Author Interview: Wynne Channing (What Kills Me Trilogy)

I’ve got an incredible treat for you guys today. A short while ago I read two amazing books: What Kills Me and the sequel I Am Forever by Wynne Channing. As you noticed from my reviews that I shared yesterday there is no shortage of my adoration for this trilogy. Well, today’s treat is an interview with none other than author and journalist, Mrs. Wynne Channing. Be sure to comment below and share some love for this awesome author. Enjoy!

Interview with Wynne Channing

First, tell us a little about your current series. How many books can we expect? Why vampires?

I had planned three books in the What Kills Me series. Unless, its characters beg to stay alive (ha!), I will conclude the adventure after the next book.

Why vamps? Why not? I loved reading Anne Rice when I was younger. I find the idea of immortality fascinating. I just think that if we were all immortal, we’d be so bored out of our minds.

In this series, I’m more interested in the super hero’s tale. What would you do if you discovered that you were the most extraordinary creature in the world? What would do with your infinite power and how would that change you?

Second, okay you have an idea for a story, what do you do next?

Put pen to paper! A hundred words of the worst poop you’ve written is better than zero words.

Do you use an outline? If so, are there ever any surprises?

Some writers explore as they write. I’m a plotter. I plot every twist and turn until the last page.

For What Kills Me, I imagined key scenes throughout the story. A girl crawling out of a well covered in blood. A fight scene in a Taipei alley. A spectacular and shocking conclusion. I see my book very cinematically. The same goes for the sequel; I have moments that I see very clearly in my mind, including an epic ending. Everything in the middle, I’m not so sure about. So there’s a little bit of exploration involved there.

Plotting allows me to plan for twists. It allows me to see where I can put in red herrings, moments of irony, and foreshadowing. Plus, What Kills Me is the first of a series. Since I’ve plotted parts of Part Three, I know what bread crumbs to leave in Part One to lead up.

Let’s talk about those beautiful covers. What was your initial idea for them and did it change?

For the first book, I saw an image done by artist, Liliana Sanches, and I loved the idea of matter exploding from a girl’s body. I asked Liliana to design the face of my book.

The first draft that she came up with for What Kills Me was beautiful but it did not fit the spirit of the story. It featured a beautiful girl, sitting by the waterside. It said: “Hey, every vampire in the world is trying to cut my head off but let me relax on this rock for a moment.” We went back to the drawing board.

Liliana’s cover for I Am Forever is inspired by a moment where Zee is standing in the snow and she has discovered some terrifying news about her family.

Who are some authors you would say influenced you and your writing, if any?

I admire so many writers. Ernest Hemingway for his economy of words. Rohinton Mistry for his rich narration. Cormac McCarthy for his poetic prose.

Finally, in your opinion, what makes a great storyteller?

A great storyteller takes the reader away. She tickles or enlightens or educates or moves.

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i am foreverCheck out the blurb for I Am Forever, Book Two:

Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

Her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

Buy I Am Forever: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo | B&N | Smashwords | Goodreads

What Kills MeAbout What Kills Me, Book One: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?


Buy What Kills Me:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads

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About Wynne: Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

 

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Reviews: What Kills Me & I Am Forever by Wynne Channing

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I have a most excellent treat to share with all of you pertaining to What Kills Me author Wynne Channing.

what kills meTitle: What Kills Me, Book One
Author: Wynne Channing
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Edition: Ebook
Genre: vampires, young adult
Publisher: Jet & Jack Press
Published Date: June 6th, 2012
My Rating: 4parachutes
My review: Wow! What an intense read. I was hooked from the first page. This incredible tale begins when we meet average teenager Axelia while she is still human, studying abroad in Italy. Axelia, anxious to step out of her comfort zone and take her best-friend-back-home’s advice she starts hanging out with the cute stranger, Paolo. Things go from odd to running for her life in hardly any time at all.

Once Axelia climbs out of the ancient well, the plot really escalates as we are thrust into a world of hierarchical vampires bent on extinguishing her immortal life.

Characters Axelia and Lucas were hilarious together and the perfect companions for this adventure.

The story was captivating from start to finish. The plot flowed seamlessly and the pace was perfect. While I was reading time was a blur and I was finished before I knew it. This is not “just another vampire” book, this is something else with a twist. What kind of twist? Well you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what I mean.

i am foreverTitle: I Am Forever, Book Two
Author: Wynne Channing
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Edition: Ebook
Genre: vampires, young adult
Publisher: Jet & Jack Press
Published Date: December 31st, 2013
My Rating: 4parachutes
My Review: Another win for this talented author who made me care about vampires again when I thought for sure I could never read another vampire book again.

Axelia and Lucas are back only now they’re living under the same roof as the Empress and as is typically par for the course things are complicated. This time around the cast expands even further and we meet Lucas’ brother and Axelia’s friend from back home, as well as some other really great new characters like Axelia’s chaperone, San, who can be counted on for many good laughs and Brogan, her maid.

I Am Forever starts off a little slow, but then picks up rather quickly and doesn’t stop until the very end. Overall, a fantastic follow-up to What Kills Me. I can’t wait to see how the story ends in the final installment!

Top Ten Tuesday and Teaser Tuesdays

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Teaser Tuesday, a weekly meme created by MizB at Should Be Reading, is an opportunity for bloggers to tease their blogging friends about a book they are reading in just two sentences picked from a random page without giving away spoilers.

My teaser for this week is …

“They’re all in the mattress, these things that will lead us back together. So I hold the memory tightly to me as I close my eyes.

~ pp. 184, The Program by Suzanne Young

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish where Jamie and her co-bloggers create a top ten list for a given topic. Then they ask the blogging world to contribute their own thoughts on the topic. As always images will take you to the respective Goodreads page.

This week’s top ten is: Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read (but want to and plan to soon)

  1. Kelley Armstrong
  2. Tahereh Mafi
  3. Leigh Bardugo
  4. Sarah J. Maas
  5. Meg Cabot
  6. Rae Carson
  7. Gayle Forman
  8. Marissa Meyer
  9. Veronica Roth
  10. Marie Lu

This week’s top ten was super easy because I still consider myself a YA noob even though I’ve been blogging this genre for nearly two years. I’m becoming a faster reader, but I wasn’t one up until recently. Because of the slowness I have not gotten to half the series I’ve wanted to.

February Reading Challenges Wrap-Up

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TBR Reading Challenge 2014

February

Books Read: School Spirits (my review)

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February

Books Read: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (my review)

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Lucky No. 14 Reading Challenge

February

Books Read:

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Review Pile Reading Challenge

February

Books Read: Ophelia and The Marvelous Boy (my review)

Thoughts: If I’d kept up with my schedule this would have been a much more filling list. Not too bad, at least I read two books. Definitely need to pick my momentum back up.

Areas to Improve: I should get to more review books and a couple of the No. 14 categories.

This Month’s Plan: For March I have a number of new releases and review books lined up and only two TBR books.

Stacking the Shelves + Week in Review

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Stacking the Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you get to share the books you’ve gotten each week. As usual book covers/hyperlinks will take you to their respective Goodreads’ page.

Okay so this is going to be a two-week haul as I’ve been MIA from let’s say everything for the last couple of weeks. I didn’t do too bad overall.

Pre-Order that Came In:

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  • Pre-Ordered this last week when they dropped the price by $4! I can’t wait to start JLA’s newest series. I’ve already determined a week later this month to read and review the three JLA books I haven’t read/finished yet. Ie., White Hot Kiss, Wait For You and Obsession

Purchased at B&N:

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  • This is one of those books I have been wanting to read for a while, but I was waiting for it to come out in paperback. When I was at the store for gift cards for the twins 7 year birthday gifts, I picked it up even though I don’t really have the funds to splurge at the moment. No regrets! :)

Purchased at Goodwill:

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  • I actually found an ARC copy which really surprised me. I have this on my kindle, but it was $2 how could I resist that?
  • I’ve never read anything by Echols, but I’ve heard enough good things to make me want to. Plus, I love the idea behind this one. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly a plane and I’m really hoping this doesn’t disappoint.
  • This sounds heartbreaking, I don’t know exactly when I’ll be able to get to it, but I really liked Delirium and I know this author can put out good stuff.

Kindle Monthly Deal:

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  •  I was so excited to see this for $3.99! I’ve wanted to read it forever and now with the sequel out… This is one of those books whose cover is so amazing if I like the book enough I’ll be in search of a copy for my bookshelf!

Week in Review

Monday…

Tuesday…

Wednesday…

Thursday…

Friday…

Saturday…Author Interview with Richard Roberts

Sunday… Stacking the Shelves + Week in Review

Sorry about the blog being so quiet. I started back to work full time and I was bowled over by some surprising news at the same time. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit distracted. Things have calmed down for now, so hopefully the posts will start back up with some regularity.