Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Weaver by Kai Strand

Welcome to Author Kai Strand!

Bio:
I write middle grade and young adult novels. The Weaver is my first published novel. I am a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in my household is laughter. The second most common is, “Do your dishes!” I sing in the community choir, I garden when the temperature allows and I love, love, love to read.

Interview:

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I walk (on average) 45 miles per month. A common route for my walking buddy and me is a mile long hike UP a cinder butte. The rise is almost 500 feet in the mile long trail. It’s a hike that really gets our cardio pumping! We cover our four mile route in an hour. When I get home, I’m usually craving a fried egg on buttered toast. Each time I eat an egg after exercise, I think of Gaston from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, “And now that I’m grown I eat five dozen eggs. So I’m roughly the size of a barge!” (I love Gaston!)

Night owl, or early bird?
Annoyingly, I’m both! Unfortunately, my mind wakes up fast and thoroughly, usually by 6:30 am and I can’t go to bed before 11:30 pm. That isn’t good, but I if I go to bed earlier, I wake up earlier. If I go to bed later, I wake up at the same time. Sheesh! I love to sleep, so I wish I could do more of it. My best writing time is in the morning.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
I always wanted to be the Egyptian Goddess, Isis. I even fashioned a necklace I had into Isis’ headdress (cow’s horns with a sun disk between them). Mainly I liked her long black hair, but I think I understood that she was a powerful figure too. Because I was always the one in charge when I had my Isis headdress on.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Blog, revise, read, plot, dream.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
During the summer my favorite place is a local park where the Deschutes River snakes along at the base of a steep cliff. I love setting up a chair in the deep shade of a stand of trees. I prop my laptop on my legs and listening to the kids squeal when they dip their toes in the freezing cold river water. Chipmunk’s tentatively approach to see if I have food to share and the fresh tangy scent of juniper stirs with the breeze. Writer’s bliss. When that isn’t an option, my red writing room next to my beta fish, Rooster, is quite sufficient.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read my book because you will smile, you will laugh, you will roll your eyes, and you might even tear up.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
We had a beautiful edition of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. The front cover was a fascinating three dimensional picture and the illustrations were photos of scenes from the story staged with puppets. Ursula was positively hideous and Ariel had big beautiful eyes. True to HCA’s way, the story did not have a happy ending. It included angels flying off with Ariel.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Pizza! It brings me to a screeching halt every time.

Write a haiku about your book.
Mary can’t weave tales
Unwanted grants her a wish
Now she weaves yarn charms

To learn more please visit: http://www.kaistrand.com/

Kai is offering up a copy of her book The Weaver which is a tween fantasy for children 9 – 12 years old.

About the book:

In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she’s weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.

Giveaway Details:
Open to US & Canada
Ends 2/3/11

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