Thursday, 4 October 2012

BLOG TOUR: Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol - Interview

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Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol

We are so happy to have Wendy here for an interview!

The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets. 

After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen — and Marik has come to collect. What’s worse, Katla doesn’t dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla’s stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press

First of all, thank you for stopping by at OMFG!Books! We're glad to have you. Please tell our readers a little about yourself before we start.

Thank you for having me. My short bio includes the following: born in Canada, grew up in the Detroit area, attended Michigan State University, lived twenty years in L.A., and currently reside in Des Moines with my husband and two teen sons.

Let's start off with the easy stuff: Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Coffee. This after having grown up with an English mother, who proposed tea as a remedy for all things emotional and physical. But it just doesn’t get me going in the morning the way coffee does. Besides, my husband brews an excellent pot of coffee.

Can you tell us one odd/interesting fact about yourself?

An odd fact about me: I have a small fascination with stories of alien abduction. Let me add here that I personally (and thankfully) have no recovered memories or lost time to report. But I watch TV shows that document such accounts; they both fascinate and terrify me.

Are there any particular songs, or do you have a specific playlist that help you get in the writing zone?

I always fail the music questions. Miserably. Alas, I don’t listen to music while writing. Or pretty much at all. It’s odd, I know. And maybe should have been my answer to the previous “odd” fact about me. In the car, I listen to NPR news or programming or books on tape. I tend to tune out music. Words, on the other hand, engage me.

Do you have any weird/quirky habits you do while writing? Any rituals?

I write in pencil and keep a notebook for each project. Before sitting down, I sharpen about six pencils. I begin by writing down the date and a starting word count. My word goal is usually 500 a day. Unless I feel I’ve been slacking, in which case I up the count to 1000. I’ve been shooting for that 1k lately because I honestly don’t know where the summer went.

What were your favorite books when you were a child? Which was the book that inspired you to then become a writer yourself?

I liked: The Happy Hollisters mysteries, Trixie Belden, Little House on the Prairie, and Nancy Drew. But the honest truth is I wasn’t an avid reader as a child. I was much more the “let’s play kick the can” type. In part, I think this was a function of my early school start. In Michigan, the cutoff date for kindergarten was December 1st. I was born November 25th, which meant I started kindergarten at age four. Too early. I caught up by junior high, but my elementary years were a struggle.

The book that made a reader and writer of me was Pride and Prejudice. I had just graduated college and was finally able to read something of my own choice. I stayed up all night reading. It’s my favorite love story. Ever. And I reread it all the time.

How does it feel to be at the end of the trilogy? Is it bittersweet? Will you miss these characters?

Like the closure of many things, there are mixed feelings. I enjoyed writing the trilogy, and, yes, I will miss the characters. And Katla’s sense of humor was fun to channel. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to a new project.

What was your favorite scene to ever write? The most complicated?

My favorite scene is the Asking Fire from Stork. It depicts the school’s tradition of a bonfire the Saturday before Homecoming. Girls feed the name of their hoped-for date to a (supposedly) magical fire. I enjoyed writing Katla’s observations as the new girl in town. It was also a chance to have her interact with Jack outside of school proper.

The most complicated scene to write was Katla’s journey to Niflheim, one of the nine worlds or realms found in Norse mythology. Stork never left a contemporary setting. From the beginning, I knew that Frost, a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, would necessitate an actual journey to her castle. It was a tough balance, maintaining Stork’s modern world while creating an out-of-this-universe quest. Flock is back on good old Midgard (earth as it’s more commonly known), I’m happy to report.

Thank you so much for being here, once again! 

It's been a pleasure.


Wendy Delsol is the author of a young adult trilogy: STORK (2010), FROST (2011), and FLOCK (2012). The books are inspired by Norse mythology, adventure and Icelandic folklore. STORK was one of 25 titles out of over 1000 to receive a 2010 VOYA Perfect Ten and one of ten to win a 2011 Westchester Fiction Award. Delsol’s adult novel, THE McCLOUD HOME FOR WAYWARD GIRLS, was named an August 2011 Barnes and Noble Pick of the Week. The book is set in Iowa and tells the story of three generations of women and the secrets that bind them. Wendy has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a graduate degree from California State University, Long Beach. She was born in Canada, grew up in Michigan, lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and now resides in Des Moines with her husband and two teen sons.

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