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.
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.
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.
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?
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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