The lovely and talented Wendy Delsol, author of Stork, The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, and the upcoming Frost, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me on the blog today! She’s also generously offering up a copy of Stork and some swag to one lucky winner. Please see the giveaway details at the bottom of this post!
Please welcome Wendy to the blog!
For those that haven’t read Stork, your first YA fantasy, can you tell us a bit about it?
Stork is the story of smart and sassy Katla (Kat) Leblanc, a 16-year-old L.A. fashionista whose life is upended after a move to Norse Falls, Minnesota—her mother’s hometown of Icelandic heritage. As if being the new kid isn’t challenge enough, Kat is mysteriously drawn to an ancient order of bird women with the extraordinary task of soul delivery. Complicating things further is Jack Snjosson, an aloof classmate. Given their relationship’s rocky start, Kat would never believe they share a history—never mind destiny.
In your bio, it says that you were never particularly bookish growing up. What made you decide to give writing a try?
Growing up, I was an average reader, not the stereotypical bookworm by any definition. In our family of three girls, I was considered “the tomboy.” Still, there were certain books that I considered worth the one-mile hike to our local library; Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, The Happy Hollisters, and the Little House on the Prairie books are examples. In fifth and sixth grade, I won school-wide recognition for my creative writing. My stories were funny and even slightly edgy. To this day, I remember getting a huge laugh for a “ladies, burn your bras, but remember to take them off first” line. Perhaps I should note that this was during the 1970s, the height of the women’s movement. Many years later, after six years as a stay-at-home mom and when contemplating a second career, I admitted to a long-held and secret dream of writing a novel. So I sat my butt down and wrote one; it was awful, but I loved the process. Stork was the fourth full novel I wrote and first published.
Is there anything you need in order to write?
In order to write, I require a spiral notebook. I begin each day by jotting down the date and my starting word count. I use the notebook to sketch out the day’s scene, map out upcoming chapters, and play with wording, synonyms, similes, etc. If my overused right arm is tired, I will even write scenes longhand and later retype them onto my laptop. By the end of a novel, I will have gone through two or three notebooks.
Anything in particular that gets the creative juices flowing?
For me, it’s more that there is plenty that can disrupt the creative juices. I find public places too distracting, for instance, which is why I generally write from home. I don’t listen to music, either. I concentrate best and keep on task in a still and quiet environment. Boring, I know, but productive.
I read that one of your fave novels is The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. It’s one of mine too! What are some of your other favorites?
I devoured The Hunger Games trilogy this past summer. The first book, in particular, was pure genius. Major kudos to Suzanne Collins. The Help by Kathryn Stockett was wonderful. I also have great admiration for Anita Shreve; The Weight of Water is my favorite of hers.
When you started writing Stork, did you have a number of books in mind that you’d like to write in the series, or did you just plan to see where the story took you?
It began as a stand-alone novel, but early on I knew I had enough material to stretch the story into a trilogy. Moving into the YA genre (from women’s fiction) had a lot to do with this decision. YA readers are well known for their loyalty to series and characters.
When you’re not writing, and playing tennis, what do you like to do to unwind?
So you’re aware of my small tennis addiction. When not writing or hitting tennis balls (hence the overused right arm), I like to watch tennis on TV (OK, so I also like Survivor and Idol). Weather permitting, I walk a lot. I read, naturally. And I love to travel.
Frost, Book 2 in the Stork Trilogy, is due this fall. Can you give us a teaser?
In book two, Kat’s magical abilities are tested after a deadly snowstorm brings to town a mysterious and beautiful weather researcher. When Jack becomes wrapped up in the visitor’s studies, Kat must unravel the alluring stranger’s true motives. The book is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Thanks so much for joining me on the blog, Wendy! It was a pleasure!
Well, thank you for having me. The pleasure was all mine.
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