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Q/A with Wendy Higgins Author of Sweet Evil

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Synopsis: What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

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 will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.


A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Q/A with Author Wendy Higgins

Wendy Higgins
Please help us welcome author Wendy Higgins of the upcoming release Sweet Evil! Thank you for taking the time to be with us today Wendy. Let's get started with our Q/A.

-When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I always loved writing, just for fun, but I thought of it as a hobby. In high school I put on my “life goals” list that I wanted to write children’s books, but it was a faraway dream.

- How long does it take you to write a book?
The first draft usually takes two months, but my stories always need a ton of revision, rewriting, adding and deleting, so the whole process can take upwards of one year.
- What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write while my kids are in school (my son is only in preschool three mornings a week), so I don’t get much daytime writing done. Most of my writing is done in the evenings when the house is quiet. I’ll write from about 8-11 every night.
- What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not sure how interesting this is, but I’m extremely ditzy/flighty/air-headed/absent-minded/distracted while I’m in story mode. I’m always daydreaming about the story instead of paying attention to real life. It’s not always a good thing, lol.
- Where do you get your inspiration or ideas for your books?
From life. From the issues, desires, and fascinations in my own heart and the hearts of those around me. From my crazy, unexplainable imagination.
- When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote and illustrated a book called The Day the Whole Class Got the Chickenpox when I was five. It was a masterpiece, complete with stick figures and a twist at the end, haha. I started many books during middle and high school, but never completed any of them.
- What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Play with my kids, travel to see my parents, listen to my iPod while I do housework (blech), read, critique for my writing friends, go on dates with my husband, and talk with people on all the social networking sites.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
My dark side is darker than I thought.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve completed three books (although two of them need more revision). Choosing a favorite is like choosing my favorite child - impossible. They’ve each been challenging and inspiring in their own special ways. I suppose Sweet Evil will always be my baby, though.
- Do you have any suggestions for other aspiring writers?
Don’t try to mimic other writers - do your own thing. Write what’s on your heart, and don’t worry what anyone will think. Learn your grammar and punctuation rules. Respect the apostrophe. Take breaks if you need, but don’t give up.
- What made you want to write for YA?
My own teen years were a time of family turmoil, profound new experiences, friend drama, boy drama, self-discovery, heartbreak, and learning. The lows were very low, and the highs were way up there. It’s a glorious and confusing time. A beautiful and ugly stage. I remember it all so clearly, and I want to reach out to the ones who are going through all of that.
- What do you think makes a good story?
Tension. Relatable characters. Realistic dialogue. Hot boys…teehee
-For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published?
DO make sure your story is complete, revised, and polished. DO find a trusted critique partner or two to review it before you query. DO write a catchy query. DON’T send it out without doing those things, because you’ll ruin the opportunity with your top choices. DON’T give up when the rejections start pouring in…and pour they will. It’s part of the process.
- What do you consider invaluable resources for an aspiring writer?
The support of other writers is invaluable, whether it’s in person or online. You need a like-minded support group. Writing sites like figment.com are a good place to start.
-Can you tell us a little about your next project?
I’ve finished the sequel to Sweet Evil (it’s under consideration with the publisher). I need to start the final book in the trilogy now. I’m also working on an Irish story about Faerie lore and Leprechauns, a love story called See Me.
-In your opinion what makes a great character?
They need to be likeable while also being flawed. Their motives need to be realistic.
-Which character do you identify most with in Sweet Evil, if any?
Anna. I was naïve and innocent at her age, and I’m still naïve about a lot of things (although not so innocent anymore, lol).
-If you could be any character, in any book who would you be?

Rose from Vampire Academy. I’d love to be a kick-ass brunette for a day.

You can pre-order Wendy Higgin's Sweet Evil today!
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