Today, I’d like to welcome to Preternatura author KD McEntire, whose debut YA urban fantasy/romance Lightbringer was released last November. KD lives in the Kansas City area, and is celebrating the release (tomorrow!) of the second in her series, Reaper. You can learn more about KD and her books at her website.
Want to win copies of both Lightbringerand Reaper? Read on…
ABOUT LIGHTBRINGER: Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on—but she does not seek them out. They seek her. They yearn for her . . . or what she can do for them. Without Wendy’s powers, the Lost, the souls that have died unnaturally young, are doomed to wander in the never forever, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the light. Each soul costs Wendy, delivering too many souls would be deadly, and yet she is driven to patrol, dropping everyone in her life but her best friend, Eddie—who wants to be more than friends—until she meets Piotr.Piotr, the first Rider and guardian of the Lost, whose memory of his decades in the never, a world that the living never see, has faded away. With his old-fashioned charms, and haunted kindness, he understands Wendy in ways no one living ever could, yet Wendy is hiding that she can do more than exist in the never. Wendy is falling for a boy who she may have to send into the light. But there are darker forces looking for the Lost. Trying to regain the youth and power that the Lost possess, the dark ones feed on the Lost and only Wendy and Piotr can save them—but at what cost?
ABOUT REAPER: Reaper is set in a world a breath away from our own. After the death of her mother, Wendy is attempting to fill her mother’s shoes and discovering that the prospect is far more difficult than she ever imagined. Learning that she is part of a powerful and ancient family of Reapers that her mother had forsaken is just the first surprise—Wendy soon discovers that the San Francisco Bay Never is filled with political powers and factions both previously unknown and completely mysterious to Wendy. Since both her mother and Piotr are gone, Wendy must struggle to maneuver between the machinations of the dead and the dark intentions of her living Reaper family. Eventually betrayed and made sick unto death, the clock is ticking before Wendy will fall—she has only a matter of days to unravel the mysteries her mother left behind and to convince her wary family to accept her as one of their own.
Now, let’s hear from KD. Welcome!
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your series.
REAPER and NEVER, parts two and three in the LIGHTBRINGER trilogy, are the next two books to hit shelves. They’re basically expanding on the universe and introducing Wendy to the Reapers, her extended family, and explaining why the Never exists in the first place. Piotr finally fully remembers his past and learns exactly why he and Wendy are so connected.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
I think my favorite scene is in NEVER. I don’t dare describe it in detail – spoilers abound – but we get to see Piotr’s mother. She’s a very interesting character and I had a lot of fun writing her.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
There’s an unpublished novel sitting on my hard drive that I wrote and rewrote about half a dozen times before setting it aside. The hardest scene I’ve ever tackled was when I killed off a major supporting character in this particular book. He was such a vivid, fun character and I loathed saying goodbye but it was what needed to happen.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution is on my nightstand. Fair Coin is in the car. Let’s Pretend This Never Happenedby the Bloggess/Jenny Lawson is in the bathroom and Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett (I’m rereading all my Pratchett in order) is queued up on the tablet.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Too many to count! I was constantly reading and I devoured every book I could get my hands on. I DID reread most of the VC Andrews books at least half a dozen times by twelve. Ditto for all the available Stephen King – I think I read The Stand ten times before I turned twenty and I first picked up IT at age ten. As for books aimed for my actual age bracket, anything by Christopher Pike or the original LJ Smith would get my birthday cash every time.
Your five favorite authors:
Stephen King. Terry Pratchett. Holly Black. JK Rowling. They’re the ones I automatically pre-order when I hear a new title is coming out, but I’m also fond of Robin Wasserman, Kris Reisz, Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, and Scott Westerfield.
Book you’ve faked reading:
I never finished Heart of Darkness but that’s the only book I’ve ever started in earnest that I didn’t complete. (Browsing books in the bookstore doesn’t count!)
Book you’re an evangelist for:
Tripping to Somewhere by Kris Reisz.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Twilight. I picked up a copy on Amazon before it hit big just because I had a little spare cash and the cover was very unique for the time.
Book that changed your life:
Lightbringer. I know that’s not what you’re looking for with this question, but honestly books don’t sway me much. I take all self-help books with a shaker full of salt and while I love fiction, it doesn’t change who I am at my core. It never has. The only book to actually affect my life and how I look at things was the first one I got published. It proved to me that I could do this, that I could actually write for a living, and that other people might be interested in the stories I’ve been telling myself since I was a little girl. (Suzanne sez: I actually think that’s a brilliant answer and wished I’d thought of it.)
Favorite line from a book:
“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – Hermione Granger. I busted up laughing so hard I cried. It was just so Hermione, you know?
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Under the Dome (Stephen King). Mostly because I will never, ever read that book again. Or, at least, I don’t think I will. It’s one of the few books I’ve read where I was just SO FRUSTRATED with the characters that I actually wished it was feasible to reach into the book. Why? I wanted to physically throttle almost all of them. I’d like to enjoy the story again without wanting to commit character homicide.
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum made my sick to my stomach. I finished it but only because I desperately wanted to know that everyone got their comeuppance in the end. I had to put that book down a LOT and it took me a long time to wade through. If brain bleach existed, I’d use it to scour that book from my head… and finding out years later that it was based on a true story made it even more horrid.
Favorite book about books or writing:
On Writing by Stephen King. So far as I’m concerned every writer who wants to get published needs to read On Writing.
I’m finishing up a round of edits for Never, I’ve got a YA manuscript making the rounds, and I’m pounding out some pretty interesting proposals. I’ll be at DragonCon in Atlanta when Labor Day rolls around. Other than that, I’m playing it by ear.
This is a great chance to win the first two books in this terrific series. Note that Lightbringer is a hardcover copy, while Reaper is a trade-sized ARC. Reading KD’s answers made me think about how Stephen King has influenced so many of today’s genre fiction authors, myself included. So for today, if you love All Things Steve, what’s your favorite? I too have read The Stand a bazillion times, but It is the one that creeped me out the most.
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