When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in third grade. Poems, short stories, babysitter novels. But I didn't get serious about writing until a few years ago. I had this story in my head, one that had to get out, but when I sat down I realized I didn't know what I was doing. So, I read a ton of books. I studied them, and then I sat down in 2011 and wrote. I haven't stopped since.
Your profile shares that you're a parent of 3 and work within the DC beltway. When do you find the time to write and how do you manage to carve out enough time to do the even harder work of editing?
So you've read my mother of three, fifty miles from home mantra, huh? Well, I guess I manage the way everyone does: one step at a time. I go to work, and on breaks and at lunch, I write. I come home and take care of the family, and in any free moment—and some arranged moments—I write. I also miss out on sleep.
I treat editing the same way.
Have you ever written anything in another genre (contemporary, horror, etc.) or are you pretty much wed to your current genre?
I'm not wedded to anything but my imagination. I've started a romantic suspense, one that I'll probably rip up and use for pieces of another book I've thought up. But my current project is an urban fantasy/mystery/suspense/thriller/romance. Take that!
If you could put yourself into Katriona's story, what role would you play?
I'd play the girl hiding in the closet. I'm afraid of all things scary and spooky! What's that, you ask? You don't remember reading about a girl hiding in a closet? That's cause the daemons killed her a long, long time ago!
What book are you reading/have you read recently that blew you away?
Hmm. Which one. Which one. This is so tough. I'm always reading really good books. Let's see . . . I loved The Unbecoming and The Evolution of Mara Dyer—definitely some faves. But I've read so many great ones this year . . . Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Ever by Jessa Russo, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I highly recommend all of these!
About Krystal Wade - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers–who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas–sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?
Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.
About Wilde’s Army - Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, IndieBound
Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of.
However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem.
Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested.
How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?
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