Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.
Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for “troubled” girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.
Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.
A baby unicorn.
Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island’s mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig’s to care for. That she needs Twig’s love and protection. Because there’s something out there in the deep, dense shadows that’s hunting for them…
R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a nonprofit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
A misty island, a pony ranch, a mysterious boy, strange creatures howling in the night, unicorns—and a girl named Twig, who must save them all.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
A sequel to Wonder Light is in the works!
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Recently I Skyped with some kids on the other side of the country who were in the middle of reading my book. It was amazing to talk to them and hear them say, “It feels like I’m in the story!” I got to tell them that’s why I write—because I feel like I’m in the story too.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“All this Time” by Britt Nicole is the perfect theme song for Twig, as it was for me during the time I wrote Wonder Light.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
How did you know you should become an author?
I wrote my first book when I was in kindergarten. It was called Billy Bear’s First Day of School. I loved planning what was going to happen on each page, and then watching my family, my teacher, and then my classmates turn those pages, wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I was hooked! From that day on, I wanted to write books.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
In fifth grade I wrote an Indiana-Jones-inspired adventure about giant, killer baby chicks.
What do you do in your free time?
Write, draw, work out, hang out with my family and my judo teammates.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I don’t really have typical days. I’m a planner at heart, but God seems to have a sense of humor and a desire to make my life interesting. Each day is a unique adventure.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
I start writing as soon as I have the chance.
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