"An unforgettable experience in magic, adventure, and love. I was immediately captivated by the story and couldn't stop turning pages." - Vicki Keire, Best-Selling YA Author
“Krystal Wade's world of war, prophecy, and darkness takes readers on a twisting journey where the fate of a people is at stake and, through courage and faith, love and peace are the ultimate reward. If you're a fan of YA fantasy, look no further than Krystal Wade's debut novel WILDE'S FIRE.” – Sarah Balance, sarahballance.com
Krystal honored me with an interview about Wilde's Fire and her journey to become a writer AND a special giveaway. Thank you for being here!
A few years ago, I sat down and tried to write Kate's story, but I couldn't. So I did what any good author should do . . . I researched. This meant keeping my nose in book after book after book. My family claims I disappear when I read. They may be right! Once the mechanics sunk in, I tried writing Wilde's Fire again. Six weeks later I had a rough draft. Eight months later I submitted for publication. The rest is history.
It sounds like you have a busy life. You’re a mom with a 50 mile commute. How do you find time to write?
HA! "Find" time? I make time. I'm a professional dark-circle-under-the-eyes-wearer. I stay up late, wake up early, don't take breaks or lunch. This is my dream. Sometimes we have to give up a few things. Every now and then I crash.
What do you like best about your main character, Katriona Wilde? In what ways is she like you?
I like Kate because she starts out thinking her life is perfect, but little does she know it's far from it. Once she plummets into the Darkness, she doesn't freak out. Deep down inside, she's really stronger than she ever imagined, and even though nothing is as she knew it, she accepts this because she finds love. And really, there is no greater human emotion than love. Without realizing it, I wrote a bit of myself into her. Though I never thought my life to be perfect, I found love in the darkness and realized I was a lot stronger than I ever gave myself credit for. So I guess you can say we're a lot alike.
Katriona is a freshman at Virginia Tech, so this falls on the upper end of the YA spectrum. Do you consider it to be “New Adult”?
Hmm. This is a great question, and one I realize I don't have a clear answer to (hint: I wrote this sentence AFTER I wrote the following answer). Wilde's Fire teeters the genres. Kate deals with a lot of "feelings" for the first time in her life, which keeps the story more YA, but she is older, and Arland (the hero) is 25. Definitely older than most YA. A couple of my fans suggested the story may be considered purely Fantasy (without the YA in front of it). They may be right, but I've found my biggest fans are on the younger side. So . . . umm . . . who knows? :-)
In Wilde’s Fire, Katriona finds a portal to a magical world. Can you give us a preview as to what this world is like?
Dark. Very, very dark. For seven months the sun hasn't slid across the sky throughout the day. The temperature dropped, and the plants died. Life itself is ceasing. The worst part: Darkness brought creatures, and they are not friendly!
What’s your favorite scene in Wilde’s Fire?
Without giving too much away . . . when Kate discovers what fuels her power, things get a little crazy. The Darkness overhead parts, the daemons back off their attack, and magical beings seem to appear from everywhere and everything. There are so many colors and things going on when this happens, and I feel the story really begins to unfold for the reader and for Kate and Arland.
Anything you can tell us about what’s coming next for Katriona in Book 2?
The pace is non-stop, as is the action. Kate is on a mission, and the fear she used to carry is all but gone. :-) I can't say too much more.
Thank you Krystal! If you have any more questions for Krystal, post them in comments and she'll get back to you.
To celebrate her release, Krystal is giving away an autographed copy of Wilde's Fire!! To be entered to win, use the Rafflecopter form below. You can win extra entries by spreading the word about the Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest. Krystal will be returning to judge this contest and the winner(s) will get a chance to be published by Curiosity Quills Press!!
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