Love to. I’m Wendy Delsol, the author of Stork (Candlewick, October 2010). At BEA I’ll be out and about with two ink-still-drying ARCs: Frost, Stork’s sequel (Candlewick, October 11, 2011), and The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls (Penguin, August 2, 2011).
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
In Stork, my main character, sixteen-year-old Katla Leblanc, discovers that she is a member of a mysterious group of women—white witches as I like to describe them—charged with the task of matching hovering souls with the right mother. As the new girl in town, her new Stork duties were challenge enough without factoring in the intensity of Jack Snjosson. And when she finds herself in more than one life-threatening situation, she realizes that the business of soul delivery is not without its enemies.
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
Readers should know that many of the worlds described in Norse mythology are alive and well, but hardly the model of democracy. There is Niflheim, a land of ice, ruled by a Snow Queen whose personality matches the landscape. Vatnheim is the water realm; sadly, its queen isn’t Miss-Congeniality material, either. Oh, and there’s an End-of-Days prophecy in Norse lore that’s no happily-ever-after scenario.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This is my first time to BEA. As an author, I’ve grown out of the debut label, but it looks like I’ll be wearing the BEA-rookie cap in its place. Wearing it with pride, I might add. My advice is to wear comfortable shoes, because that’s good practice in any situation. And maybe to go gentle on the authors; we don’t get out much, and we’re an odd bunch anyway.
Are you speaking on any panels during BEA? What panels are you planning on attending?
I will take part in a Candlewick event on Tuesday evening.
Other than my two signings, a business lunch, and couple of parties I’ve been invited to, my schedule is flexible and will allow for some panel hopping.
If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?
I’d love to meet up with YA paranormal/fantasy/love story enthusiasts. There are never enough of them in a crowd, right? But how should they find me? Hmm. I won’t be walking around in a stork suit—or a cow suit, because that’s Libba Bray’s thing—so the best bet is to come on down for my signings (details below). Readers can also tweet me @wendydelsol during the week for my whereabouts.
Tuesday, May 24th
12:00-12:30 signing The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls at the Romance Writers of America booth (#3774)
Wednesday, May 25th
11:00-12:00 signing Frost at the Candlewick Press booth (#2452)
What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Besides YA paranormal, I write contemporary fiction. For readers who are familiar with Stork, they’ll find a whole different side of me in The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls (Penguin, August 2, 2011). The humor’s still there, but this one’s a multi-generational tale of secrets and scandal. It is an adult book, so some of the themes are mature (but that doesn’t mean that the author always is).
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