Tuesday, July 9, 2013

FEATURE: AUTHOR OF THE MONTH.. (7)

Goodness. This happened so fast. When I emailed this fantastic Author for an interview, even though she's currently on vacation, she giddily agreed and answered my questions right away! I have been talking to her on Twitter for quite some time and I could say she's one of the sweetest and kindest author I've ever talked to. Aside from that, her books are very very SWOON WORTHY! So let me introduce to you my

WENDY HIGGINS.
What made you write?
~ I have always loved to write and tell stories. I'm one of those people who's always imagining something - to the point that I'm often oblivious of what's going on around me (which isn't good).  When I get a story stuck in my head and it won't go away, I HAVE to write it down in order to move on!  It's a blessing and a curse. :)
The frequently asked Q: what inspired you to write Sweet Trilogy?
~ Life. My life and the lives I see around me. Love. Heartbreak. Good and evil in everyday life. How we deal with our struggles. My desire to write the "perfect boy" with every trait that I find sexy. My spirituality. Just...everything in my life led to writing these books.

"Seriously, dog!! LOL" source
Anna exudes benevolence which I admire about her most. Would it be safe to say that her kind heart reflects you? *smiles*
~ I admit, Anna gets a few traits from me.  I tend to be very sensitive and compassionate. Emotional. Blonde haired and flat chested, hahaha!  But Anna is way stronger than me when it comes to temptations. She's the kind of girl I wish I would have been. The kind of girl I'd like my daughter to read about some day.
"Happiness!" source
 That painful ending in Sweet Evil, were you emotionally invested in it? (That was soooo painful *sniff, sniff*)
~ Well, you see, it's not as painful when you know the final outcome, which I did all along.  But I felt each emotional bit of their journey through each book.  I felt all of what my readers feel.
Aaaaaah, Kaidan!!! Do you think he would love to meet his Filipino fans?? *swoons!*
~ Oh, without a doubt. Yes, he would, lol.

"Let the final edits begin!! :)" source
In Sweet Peril, they traveled to get/convince other characters to be allies. Have you visited those countries yet?
~ No! I have never traveled and I'm DYING to!!!  I had to do a ton of online research to try and get all of the cultural facts correct.
If Kaidan will take you somewhere on a date, where would you want to go?
~ Well, this is awkward since I'm older and married, so let's pretend this question is for the teen me.  See, when I was a teen I was very naive and stupid when it came to boys. I was the girl who would've wanted Kaidan to take me ANYWHERE on a date and I'd be hoping all along he would fall in love with me.  *sigh*  Silly girl.
How do you manage your family time, writing and other things you love doing?
~ I live in a constant state of craziness, with house chores half finished and my mind going in a million different directions. I try to write while the kids are in school, but my son is only in preschool, which is 9 hours a week.  I don't get much time to myself during the days, so I do a good bit of writing at night. I try to put my family first. To push my story thoughts aside and give them my full attention, but it's not always easy. This active imagination is often an impediment! Makes me ditzy!  ;-P

"On the deck with my kids, some kettle corn, and a book. Let the summer begin!" source

How do you handle negative reviews?
~ I don't read reviews.  I did in the early days, and after spending a day depressed, curled up in the fetal position I realized that not everyone was going to "get" my book or love my book or even like it.  So I decided I was only going to focus on the people who do get it and like it.  The fans.  They make it all worthwhile.
Message to aspiring writers and to your Filipino fans.
~ To aspiring writers, write what's on your heart and don't worry about what anyone thinks. Also, don't expect perfection from your first draft. It's supposed to be ugly.  Revision is where the good stuff happens.
~ To my Filipino fans, you guys rock!!!  I would love to travel to the Philippines some day!  *crosses fingers*
ABOUT WENDY
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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Sweet Evil ( The Sweet Trilogy #1)

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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 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?
Sweet Peril ( The Sweet Trilogy #2)

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Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Well, what else can I say? THANK YOU SO MUCH, WENDY for this wonderful opportunity to know you better and share it with everyone! We all cannot wait for Sweet Reckoning next year and See Me this October! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! Thank you also to Sarah of HarperCollins for sending in an ARC of Sweet Peril!

I am happy that I liked Sweet Evil. It is another heart breaking romance that would make you fight the impossible and go against all odds. Reading it gives a roller-coaster emotion that would make you yearn for Sweet Peril.

Sweet Peril is a dangerous, sweet, funky and romantic sequel perfect for Sweet Evil! I may have cried tsunami in some heart-crushing parts but I loved how masochistic I've become! It is unputdownable, riveting and exciting! Can't wait for the final book to come out!

2 comments:

  1. I really need to check out this series. I've heard great things about it and this interview makes me want to read it even more! :)

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    1. I really enjoyed the books!! You should read them! There's a hot drummer there named KAIDAN! LOL

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