Author Interview: Flock by Wendy Delsol plus giveaway

Welcome to Author Wendy Delsol

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.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian. I was such an animal lover. We had a cat named Tinkerbell. She was a beautiful odd-eyed white (one eye was blue and the other green), and I was fiercely attached to her. We have a cat now named Valentine, who has lived up to her name. She’s a lover, not a fighter.
What was your favorite children’s book?

It’s an odd one. My sisters and I used to walk a mile to the public library at the intersection of Schoenherr and Common in Warren, Michigan. Somehow or other, I stumbled up THEY LOVED TO LAUGH by Kathryn Worth. Written in 1942 and set in the 1830s, it’s the story of an orphaned girl taken in by a large and boisterous Quaker family. The pampered girl learns to cook, clean, laugh (well, duh!), and love one of the sons. The title stuck with me for years, and I eventually found and purchased the book on Amazon. It’s a quiet plot, but I remember liking it for its sweet love story.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
How long can I dedicate to this question? Because I could go on and on.
TV show: anything with “alien abduction” in the title or description. No, I do not personally have chunks of missing time, but these stories both thrill and terrorize me.
Which brings me to movie: “Fire in the Sky” is the fictionalized version of Travis Walton’s real-life (circa 1975) 5-day disappearance and return with claims of an alien abduction. It’s so creepy! And all the men involved in actual events passed lie-detector tests.
Favorite places to travel?
England, Scotland, and Ireland. My parents were born and raised in England, so there’s a strong sense of familiarity and ancestry when I travel to the U.K., England in particular. I just love their cobbled streets and quaint villages. And London’s probably my favorite foreign city.
Favorite sport?
Tennis. I am, in fact, a bit of a tennis nut. My English parents weren’t big sports’ fans. I only remember watching tennis and the summer Olympics (I think my dad listened to the Tigers on the radio from time to time), but Wimbledon was always a big deal. And I grew up during the Connors/Borg/McEnroe era, so tennis was dynamic. My high school didn’t have a tennis team. Nor did our family budget allow for private lessons or club dues, so I was a recreational player (a fancy term for hack) until my mid-30s, when I finally took lessons. I now play on a USTA team, my younger son plays on the high-school team, and I follow the pro tour. We’re big Federer fans around here.
Favorite food?
Anything lemon (or lime) flavored: lemon cake, chicken piccata, lemon bars, key lime pie, lemon-drop martinis, etc. As a child, I always asked for a lemon meringue pie instead of cake on my birthday.
How do you react to a bad review?
Writers don’t talk much about this aspect of the job. Quite honestly, mediocre reviews hurt. Authors pour their hearts and souls into their writing. And many of us are not attention seekers by nature. Nonetheless, I do feel reviewers are entitled to their opinion. The publishing industry would be a sham without impartial reviews. Now, when I read another author’s book, I purposely go onto Goodreads and sample the 1-, 2-, and 5-star reviews. It’s illuminating. And for every point out there, there’s a counterpoint.
You have won one million dollars. What is the first thing that you would buy?
I think I’d like to design my own home, should that ever be an option. I do like to contemplate floor plan, layout, interior design, etc. I write from home, so it would be great to have a designated writer’s space, something that is both functional and muse-filled.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A stork, of course. And I’ve written an approximately 1000-page reason why: STORK, FROST, and FLOCK. Hee hee.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Cilantro. If I so much as smell the stuff, I feel sick to my stomach. Blech.
As a child, “Freckles.” In college, I was sometimes called “The Urchin.” This because I was putting myself through school (my father had recently passed away) and was shockingly poor. It doesn’t sound very nice, but I do think it was lovingly bestowed on me by my four roommates. Oddly enough, we somehow came to calling our fivesome “The Wenches.” Perhaps given the alliteration between “Wendy” and “Wench,” it stuck as another nickname for me.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
With me, it’s definitely a what. An MRI machine, to be specific. Just before my fortieth birthday, I was very suddenly and quite seriously plagued by debilitating headaches and dizziness. So bad that there were days I couldn’t get out of bed. With talk of a possible brain tumor, I endured a 45-minute MRI scan. To keep myself from hyperventilating while in the small and dark space, I plotted out my first novel. Once I felt well enough (more than a year later), I sat down and finally made good on my long held, but super-secret, goal of writing a novel.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
First and foremost, write what would keep you turning the page. It’s the very best gauge. Trust it. Trust your instincts.
Flock (Stork #3) by Wendy Delsol

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.

10/4 Interview @ OMFG Books
10/5 Review @ Book Briefs
10/6 Review @ Stiletto Storytime
10/7 This or That @ The Busy Bibliophile
10/8 Interview & Giveaway @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
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