Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Guest Post: Wendy Knight

I would like to welcome Wendy Knight, author of Feudlings, the first novel in the Fate on Fire series, featuring a seventeen-year-old girl who is living a double life, one as a simple teenager trying to graduate high school, another as a powerful sorceress and her people's last hope in an ancient war.  While released in March, I have just had the chance to read this novel and it definitely had me captured right from the beginning.  Look for my review soon, as well as the second book in the series, Feudlings in Flames, to be released August 1st.   Take a look!!!

Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.

Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war.
But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.

Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.

When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not fall-ing in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.

Strong Female Characters
by Wendy Knight 

Since I was teeny tiny, I have always loved strong female characters. I remember being so disappointed when the heroine had to get rescued time after time in all my favorite princess movies, and then in a lot of the stories I read. Now that I’m a mother to two little girls (and an adorable little boy, but he’s got lots of strong male characters to idolize), I wanted them to see that girls can be strong, too. Luckily, lots of movies and books are onboard with my idea (it was totally my idea. They just didn’t know it yet), but when I started writing I wanted to stay true to my belief, so in my head I created a mega-strong female main character.

Ari is unstoppable. She’s the most powerful sorcerer/warrior/assassin ever. She doesn’t get saved in my story, she does the saving. And I love it. The surprising thing is how easy she was for me to write, because I’m small and pretty whimpy and I am pretty much afraid of my own shadow. So every time I put Ari in a situation, I would think to myself, self? What would you do here? I would answer that question and then I would have Ari do the exact opposite.

It was so much fun, and while I was writing Ari’s stories, I was stronger myself. When I was in situations where I would be terrified and feeling pretty small and mousy, I would hear her sarcastically telling me I’d be fine. And she was always right.

About the Author
Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah. She now spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities and enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.


  1. Excellent post, Wendy.

    I write in a different genre, but it's important to me to write strong, smart women with depth in my own work.