Natalie Wright (NW): Your new release Wilde’s Fire just hit the shelves and I am loving it! You went with an Indie publishing house, Noble Young Adult, to publish Wilde’s Fire. Can you tell us a little about your path to publication?
Krystal Wade (KW): My path was short. Horror stories circulate about how people wait months, years—decades even—before their novel sees the light of day. I'm impatient—very, very impatient—so, I decided not to query an agent to reach a NY house. I researched medium-sized publishers and found one I thought was "the one", subbed to them, and never heard back. Not a word. Not, 'we've received your query and it will be x amount of days' . . . nothing. So, I kept reworking my novel, changing it up, gathering beta data, and researching more publishers. A friend of mine mentioned Noble Romance opened a YA arm. I sent them the first three chapters of Wilde's Fire, and three days later, they wanted the rest. There you have it.
NW: Wow! Three days? That's almost unheard of! But the quick response I think relates to the strength of your story. And what about your experience with Noble Young Adult – what has that been like for you?
KW: A whirlwind. I've learned so much about publication (both sides: author and publisher). I've learned as impatient as I am, I am also a control freak. J
NW: One thing I’ve noticed is that your book is very well edited – both for content and for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. What was the editing process like?
KW: Thank you. That means the world to me. One thing I'm afraid of is that some reviewer will say "Hey! You goofed, you idiot!" Luckily, that hasn't happened yet. I work with a team of writers. Sarah Ballance and Dawna Raver are my critique partners, and they ruthlessly read and edited my chapters before I sent to beta readers. I also use a service called Grammarly. This is all before my editor got her hands on Wilde's Fire. She taught me about impossible simultaneous actions and about Noble's house style for commas. But other than that, there wasn't much for her to correct. My team is awesome!
NW: In Wilde’s Fire, your main character, Kate, accidentally ends up in another world – world full of danger. What was your inspiration for this other world?
KW: Really good question. I had no inspiration for her other world. Years ago, when I first tried to write her story, all I had was an image of her reaching out to touch something shimmering in the forest. The rest of the story was blank, dark, non-existent. So, I guess it's kind of ironic I sent her into a world without light.
NW: Do you have any news to share about your work?
KW: Wilde's Fire has claimed the #1 Best Selling spot on Noble YA's website for two weeks in a row. That's amazing. I'm next to some great talent. One of these days, maybe I'll see #1 on Amazon. What do you think?
NW: That's great Krystal! Shoot for the stars. What books have you written so far?
KW: Wilde's Army, Darkness Falls Book Two, is complete and in my editor's red-penning hands. The third book in the trilogy is near completion, but my muse told me to finish an urban fantasy (currently untitled) I started last year. So, I'm obeying. That one is coming along quickly and I already have a publisher lined up! Keeping the details mum though.
NW: Urban fantasy - I'm in! When you are ready to share the deets, come back and chat about it!
What is your favorite scene from Wilde's Fire and why?
KW: I have so many scenes I'm in love with, but I think what I love the most, is when Kate is utterly deflated. Arland asks her to draw out what happened as a way to make her feel better. She draws a stick figure in the dirt then stabs it through the heart. His advice didn't help. And I love her attitude.
NW: What genre do you write in?
KW: I write mostly fantasy, but a few times I've dabbled in suspense. My urban fantasy might be described as a thriller/suspense/fantasy. LOL. Say that ten times fast.
NW: Which character from your books do you like most / are most like?
KW: Flanna. She says everything I'm afraid to.
NW: If you walked through a portal to dimension without books, what three books do you want to take with you?
KW: The Hunger Games . . . all three.
NW: I'd pick the Hunger Games too but when asked this question, I "cheat" and count the series as one book, LOL! Who is your favorite author and why?
KW: My favorite author is, coincidentally, not my favorite writer. Does this make sense? I love Maggie Stiefvater. Her books are good, but it's her personality I'm drawn to. Her vlogs, her blogs. She's unique, and her voice carries into everything she writes. She's quite amazing, but I wasn't happy with the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.
NW: I totally agree with what you just said. I think that for authors trying to build their "brand," they should study Maggie Stiefvater - not to copy her, but to see how she so successfully puts the "real Maggie" out there in everything she does and it is compelling.
NW:Describe your perfect Saturday.
KW: Waking up to the sound of birds singing, not kids screaming. A cup of coffee brought to me by my loving husband, breakfast in bed, someone propping pillows under my feet and feeding me grapes—Oh, wait, you didn't want reality, did you?
Thank you Krystal for stopping by my blog today and chatting. I HIGHLY recommend you check out Krystal's book and get to know her on Facebook, etc.
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