Author Of The Week: Chat with Wendy Higgins (The Great Pursuit), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Wendy Higgins (The Great Pursuit), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

Introducing Wendy Higgins, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue. 
Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University. She is represented by Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet The Great Pursuit!!
 

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

 

 

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YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

"The Singing Bone" story from the Grimm Brothers' Tales. The first paragraph gave me such a haunting image of this kingdom, terrified, and those who would take advantage of the chaos to gain power, and those who would sacrifice everything to regain peace. Plus, I saw so many delicious romantic opportunities. I knew I had to write it!

 

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. The publisher and I went back and forth throughout the entire process, trying to decide on a title. They had suggested The Great Pursuit and one other, and I had suggested The Great Untruth. They won, hahaha. And I'm certainly happy with it. HarperTeen knows what they are doing. 

 

 

YABC:   What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I don't know if "proud" is the right word, but there is a scene that made me positively giddy when I wrote it. It's a romance scene when feelings are finally revealed. It's not a scene with Aerity and Paxton. I don't want to say who's in the scene for spoiler reasons, but I'll tell you my beta readers screamed when they read it. Woohoo!

 

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

ROAR by Cora Carmack! It's also a YA fantasy romance. I've already read it, but I can't wait for the rest of the world to read it too!

 

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I'm about to start writing the third and final book in my Unknown trilogy, a NA/adult apocalyptic romance. It's been such a wild experience.

 

 

YABC:   Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Lord Lief Alvi has always been a pain in my butt. I've had a love-hate relationship with him since day one. I knew he would not be your typical romance hero. He was too realistic for that. I knew he'd make real mistakes and do his best to redeem himself. Some readers might be mad at me for Lord Alvi's behavior, but I had to stay true to his character, and he's just a naughty hottie.

 

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising! 100%! That's the fun part for me, where I can really bring the story to life and watch it bloom. The initial drafting is SO hard for me.

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

This is a funny question to me because on most days I feel subpar and inadequate, trying to be the best mom I can, the best writer I can, and take care of my house and blah, blah, blah. I'm so utterly normal, just trying to get by. As much as I'd like to be Wonder Woman, I can tell you that every aspect of my life is a little...crazy. But I love it. I really do.

Thank you guys so much for having me and supporting THE GREAT PURSUIT!  I truly hope you enjoy it. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Pursuit

By: Wendy Higgins

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 7th, 2017 

 

 

 

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One winner will receive a copy of The Great Pursuit (Wendy Higgins) along with a signed bookplate and bookmark~ (US & Canada only)

 

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Susan Light on Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:19

I have had this duology on my TBR pile for a while. Cannot wait to get started now that it is finished!

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I have had this duology on my TBR pile for a while. Cannot wait to get started now that it is finished!
John on Monday, 13 March 2017 18:14

I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis more so!

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I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis more so!
Fay Tannerr on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:15

The cover is very beautiful and the synopsis sounds interesting!

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The cover is very beautiful and the synopsis sounds interesting!
Linda Romer on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:21

I can't wait to read The Great Pursuit! The cover is amazing. Thank you

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I can't wait to read The Great Pursuit! The cover is amazing. Thank you
Candice Gigous on Monday, 20 March 2017 04:32

The covers of both books in the series are beautiful. The synopsis is very intriguing. I really want to read this series.

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The covers of both books in the series are beautiful. The synopsis is very intriguing. I really want to read this series.
Susan T. on Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:20

I love the beautiful cover with the frosty forest and the sun coming through the tree. It looks like home! I can't wait to see where this sequel takes the story. I love a good fantasy!

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I love the beautiful cover with the frosty forest and the sun coming through the tree. It looks like home! :) I can't wait to see where this sequel takes the story. I love a good fantasy!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 02 April 2017 19:11

I think the cover is beautiful. The synopsis sounds exciting, thrilling and romantic.

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I think the cover is beautiful. The synopsis sounds exciting, thrilling and romantic.
Penny Olson on Monday, 03 April 2017 23:14

I love the beautiful cover. The story and the cover make me think of fairy tales.

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I love the beautiful cover. The story and the cover make me think of fairy tales.
Alisha Sienkiel on Thursday, 06 April 2017 22:45

This book sounds really good and I've been wanting to read the duo logy for a while. The cover is gorgeous too!

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This book sounds really good and I've been wanting to read the duo logy for a while. The cover is gorgeous too!

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