Q&A with #YA Author KD McEntire & W*n REAPER & LIGHTBRINGER

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 LIGHTBRINGERWendy 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.
What’s next?
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.
Thanks, KD!
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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32 thoughts on “Q&A with #YA Author KD McEntire & W*n REAPER & LIGHTBRINGER

  1. “If you love All Things Steve, what’s your favorite?” Hard question for me to answer. I had to refer to my “list”. Turns out I have 67 books by Steven King. My favorite seems to change from time to time. So I’ll list my top 4 – Tommyknockers, Pet Sematary, Dreamcatcher & Lisey’s Story. I think Tommyknockers creeped me out the most. Also have 34 movies and 24 books about King.

  2. I’m not a fan of stephen king because i ‘m not fond of Horror and the film IT traumatized me^^;;

    but i would be happy to fdiscover the lightbringer series

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  3. I’ll get clobbered for this, but I don’t understand Steve’s appeal. He’s got some cool ideas, but I’m no fan of his writing or the execution of those ideas.

    Lightbringer and Reaper sound cool though, so count me in for the giveaway.

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  4. I would love to win Lightbringer especially but Reaper sounds wonderful as well!

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  5. Steve subject – I read many of them when I was younger…too young. When I read Geralds Game at age 11 – I was completely wigged out and permanently traumatized. ACK I still have nightmares about that book..and no i never finished it. Carrie and Cujo were my favs.

    I was obsessed with Christopher Pike….seriously.

    You know me…i follow you everywhere LOL

  6. Congratulations on the book! I haven’t read any Stephen King books yet.

    I follow the blog.


  7. @Levina–you should join in at tor.com every Monday–we’re reading a chapter a week of the Dark Tower series (yep, it’s going to take forever!). We started in May 2011 and are now about 3/4 through Wizard and Glass.

    Here’s the thing about Stephen King for me. Is he the most technically proficient writer? No. He breaks “rules” all over the place that a writer like me, who HASN’T sold a bazillion books, would never get away with. What he does really, really well, however, is develop deep characters and memorable friendships (NOT romantic relationships as a rule, though), and really, really good descriptions. The ideas are always intriguing. Usually, if I’m going to not like a Stephen King book, it will be in the ending. I thought IT was brilliant and it scared the crap out of me…and I hated the ending. Same with TOMMYKNOCKERS, which I also love. My favorite is THE STAND, and I do think he nailed the ending on that one for me as a reader.

    • Heck, I’m just glad to see someone, Levina, say that the ending to the Dark Tower series was fitting. I thought so too, but mostly you just see people whine that it was no good.

  8. First, I think that it’s hilarious to keep potty training books around 🙂 I’ve heard so many things about the first book so id love to get my paws on it- I have a special thing for reapers 🙂 last I think almost everyone loves mr king. He fascinates me lol
    I follow via gfc and email and twitter 🙂

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    VC Andrews books were my first “grownup” books that I read and i got to admit Flowers in the Attic gave me nightmares for ages.
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  10. I have to say I like Stephen King but I havent read a ton of his books. I finished the Dark Tower series but most of his books that were made into movies I have not read. 🙁 I also always read Christopher Pike and R L Stine when I was younger. This sounds like a great series to get in to. It is cool that the author is from Kansas City area. I live about an hour north of KC. 🙂

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  11. I haven’t read any of Kings novels, but I’ve seen the movie IT…gave me nightmares and I still hate clowns to this day (I’m in my 20’s LOL)

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  12. Thanks for the interview I enjoyed reading it. And after having read some reaper series lately, they are fast becoming a favourite of mine. There are so many possibilities here. So I would love to win your books.
    Stephen King is not for me though, way too scary.

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  13. I had to stop reading everyone’s comments because I’d want to reply to them all! I love Stephen King (and how someone with 67 of his books can misspell his first name, Roger! — I kid and it only ruffles my feathers because my first name is Stephen), but I haven’t read all of his work, or even near to it. I missed a lot of his earliest work, and a lot of what is considered his best. I’ve not read It or The Stand. I didn’t finish Under the Dome because I had a lot going on and there were SO MANY characters to try to keep straight that after setting the book down for a week or two, I couldn’t pick it back up. I loved the Dark Tower especially though. A favorite. And I’m glad to see yet another writer choose On Writing as the best book on writing (see what I did there?!?). I love reading these Q&As. Writers writing or talking ABOUT writing is always great stuff.

  14. Ohh! These books sounds awesome 😀 Would love to read them. <3 *fingers crossed.* I have not read any SK books :( But I do want to. Cause they all sounds awesome. And It sounds so creepy. Hoping I might like them. :)

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    Love, Carina

  15. stephin king ? his books are scary….i alway remember his book “bag of bones’…i can;t sleep for 2 days…the ghost is frightening’

    anyway…about ‘lightbringer’ is awesome…i love the soft cover and the story sound exciting too..
    thx 4 the chance of win 🙂

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  16. I have mixed feeelings when it comes to SK. Like, really mixed. He’s a genius, no doubt, but sometimes I just think he’s too much. For me, anyway

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  17. I haven’t read any books by Stephen , but still i had seen one movie, Cujo 🙂

    and i still want to try this series..please 😀

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  18. I haven’t read many steven king books but my favourtie is ‘misery’. I think he’s inspired a lot of people though, and has loads of fans out there. I tend to think that his books are quite similar to richard laymon’s books of which I have also read a few ☺
    can’t wait to read lightbringer and reaper. They are going on my wishlist now!
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  19. I have not read Steven King books since I don’t read in that genre, but the Lightbringer trilogy sounds very intriguing!

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