Friday, April 12, 2019

Interview with Kandi J. Wyatt (An Unexpected Escapade Blog Tour)

We're excited to welcome Kandi J. Wyatt to Lands Uncharted today as part of the blog tour celebrating the release of her latest novel, An Unexpected Escapade! We'll tell you all about Kandi's Myth Coast Adventures below, but first she answered some fun questions for us! Enjoy!

Your character is at a bookstore. What book is in his/her hand right now?

Daisy would have a book on horses, while Ana would find some manga.

I love it! Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one? (What makes your book stand out from the rest?)

Like An Unexpected Adventure, this is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy for kids who love horses and unicorns in particular. We have a villain who needs to come to justice, and family and friendships that lead us to some real-life issues that junior high students face.

Ooh, sounds fun! What is your favorite music to listen to while writing?

While writing An Unexpected Escapade I listened to Solo Piano Radio. The calming, relaxing piano music helped me focus.

Good choice! Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

Yep! This series has many different characters that are inspired by real-life people. Ana, Daisy, Karlie and Will are all real people, just with different names. Will Long is actually a variant of a man from church whose son owns a boat and took me out on it. That trip gave me photos to use for the sketches that are in the book. Ana’s Uncle Dave is also after a friend who’s always ready with a smile and a laugh.

How neat to include such personal connections! At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

Actually, it wasn’t until I had published five books. A year into my career I had to take a hard look at my future. My publisher had gone out of business and left me with the Dragon Courage series partly published. It was when I finally self-published Dragon’s Cure and had An Unexpected Adventure written with ideas for the rest of the Myth Coast Adventures trilogy that I was able to say, “I’m an author.”

Writing and publishing journeys never seem to play out quite the way we expect them to! What other project are you working on now?

I’m currently writing a Biblical Retelling about an Egyptian family during the Exodus. Although, The One Who Is has done amazing things for their family, the younger boys are struggling with their faith. Their idea of a trip to the Promised Land didn’t include a year in the desert. As people they love die, their trust in God is tested to the utmost. It’s the second book in what I hope will be a trilogy that will begin release in April, 2020.

Interesting, we'll be on the lookout for those! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Kandi! Here's the blurb for the first book in the Myth Coast Adventures series, An Unexpected Adventure:

Protect their community or protect their discovery?

For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.

Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?

And here's the blurb for Kandi's new release, An Unexpected Escapade:

Protect friendship, family or a creature that's not supposed to exist?

Ana and Daisy have been friends since third grade, but a rift in the space-time continuum in their little town may change that. When a unicorn waltzes into the pasture with Daisy’s appaloosas, a poacher, who will stop at nothing to gain the unicorn horn and its healing tears, shows up. Daisy is focused on saving the unicorn while Ana’s parents face sudden life-threatening health issues. When Ana learns about the healing tears, she’s forced to choose between friendship and her family’s health.

Can the girls find the grace to compromise and save Ana’s parents and the unicorn?

Don't these sound like fun adventures? You can purchase An Unexpected Adventure at this link and An Unexpected Escapade at this link. Here's a little more about the author:

Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that's her own five or the hundreds of students she's been lucky to teach. When Kandi's not spinning words to create stories, she's using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

You can connect with Kandi on her websiteFacebookGoogleTwitterPinterestGoodreads, and Amazon. Thanks again for joining us today, Kandi, and congratulations on your new release!!

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