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Monday, September 10, 2012

GAP FAMILY BLOG WELCOMES KAI STRAND, AUTHOR OF THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale

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.
 

Thank you for stopping in to share THE WISHING WELL: Another Weaver Tale with us. Readers can order their copy here. We are proud to add it to the ever-growing line of quality titles from Guardian Angel Publishing.

7 comments:

Mr Lonely said...

walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

Regards,
http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

BarbaraB said...

Kai, is that your daughter? It's a charming picture.

Kai Strand said...

Yes, Barbara, it is. This picture prompted a "HEY? Why does she get to be in your photos?" from my oldest daughter, so I took new author photos with her to promote my upcoming young adult novel. The tween to help promote the middle grade work and the teen to help promote the ya work. A nice capture in time (since they refuse to stay still!)

Margot Finke said...

Congrats Kai. Your series is wonderful. I am looking forward to reading The Wishing Well.

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Penelope Cole said...

Hi Kai, wishing you much success. I really enjoyed the Wishing Well and looking forward to reading the first book.

Susan J. Berger said...

I am so happy you wrote a sequel, Kai. Looking forward to reading it.

Kai Strand said...

Margot, Penelope and Susan,

Thank you so much for the kind words and for stopping in to read more about The Wishing Well.

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