Author interview: Wendy S Russo


Hey guys! Today I'm talking to the author of January Black, Wendy S Russo. 

Tour Schedule

January Black Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma. More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple. What was January Black? It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He's been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost...or call the king’s bluff.

Hi Wendy! Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
January Black is a Young Adult Science Fiction coming of age story with a romantic arc. It features a sixteen year old genius who is challenged by his king to answer a deceptively simple question. When the challenge puts him a collision course with a deadly royal decree, Matty must choose between his curiosity and his life.

What inspired you to write it?
The collapse of Bear Sterns in 2008. It's not an exciting answer, but as the global financial system started to meltdown, I gave a lot of thought to how small the world has become. In the 1600s, to escape religious persecution in Europe, the Protestants got on boats and sailed to a New World. We can't do that today. You can go off grid, go back to basics, but you can't build a new society today the way our founding fathers built America. There are no unexplored territories, no where to start over.
So, it was November. I was committed to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. I was listening to a Dream Theater song called "Rite of Passage." And the first ten thousand words came pretty easily.

Is it part of a series?
No. It was always intended to be stand alone.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Ryan Reynolds was my inspiration for King Hadrian, and Taylor Swift inspired Iris.
Jesse Eisenberg is the closest I can imagine for Matty, but he's a little old.

What made you want to become an author?
I look at books like jigsaw puzzles that I have to create the pieces for. I enjoy the satisfaction of figuring it all out.
That is probably the coolest answer I've ever had to that question!

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age." It's a story about a book that teaches a poor girl in a future Shanghai everything she needs to know to lead a revolution. I like books with slow reveals and with lots of pieces stitched together. Pull the string, and all the pieces cinch tight.

Who, or what, inspires you?
My son inspires me. He has so much energy, and he's so curious. Pretty pictures and rockin' songs will spark images. Conventions, boat rides, road trips. I try to absorb everything.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My kitchen table. It's not very comfortable, but when I'm comfortable, I find myself doing other things. Facebook mostly.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Children of Men, based on the book by P.D. James

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
Neal Stephenson. He's smart, and witty, and funny.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose?
Shakespeare. Poe. Stephenson. Emily Dickinson.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I have crooked pinkies. My freshman year in high school, I jammed my right pinkie while trying to set a volleyball. The doctor assumed it was broken until I showed him my left hand.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
In South Louisiana, the holiday season doesn't end at New Years. Carnival season begins on January 6th. Then you have Mardi Gras, and the parades go one for a week before Fat Tuesday. There's 40 days of Lent, which means everyone eats seafood on Fridays. And then Easter. It's not like you need an excuse for a party in Louisiana, but pretty much from Halloween to Easter, you have one.

Find Wendy here:
Blog | Facebook | G+ | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Pinterest | Authorgraph

Praise Refreshingly intelligent and loads of fun! I lost a few hours as I read this book. It's a Young Adult novel that is refreshingly and astonishingly intelligent, and the love story is perfectly played out. ~Christine Ashworth, Amazon Review The mystery was intriguing - I loved how Wendy Russo weaved in all her secrets throughout the book, how she incorporated just enough to keep you reading, while never actually divulging much of anything. I was guessing for most of it and that's pretty hard to make me do. ~Julie, Clean Teen Reads Wendy Russo has created a masterpiece. ~Ivan Amberlake, Author   
Author Wendy S. Russo Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.  
More Information:
  Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 5/8/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments :

Post a Comment

Made With Love By The Dutch Lady Designs