Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wendy Higgins Author Interview + Giveaway

After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.

Where you can find Wendy

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.
Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Sweet Evil was a fascinating, Debut Novel. Sweet Evil is full of so much amazingness that I think it will appeal to all readers. My review is HERE Here is my Q & A with Wendy Higgins. 

1.) Sweet Evil was such an amazing debut novel. The characters were so amazing. They had so much life to them. Which character was your personal favorite & why?
First of all, thank you so much for saying that, and for having me on your blog!

The characters were definitely alive in my head. Although I adore Anna in that loving, protective big-sister kind of way, Kaidan stole my heart and forced me to push the limits of my writing skills.

2.) When writing Sweet Evil, what did you create 1st? The Characters or the Plot?
Character. The plot was an afterthought. Scenes came to me out of order and I wrote them, not knowing the exact time or setting. To give you an idea, a small piece of chapter ten was what I wrote first. And then chapter four. Then I had to piece it all together with plot points. And then I basically had to start all over. It was madness. I don’t recommend being an ultimate panster.

3.) I personally thought that the information that I learned while reading sweet evil was amazing. What type of research did you do?
I researched details for the road trip, but as far as the story world, its roots are in traditional, Biblical angel lore, so I did look up angel/demon passages, as well as reading different theology and commentary found online. That was all fascinating, but mostly I just made stuff up, lol. My imagination turned out to be vivid and warped enough.

4.) The Dukes were very fascinating /scary characters. Was it hard to create all the names & their jobs?

A lot of the names were found online, but there is not 100% agreement from people about what the names mean, so I kind of took the names I liked and used them however I wanted. I’ll probably tick-off some demon experts somewhere, but it’s all good. In the name of fiction, and all that. J As for the jobs, those changed over and over until I finally narrowed it down to the 12 Dukes.

5.) If you could have a soundtrack to Sweet Evil, what would be your top 2 song picks?

I actually have the soundtrack available as a pdf download on the Amazon Sweet Evil page (under the “More to Explore” section). “Let it Rock” by Kevin Rudolf makes me think of Kai. And “Waiting for the End” by Linkin Park makes me think of how Anna feels.
*Click HERE guys for the song list*

6.) Lights, Camera, Action. If Sweet Evil was to be a movie. Who would you choose to play Anna & Kaidan?

This is so hard for some reason. Maybe Ben Barnes for Kai and Spencer Locke for Anna?

7.) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose? What would you do?
Ireland and England. I’m obsessed with them, and I’ve never been to either place! I would want to do everything--castles, pubs, Canterbury, catching Leprechauns in Ireland. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) LOVE.

8.) What are some things that you love to do when you are not writing?

Read, go on outings with my children, go on dates with my husband, have game nights with my friends (sounds lame, but it usually gets out of hand and we laugh SO hard).

9.) Where is your favorite place to escape to write?

My most productive writing is done in bed, leaning against a pile of pillows with the laptop on my lap. But it must be quiet and I have to be alone.

10.) What is your one bookish pet peeve?
Cliffhangers…even though I’m sort of guilty (sorry!). But I HATE waiting a whole year to find out what’s going to happen! Aaagh!

I am looking forward to many more books from you in the future. Also, I am looking forward to learning a lot more about Kaidan *sigh* & Anna! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

Now for the Giveaway!
One person will win my ARC.
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Giveaway will be a fast one. So Enter while you can.
Giveaway will last from:
April 25th UNTIL MAY 1st 2012 11:59p.m (Eastern)
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  1. Cliffhangers do stink. I'm not a fan. And I love the song Let It Rock. :D
    Interview was great!

  2. Great interview I'm super excited to read this one! I'm actually happy she made the characters first that usually means they'll be well developed and I'm a huge character reader. I love cliffhangers though. Well, not when they're lame and JUST to get you to read book 2. But when they're unexpected and exciting it makes it memorable. I hate waiting a year for the next one though *dies*

  3. Cliffhangers are totally mean on the author's part. *stares pointedly* Especially since my memory is so bad. I'll start reading book two and be like, wait, what the heck was HAPPENING? I'm suddenly in the middle of something super intense and I have NO CLUE how I got here. lol.

    Let It Rock is such a bad song, but I enjoy it so much. haha. Guilty pleasure.

  4. Awesome Interview. I have been dying to read this one!Exactly the same, when I want to escape to write & of course I love to read too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Lovely interview, I'm pretty sure everyone in the world hates cliffhangers. I do too, apart from a few that have been done well enough to the point it actually rounds up the book too! If that makes sense?

  6. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Great interview, Loretta!

    I'm definitely going to be heading over to the amazon page to check out that soundtrack the author mentioned. Sounds as amazing as the book!

  8. Love the interview! It's always fun to read Author Interviews =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  9. LOL great question about the name!

  10. Congratulations to a fellow RU alumni! Looking forward to read this one!

  11. Congrats Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  12. Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I think it is so cool that the author earned a Bachelors in creative writing, and now has published her own novel. I'm sure it is a dream come true! Awesome.

  14. I get my most reading/work done in bed propped up against pillows too! :)

  15. I've been dying to read this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for a great interview.

  16. I cant wait to read this book!!! Sounds amazing. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway

  17. Sweet Giveaway! I hope to read this very soon!

  18. That's cool that there is a playlist of songs inspired by the book! thank you for the contest!!

  19. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Love your blog :)

  20. Love the cover and ur site. Thanks for the giveaway!!


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