Author Guest Post With Wendy Knight + Giveaway!

Wendy Knight has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Warrior Beautiful .

 

 About The Author:
Wendy Knight

Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heel for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.


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Hi! Thanks for letting me come visit! I’ve been asked to talk about characterization—how I develop the characters and what has inspired them. So here we go!

Characters are usually what drive my story. They will be the very first thing I come up with, and I’ll think to myself, “Self, I like this creature. Let’s put it in a story.” (Yeah, I talk to myself exactly like that. I might be crazy. We haven’t tested me yet). For example, I have an obsession with unicorns. And then the unicorns started coming to life in my head. Just big, tough battle unicorns with no story and no anything, but they were getting pretty annoyed that I didn’t have a story for them yet. So I gave them some humans to play with—Scout and Trey.

When I pick my humans, I start with an image in my head. Then, I go to Pinterest (I’m an addict). I scour a gazillion photos until I find someone who looks close to the image in my head, and I pin it to the book’s board. Then, I come up with a name. Some are easy. Ari and Shane, in Feudlings, got their names because they were my favorites and I would have named children those names if we had had more. Which we didn’t and definitely will not. Scout, in Warrior Beautiful, was the same way. Loved the name, and the character formed around it.

Sometimes, I’ll try to change their name. It doesn’t work well. Lil Bit in Warrior Beautiful is a good example. I have a good friend who calls her daughter something very similar, and I didn’t want to steal it for my novel. So I tried and tried to call her something else and it. Didn’t. work. I had no choice but to beg my friend to let me steal the name. She laughed at me.

Some of my characters are inspired by real people. Hunter, in Feudlings, looks nothing like my husband but personality-wise, they are the SAME BOY.  Lil Bit is my oldest daughter without her unique abilities. I LOVE putting ex-boyfriends in my stories and then torturing them. Luckily, none of them read my books or we could have some awkward conversations.

My other favorite way to come up with characters is to be stuck somewhere and people watch. Like, I’m at the grocery store (it hardly ever happens. I’m terrified of grocery stores), and the woman in front of me has a gazillion things so I have nothing to do but stand there and think, and I watch her and come up with her whole life story, and wahla! She’s in my story.

Characters live in my head until I write their stories, and then they’re gone. Ari from Feudlings was there for a long time because it took me two years to write the first book, and nearly four to write the entire series, but now she’s gone and I miss her. Ashra the unicorn from Warrior Beautiful has replaced her, along with characters from future stories that I hope to write soon. They’re like my own little army of imaginary friends!

About The Book:


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Title: Warrior Beautiful (Riders of Paradesos, #1)
Author: Wendy Knight

Working with the ex you secretly love to save the souls of the innocent is almost as bad as working with a mighty battle unicorn who would be thrilled to watch you plummet to your death.

Scout is used to pain. Her body has been broken, her heart has been broken, and the only thing keeping her together is her relationship with her younger sister. Lil Bit be-lieves in unicorns and terrifying monsters she calls soul stealers. But unicorns and monsters aren’t real…are they?

When Lil Bit falls prey to the mysterious disease sweeping the country, Scout has two options – believe the doctors who say it’s a pandemic or believe Lil Bit, who says it’s the soul stealers. She chooses her sister and goes looking for the unicorns who are supposed to save them. What she finds aren’t the cute pastel mythical creatures she expects. Battle unicorns are big and tough and full of attitude. Who knew?

Unicorns are real and so are the monsters. Soul stealers are reaping the souls of the innocent, and the unicorns are fighting to stop them. But to save the world, they need the help of humans – the enemy they’re dying to protect. And first to sign up for the fight is the ex-boyfriend Scout’s heart won’t stop loving, no matter how determined she is to hate him.

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**Winner will win: an ecopy of Warrior International, a Warrior Beautiful keychain & a signed bookmark**

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Happy reading until next time!

Lucy