Thursday, June 23, 2016

Book Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: "A Quarrel Called"


A Quarrel Called (Stewards of the Plane #1)
by Shannon Wendtland
Publisher: a Crossed Arrows Title
Release Date: June 20th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


The Sage, The Guardian, The Lantern, The Light – together we four are Stewards of the Plane, a Quarrel.

G. is the Guardian; he’s developed a strong protective instinct and a kickass sword of light that can chase away the baddies like nobody’s business.

Sam is the Lantern; his dreams shed light on possible futures – he’s always had dreams, but now he sees where we’re going and how far, and it scares the crap out of him. 

Tara is the Sage; as our resident mystic, she can commune with the Akashic records: the big data warehouse in the sky. She can get information on anywhere, anywhen, if only she can learn to ask the right questions. 

And me, I’m Melody, I’m the Light. I can channel the earth’s energy and according to Gramps, I can stabilize a vortex. It’s a good thing, too, or else we would be in a lot of trouble.

Before the summer started, we were a bunch of normal teenagers getting ready for our senior year in high school. By the time summer was over, we’d fought and won battles, lost friends and saved the world (except for that time when we made it worse). 

This is our story. We wrote it all down; that way when it happens to you, when you're called to be a Steward of the Plane - a member of a quarrel, you'll know what to do. 

**This book is told in first person from four alternating character viewpoints.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hobbies, pets, fun facts? Tea or coffee?

I love to read, write and be in nature! Camping is especially enjoyable for me, though if I could live somewhere more natural instead, I would quickly abandon camping to live amongst the trees J  I also enjoy sewing, cooking and movies with my husband. We have two cats: a Pocket Bengal mix named PJ and a Maine Coon mix named Kyle. All of our human children are grown now and we live in Fort Worth, TX. Also - both coffee and tea! French pressed only, of course!

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I really enjoyed writing the dream sequences with Sam and his car, and then later when he and G. find a car at a sales lot that looks just like the one from his dream. The scenes were written straight from my brain as I went along, no pre-plotting, with the idea that I could fix them later if I needed to. However the scenes came together seamlessly; it was really cool to see how my subconscious already knew where it wanted the story to go.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?

There are actually many things buried between the book covers that are based on ‘in real life details’, for example, one of the characters really admires a man named Edgar Cayce, who happens to have been a famous psychic in the early twentieth century. Also, one of the devices the characters use to ward off evil is called a ‘positive orgone generator’, or pog for short. Pogs are based on real life science/technology discovered by Wilhelm Reich. The modern day adaptations of his research that are most similar to pogs are called “orgonite tower busters”. If you come across something in the story that makes you pause and scratch your head, I challenge you to google it! There’s probably more to it than just the bit I included in the story (if you like that kind of thing! J )

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write a book that my daughter and her friends could enjoy. As I was researching ley lines and energy vortexes it occurred to me that this would make great material for a series.

Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?

There are many that have stuck with me over the years, but for this series the influences were chiefly: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, 1984 by George Orwell, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

You can’t publish a novel unless you finish it, so stop rewriting as you go along, instead just push through to the finish line. Writing THE END on a completed draft is one of the best feelings of accomplishment! There’s plenty of time for rewrites later. Finish the book first!

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
A Quarrel Called is a novel told from four alternating points of view. Each chapter is named after the character who narrates it. Once you get past the first few chapters, you’ll get the hang of it! I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Shannon is a wife, mother, writer, database administrator and general pot-stirrer-turned-mystic. A Quarrel Called will be her first book in print.

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