Author Chat with Bethany Wicker (The Genie Dagger), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Bethany Wicker author of The Genie Dagger.
Read on for more about Bethany, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet Bethany Wicker!
Bethany Wicker lives in Louisiana and is a mother, wife, avid reader,
and coffee lover. She has a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, and an
amazing family who support her passion for writing. With a two-year-old
daughter, she lives on snuggles, always manages to have something on her
shirt, and doesn’t get much sleep, but she wouldn’t have it any other
way. #Momlife is real, fun, crazy, and so much more. Writing in between
makes the journey even better. She loves young adult fiction of all
sorts and thanks God for giving her the strength to finish novels of her
own. Visit her at www.bethanywicker.com [bethanywicker.com].
Meet The Genie Dagger!
A magical dagger. An evil genie. A hidden past.
In a land where genies and magic have been destroyed, Ara—a street rat—never anticipated stealing a magical dagger and it changing her life. When she wields it, she unlocks a whole new world of magic. Taron is used to starving. He feels the pains of hunger and the desperation of thirst every day. When a girl offers to help him, he thinks it’s too good to be true, but he quickly learns Ara is the best thief in Agora.
Two street rats who are looking for a way out, Ara and Taron need each other more than they can imagine, but the dark secrets of Ara’s past won’t remain hidden forever.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I actually had a dream that first gave me the idea for it. Once I began
writing THE GENIE DAGGER, the plot took off on a course of its own.
Aladdin has always been one of my favorite movies, but not many people
do retellings of it. After seeing Aladdin on broadway, that's when most
of the ideas for THE GENIE DAGGER came to me, especially the twists.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Besides the main characters, I love Raj. I wanted him to be someone
confident and a person anyone could rely on. He's also tough on the
outside, but a teddy bear on the inside. I think that's my favorite part
about him. He's someone Taron can really look up to and learn from.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I'm that weird person who has to see the title before I can
even begin writing. Both the title and the blurb have to be finished
actually. Like I said, I'm odd.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I'm very proud of the first magic carpet scene. One of my friends
*cough* Michelle Lynn *cough* told me to expand it and I will forever
thank her for it because now it's one of my favorite scenes. I won't go
into detail though because I don't want to give anything away. :P
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what's the most important
thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Oh man. Use your resources and take any and all advice from your
friends. There are several tools and groups out there for authors to
utilize and I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for them. I
wouldn't have met amazing people like Michelle Lynn, Patrick Hodges,
Melissa Craven, Kimberly Readnour, Michelle Bryan, and so many more.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
EVERYTHING! This is honestly my favorite cover ever. I sometimes find
myself staring at it between editing and am so thankful for Ammonia
Nikolova for designing it.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
There's so many! The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young,
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, King
of Fools by Amanda Foody, and I could go on forever.
YABC: What's up next for you?
The second in the Genie Dagger series, relaunching Skipping Forward, and
then a unique Beauty and the Beast retelling.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your
Ara for sure. I wanted her to be this tough girl whose weakness is the
desire to be alone. She pushes everyone away, but deep down, all she
wants is a friend.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Being a mom to a two-year-old and still making time to write.
Two-year-olds aren't the quietest. Henley is my world though and I love
her more than anything. Dividing time between the two is the most
The Genie Dagger
By: Bethany Wicker
Publisher: Independantly Published
Release Date: March 12th, 2019
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