper, and know that I did that.

Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis. 

Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate. 

Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300-year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is. 

When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not falling in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.

Author Bio: 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.

Find Wendy ...

On Twitter @wjk8099

On her blog

Buy her book here or here or here  

1 comment:

Lindzee said...

Great post, ladies!

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