SHATTERED SECRETS, the first novel in Krystal Wade's much awaited Book of Red series, releases today so grab your copy and dive into this gripping, magical world!
Shattered Secrets is about deception. Everyone has secrets. Even the secrets have secrets. The main character struggles to figure out who to trust, and in the end she learns she must trust herself.
Please tell readers a little about the book:
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols learns there is more to her world than she’s ever dreamed of: everything in her life is a lie, right down to her name; beings who have the power to shape and alter every human action are fighting for control; and the bad guys, even some of the good, want her dead.
Please describe the setting in SHATTERED SECRETS.
Shattered Secrets starts out in the beautiful, winter-stricken state of Virginia, then quickly moves to the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Who was the hardest character to write in SHATTERED SECRETS and why?
Mark Snellings was the absolute most difficult character to write in Shattered Secrets. He plays so many roles in the novel: concerned friend, jealous “friend” who wants more out of a relationship, creepy guy who acts slightly out of line, right down to psychotic murderer and back again. This would probably make most people believe I didn’t know who he was and should have worked on him harder, but the thing is: Mark Snellings doesn’t know who he is.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I’d have to say that the chapter titled The Funeral was my favorite scene to write. The emotions were overwhelming, and I found myself crying right along with the characters.
Are there any plot twists you can talk about without giving too much away?
Mark Snellings is a huge plot twist, but if I tell you too much more, I’ll ruin the surprise.
Is SHATTERED SECRETS the first in a series or is it a stand-alone read? If it is stand alone, can you tell us anything about your next project?
Shattered Secrets is the first in a planned three-book series. While it can stand alone, I have a feeling readers will want to follow Abby as she grows and learns more about her new life—and her role in it.
In your opinion, what is the market for SHATTERED SECRETS?
Fans of young adult fantasy, paranormal and adventure should enjoy Shattered Secrets. The book has a cross-over audience appeal, as well.
Do you ever get writer's block and if so how do you overcome it?
I’ve been known to get writer’s block on occasion. A lot of my suffering is due to self-doubt. I usually overcome this by reminding myself that I write for me first, and only hope others enjoy my books and characters as much as I do.
What advice do you have for aspiring young authors (children and teenagers)?
Live your life to the fullest. Without life experiences, you will have little to write about. Backpack across Europe. Go on a Safari. Climb mountains. Live spontaneously. Love a lot. Don’t ever be afraid. Then write and write and write without worrying about what others think. Make yourself happy, and take pleasure in sharing—even if only one other person in the world is touched by your story.
List three books you just recently read and would recommend?
Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, Alice in Zombieland, The Raven Boys
Why do you write Young Adult, Paranormal?
I write YA because I made a lot of mistakes when I was that age. I took my parents, friendships, my siblings, even myself for granted. I look back on all the hard times I endured, mostly self-inflicted, and think “I need to find a way to get through to young people, to help them, to give them something positive even if their life is dark”. And while none of my stories are preachy or anywhere close to self-help works, they all contain strong elements of family, of love, of believing in yourself and what you’re able to do. Most kids, even adults, don’t realize they need to love themselves before they can ever love someone else.
What do you see as challenges for the YA market? What ways would you suggest that the industry face them?
There are so many challenges in the YA market right now. I think the number one challenge is finding wholesome books that appeal to young people without making their parents cringe. There’s been a huge influx of sex (a perfectly relevant topic for young people) without consequences (not at all relevant) in a lot of literature. We all know young people think about sex, have sex, etc, but I’ve read several books where the main characters treat it all so nonchalantly, to a dangerous level. This isn’t realistic.
I believe the industry needs to institute a movie-rating system for books. I know many publishers have done this, but it’s not prominent enough, and the reasons for the ratings aren’t listed. And if my movie-rating dream ever does come true, quite honestly, I think Rated-R books should be restricted without proof of age. If you can’t get into a rated-r movie, why are kids able to buy those books? Sure, we all read our mother’s copies of Danielle Steel novels when we were growing up, but I’m pretty sure we can all agree that what’s out there right now is way steamier than any Danielle Steel novel.
What local community or charitable organizations, or writers groups do you belong too?
I belong to RWA and Indie-Licious
Tell us anything about you as a working writer that you think might be interesting or unusual:
Most of my story ideas are born on my 50-mile commute to work. Often times while I'm sitting in traffic, staring out the window at the same stupid trees and potholes and light poles that I've stared at for the past 15 years, an idea or image will spring into my mind. I end up lost in that idea and suddenly okay with my drive, okay with the traffic, and okay with it all. I'll slap a smile on my face and write down the idea as soon as I get home…two hours later.
After being kidnapped, hogtied, and stuffed in the trunk of a car, seventeen-year-old Abigail Nichols' boy problems seem unimportant. She couldn't be more wrong. The boy who saves her holds her heart. But Derick Crawford also holds secrets.
Magical beings who guide human emotions are fighting an invisible war dating back to the dawn of time, and Abigail's one of them. The more she learns of her heritage, the less she wants to know. Armed with a very old, very massive book to teach them about their history, Abigail and Derick run away to a place where they think they can be safe and happy, only to have their troubles secretly hitch a ride.
Her history book is in a sharing mood, and it tells her to keep a secret of her own. But has she put her trust in the wrong place? And will the world survive if she has?
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About Krystal Wade:
Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe this).
Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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