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Interview with . . . Kristin Ward

Kristin Ward

It is one of my favorite things when I get a chance to interact with someone that is a kindred spirit. Kindred spirits are out there but I don’t get out much. Author Kristin Ward has humored me by answering some kind of off-beat questions. She has a lovely sense of humor and tells some pretty good nerdy jokes.

Ward is the author of a dystopian/YA fantasy novel, After the Green Withered, and the sequel Burden of Truth. For more information about the author, you can visit her website.

If you want to read an extremely entertaining interview, keep reading and enjoy.

I started to write a novel. It’s been several years and it’s not finished. Is there hope for this poor novel?

Absolutely! And I speak from experience. I began writing my debut novel five years before I published it. Things like raising three sons, a full-time career, laundry, and a driving need to watch an excessive number of movies had a direct impact on the length of time it took to write my first book. And yet, I persisted. Why? Because we all have stories that need to be told and it is never too late to share them!

What do math nerds do for fun?

Aside from telling nerdy math jokes? Of course, now I need to tell one. Why did the chicken cross the mobius strip? To get to the same side. *Bah duh bum* Aside from geeking out, math nerds enjoy beer, wine, and laughter with friends.

How far off do you think we are from the world of “After the Green Withered”?

Honestly, I hope mankind never faces the world I created. However, there are environmentally harmful things being done on a large scale across the globe that have a huge, and inevitable, impact on the planet. We may not see it in our lifetime, but there are consequences to our actions. Interestingly, the impetus to publish when I did came from an article I read in late 2017. The piece talked about the water crisis in Cape Town and predicted the water supply would run out by April of 2018. It was a startling prediction followed by an intense need to finish my book because the story is relevant today.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate as a Doomsday Prepper?

Not to suggest that I’m a loser, but I would rate as a zero. Which reminds me. What did zero say to eight? Nice belt! And the eye rolls just keep coming!

Is there anything unusual that you would stock up on? (My weird choice is bubblegum.)

Aside from dark chocolate and red wine, because the world just looks better if I can make a meal out of two of my favorite things! I would want Cool Ranch Doritos.

If you were a full-time unicorn, what would your name be?

I would definitely be named, Lady Amalthea. Kudos to anyone who gets the reference 😉

Is the Harry Potter sorting hat always right?

Nothing is always right. Unless it’s a 90 degree angle. *snicker* The sorting hat can be influenced by your own wishes. So, if you end up in the wrong house it’s just as much your fault as it is the fault of the hat.

What is the next book on your to be read pile?

On the top of my list is the recent release, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Being a fan of Game of Thrones, I’m excited to delve into this story! The fact that there are dragons has nothing to do with it. Nope. Who needs dragons? Psh.

What do you want people to know about you?

I’m more than just a math nerd. I’m a SciFi geek too.

The Midnight Queen: #bookreview

Have you ever wished that you could have the ability to use magic? In The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Gray Marshall once had magical powers. The powers disappeared after an incident at his university forced him to leave school and work at a Professor Callender’s estate as a gardener.

Gray befriends Sophie, one of the daughters of Professor Callender. They both discover that events leading up to their current situation are not what they seemed.

I thought that the characters were interesting. There was a clear sense of who they were. The characters that were supposed to be likable were and the characters that were supposed to be villains were definitely despicable. The only character that I wasn’t sure about until the very end was Mrs. Wallis, the housekeeper. She has a lot of secrets and I always wondered if she was plotting against Gray.

While reading this book, I really wanted Gray to overcome the challenges that he faced. On a side note, I kept picturing Gray as a redhead instead of having sandy blonde or brown hair.

The only thing that threw me off a bit was the spelling of certain words, like magic, which were spelled a little differently. By the end of the first 100 pages, I was finally used to it.

I would recommend this book for those who are thirteen and up. There is one section where Hunter discusses a honeymoon.  However, it is not graphic or explicit by any means. I think that if you enjoy fantasy or books about magic, then you will enjoy this book.

I would give The Midnight Queen 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book hasn’t gotten the attention that it really deserves so put it on your TBR pile. Then spread the word about how much you love it because I think you will.

*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are still my own.

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