Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Wishing Well & Save the Lemmings by Kai Strand

Welcome back to Author Kai Strand

Kai Strand writes fiction for children and young adults. Her debut title, THE WEAVER was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a staff writer for www.Knowonder.com, a site that delivers a story a day for children to 10 years old. Links to current and upcoming short stories can be found on her website. You can also find book related downloads and more information about Kai and her writing at www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her Facebook page, Kai Strand, Author


Interview:
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
I’m a complete Mozart fangirl. I would love to be his groupie. To be surrounded by his music as he composes would be the ultimate. To hear him work out a particularly difficult stanza or to hear a piece played in full for the very first time would send me into orbit.

Pet Peeves?
Lazy drivers who cut the left turn short and cross the lane of oncoming traffic or who don’t signal out of a round-about. 
Mean or petty people.
Whistling.
Crumbs on the counter.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I feel like I’m cheating because I have two books, so I’m going to write two sentences.
The Wishing Well: Another Weaver Tale – Poor communication or the lack of communication can be the root of all your problems; strange little gnome-elfves don’t help either.
When the media decides to smear Natalie’s goody-goody image, the only thing left for her to do is Save the Lemmings.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
My young adult super villain novel, King of Bad, comes out in 2013. I’m almost finished with the second book in that series now. I’d love for my writing to be my main source of income. It’s a slow process, but I keep plugging away.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
I’d love to live in The Tales, the setting of The Wishing Well and my first book, The Weaver. It is an intimate and simple village with an old world charm. Everybody knows each other. Plus the villagers speak in story. To be surrounded by lilting speech and lush description all the time would be really awesome to me.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Barbara Streisand released the album Superman wwwwaaaayyyy back in 1977. Though I was just a young warthog at the time, I heard the album again and again, because my teenage sisters and mom loved it. There is a song on that album that would make a perfect theme song for Save the Lemmings. It’s called Don’t Believe What You Read. Some of the lyrics are:

I just read in the papers that I bought some birds today
Flying all around my house
Just havin’ their own sweet way
It makes me feel so foolish ’cause they called my house a cage
But there’s nothing I can do
Just puts me in a rage
Don’t believe it
Don’t believe what you read 

What is your favorite Quote?
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel as if I should be doing something else -Gloria Steinem 

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
I’d be a flamingo. They are tall and thin – something I always wanted to be. They’re always surrounded by friends and family. When they are on the ground their color is stunning, elegant, soothing; like a tropical sunset. But when they fly the contrast of the unexpected black and white is bold and surprising and makes you want to know more about them.

Write a Haiku about your book
Here I go double dipping again:
Unwanted’s wish flops
Molly has still got her mop
Will art save her heart?
Reporters tell lies
Promotion takes all her time
Lemmings shouldn’t die

Favorite quote from a movie?
There are so many quotables from Albus Dumbledore over the course of the eight Harry Potter movies, but one of my favorites is: “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
The Wishing Well
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.




Save the Lemmings

When Natalie’s Texty-Talky invention makes her an overnight sensation, the media digs until they find a way to smear her goody-goody image. When her best friends start believing what they read, Natalie’s sunny spirit is pushed to its limits. How will Natalie stop the lies and win her friends back? And who will SAVE THE LEMMINGS?

Giveaway Details
Save the Lemmings & The Wishing Well
Open to US only
Print or Ebook

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