Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Feature & Interview: Wendy Higgins author of Sweet Evil

With me today is Wendy Higgins, author of Sweet Evil. I met Wendy at the SCBWI Summer Conference. We were both there for the PAL book signing. It was crowded, and I hadn't even realized that Wendy was sitting not far from me until things quieted down some, which was so cool because I had been wanting to read Sweet Evil and with her being there I was able to get my copy signed.

Sweet Evil has so many swoon worthy scenes, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance.

Sweet Evil
by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

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 Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Cherie: Where did the spark for Sweet Evil come from?

Wendy: I think it was a culmination of everything in my life up to that point: books I’d read, relationships, family, my spirituality, just everything!  The imagination is a funny thing.

Cherie: When did you first realize you wanted to write for children?

Wendy: I always liked writing. But it wasn’t until after I taught high school that I knew I wanted to write stories geared for that age group (and older).

Cherie: What do you like most about writing for this age group?

Wendy: I love that transition time into adulthood, when every decision matters more than ever, and with growing independence comes new experiences and realizations. It’s such an important time in a young person’s life.

Cherie: Can you tell us something about Kaidan we didn’t learn in Sweet Evil?

Wendy: Hm. Well, he has big feet, teeheehee. Seriously, though. Kaidan is really hungry for genuine affection.

Cherie: Congratulations on the sale of the sequel! Can you tell us what’s next for Anna and Kaidan?

Wendy: Thank you!  In the sequel, Sweet Peril, we really get to see Anna grow up, but there is a lot of pain between she and Kaidan - a lot needs to be worked out, but the dangers are higher than ever. It’s definitely going to be an adventure.

Now it’s time for some fun, random questions.

Favorite genre?
Anything with strong romance and romantic tension.

Spring or Autumn? 
Autumn!  We even named our daughter Autumn. :)

Favorite food? New York style cheese pizza

Where would your dream vacation be? (The sky’s the limit.) \Ireland, or anywhere in the UK, but I feel especially drawn to the Emerald Isle.

Are there any types of books you don’t read?
I’m not a fan of horror/gore  :-/

About the author:

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.

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