Congratulations on the release of The Wishing Well. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.
The Wishing Well is a Chapbook for Tweens. The residents in the village of The Tales, where The Wishing Well takes place, speak in story, so you will find a lot of storytelling within the story. You can read a lovely review by fellow GAP Author, Penelope Anne Cole here: http://penelopeannecole.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-wishing-well-by-kai-strand.html
What was the inspiration for this book?
Kai: After my first book, The Weaver, came out I had a lot of readers tell me that their favorite character was the misunderstood little gnome-elf, Unwanted. They suggested they’d like to see him cause more trouble in a new book. How could I resist?
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Kai: It is hard to pin down, but probably Chapter 11, Molly Weaves. Each chapter has a little anecdote at the beginning and Chapter 11’s is; The happy ending in the story isn’t always for you. I think this is the point in the story when main character, Molly, hits rock bottom. I know that sounds sad and depressing, but it’s really the point where she realizes that casting wishes and simply growing older won’t resolve her problems. It’s a turning point and I love turning points. Plus, the story Molly weaves cracks me up!
Is this your first published book?
Kai: No. As I mentioned, The Weaver was my first book. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. I also have another middle grade novel, Save the Lemmings, published by Featherweight Press.
We’d love to hear more about you.
First and foremost, I’m a wife and mother of four amazing children. Our oldest daughter just started her third year at Boise State, studying to become a Music Therapist. Our oldest son goes into the United States Navy in November. Our younger two children are still home and in school. Along with writing middle grade, I’m also a staff writer for www.Knowonder.com, an online children’s magazine that delivers a story a day for children to 10 years of age. And I write young adult novels, my first one, King of Bad, comes out in 2013. I’m a compulsive walker and would eat pizza every day if I thought I could get away with it.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale?
Kai: Yes, I’ll be traveling around the blogosphere on a virtual book tour beginning in October. I am also working on a local book signing for my friends and family and local readers in Central Oregon. Those interested in keeping up with my appearances (virtual and in person) should like my author page on Facebook: Kai Strand, Author.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming events for The Wishing Well?
Kai: My website has downloadable content related to my books as well as my appearance schedule, release dates, links to short stories. It’s chock full of information.