Good morning everyone! Today I’m suffering from a extreme fangirl moment! I got a chance to interview a NYT bestselling author and a new favorite YA author of mine who I found by complete mistake.

This is how it works, each month I will post a two part feature. The first part will be an interview with the month’s author and include a short bio. The second part of the feature is a sample of the writer’s work. Sounds pretty cool right?

Everyone give a big welcome to May’s writer. *claps*

 

Meet Wendy Higgins.

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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. 

Now onto the interview…

Tell us your latest news.

“Well, my latest book, The Great Hunt, published on March 8th. It’s the first in a brand new 2-book duology. The sequel is finished and in edits. And I’m working on my first New Adult book now! I plan to self-publish it.”

 

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

“Hm…I’ve wracked my brain to think of something, but I can’t presume to know anything that others don’t know, or to say that anyone is wrong about what they think. My genres are paranormal/urban fantasy, high fantasy, and romance. Within those genres are subgenres. I can only really talk about the writing process, and for me high fantasy was the absolute hardest thing to write. Ever.”

 

Were there alternate endings to any of the books you’ve written?

“When I first wrote Sweet Evil it was actually one standalone book, not a trilogy. It focused solely on Anna and Kaidan without any of the secondary characters. It wasn’t until after I finished it that I started wishing I could extend it somehow, and that’s when I got the idea to break it into a trilogy. So yes, that story had not only a different ending, but also a different middle!”

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

“Both positive and negative reviews are necessary. There are all types of readers, and books are subjective. What one person might love another person will hate. The way I see it, reviews are for other readers, not for the author. The book is published. I cannot make changes. But readers can guide one another with their reviews. A good review garners more interest from likeminded readers. A bad review will help to steer away readers who would not enjoy certain aspects of your story. I do not read reviews of my books.”

 

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional hardcover books?

“I actually like both. I like to get hardback books when I can have them signed by the author.”

 

Give us an insight into one of your main characters. What does he/she do that is so special?

“From The Great Hunt: Princess Aerity Lochson is smart—she’s well versed in languages—and she learned the art of silk acrobatics from her mother. Paxton Seabolt is a commoner, a hunter and fisherman, who joins the hunt to kill the great beast.”

 

 

 

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Check back tomorrow to see a excerpt of Wendy’s new YA novel entitled The Great Hunt!