As you saw from my review yesterday, I read and loved Stork! So I am super excited to have Wendy on the blog today!!
Can you tell us a little about Stork?
Stork is the story of smart and sassy Katla (Kat) Leblanc, a 16-year-old L.A. fashionista whose life is upended after a move to Norse Falls, Minnesota—her mother’s hometown of Icelandic heritage. As if being the new kid isn’t challenge enough, Kat is mysteriously drawn to an ancient order of bird women with the extraordinary task of soul delivery. At school, Kat becomes the focus of popular, but creepy, Wade and brooding Jack whose intensity rattles her. Soon, Kat is dealing with her first placement of a soul, repressed memories, and threats to her life.
There is a lot of references to Norse Mythology in Stork, did you spend a lot of time researching?
I did a fair amount of research, though I have to say that it was effortless. It can even become a distraction. I’ve always said that if there were money in it, I’d be a full-time student. I would like to mention that Stork is a work of fiction. I borrowed from the Norse cosmology when it suited my purposes and discarded elements that didn’t. I take liberties, big-time liberties.
On your website you list of a wide range of books that you love, is there any one genre that you find yourself reading/liking more than others? (I love Outlander btw!)
It probably does say something about me that I don’t limit my reading to a specific genre. As a reader, I’m looking for a compelling story. Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth had me turning pages just as quickly as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. For me, it comes down to storytelling. Build momentum so that I’m invested in both the character(s) and the outcome, and I’ll follow the writer into an opium den or through a crack in time.
What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Survivor. Romantic comedies on the Lifetime Channel. Key lime pie. The Tennis Channel.
Can you tell us anything about Frost, the sequel to Stork?
Frost begins with a snowstorm the likes of which Norse Falls, Minnesota has never seen. The freak blizzard stirs international interest in their microclimate of cooling trends, and Jack scores a student internship with the researchers. Meanwhile, Kat is wrapped up in the complications of her latest soul placement and with rehearsals for the high school’s musical production of the Snow Queen, so is slow to recognize a dark force among them.
Thanks so much Wendy!! If you want to find out more about Wendy or Stork you can visit her at her website!