Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wendy Higgins Interview

Hi guys! So recently I got to interview the amazing Wendy Higgins through email! She wrote the Sweet Evil trilogy and recently published her first book in the Eurona duology called The Great Hunt! I posted a review for the Great Hunt so check it out!
1. What inspired you to write the Great Hunt? Was it hard to create a new world of magic and beasts?
I was inspired by the introduction to the Brothers Grimm story “The Singing Bone.” As soon as I read the first paragraphs I had visions swirling through my mind. As for the story world, yes, it was hard for me. I’d never done anything like that. Every story I’d ever written to that point had all been based on earth, so creating lands, maps, and customs for a completely make-believe land was super fun, but a lot of work.
2. Which book was harder for you to write? Sweet Evil or The Great Hunt and why?
Sweet Evil was easier. That story flowed out of me much easier because it was first person point of view, based on earth, so I was able to focus more on one character and her actions/thoughts/circumstances.
3. Would you rather be a daughter of a Duke or would you rather be in Aerity’s position? Marry a man you have never known.
Ooh, holy cow, that is a hard one. During both books I was constantly thankful that I was not in these girls’ positions, haha. Although they’ve got some pretty awesome families, friends, and guys on their sides, so that’s a plus. But I guess I’d have to say I’d rather be in Aerity’s position. I’m a super sensitive softie (kind of like Anna) and I would die very quickly in the Sweet Evil world if I was expected to promote evil.
4. This is a hard question for everybody I believe! Who is more your type? Kaidan or Paxton and why?
Uuuuuuugh, you’re killing me, LOL!  Those are my boys!  Truly, both of them made me swoon and giggle, but if I have to choose I’m going to say Kaidan…because his journey made me cry so many tears.
5. Will we ever get a novella or a separate book about the side characters in any of your books?
I’m not sure about the Sweet Evil world, because it’s owned by the publisher (I’m contractually not allowed to write about angels/nephilim/demons unless it’s through them) and they haven’t asked for more. I would be open to it. I would also be open to writing a side story in the Eurona world after the sequel publishes because there is one particular character who I feel could use more of an ending…
6. Do you think you will ever try writing a contemporary novel again?
I am open to any idea that hits me and stays with me, regardless of genre. It just happens that the stories that have remained with me lately and not let my brain go have all been non-contemps.
7. What can we expect in the next book of The Eurona Duology?
You can expect more kissing, some unexpected twists in the relationships, war, and Princess Aerity stepping up even further for her kingdom.
8. Favorite YA novel?
The Poison Princess/Arcana Chronicles series by Kresley Cole. Brilliant and sexy.
9. How do you organize your thoughts when you write? Is there a certain method that you use?
I spend a LOT of time daydreaming, and then writing major thoughts in a spiral notebook. Sometimes I outline chunks of the story just to keep my mind straight. But usually I’m a panster and I just think…then write…think…then write. Then revise, and revise, and revise.
10. What advice do you give to aspiring writers?
Write the story on your heart. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Expect your first draft to be ugly – the beauty comes during revision. Getting published takes time and perseverance. Don’t give up on yourself.
Once again, Thank you Wendy for answering my questions!

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