Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and the best-selling author of the young adult adventure What Kills Me. As a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”
1. Where's the strangest place you've ever written?
As a reporter, I’ve had to write on deadline on napkins, sitting on the ground in court houses or crouched in storefronts in the middle of blizzards. Nothing makes you write faster than when your fingers are freezing off.
2. What book do you wish you had written?
I wish my writing had the literary lushness of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance.
3. What inspires you?
The crazy stuff that happens in real life.
4. When did you start writing?
Before I could write words, I drew stick-figure stories.
5. Tell us three things about you that aren’t about writing.
I teach and perform Latin dance. (Learning to partner dance is like learning a language — it’s another way to communicate. And choreography is just another creative outlet for me.) I like gherkins and pyjamas — not necessarily together. I believe that if you want something, you need to boldly go out there and take it (unless you’re doing something illegal, in which case, I had no part in advising you).
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BOOK BLURB: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
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