I'm so pleased to be hosting Nancy Pennick on her blog tour for the third book in her Waiting for Dusk series. Today, she sat down and answered a few questions, including my infamous random question!
Waiting For Dusk #3
by Nancy Pennick
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Ice & Fire
Formats Available In: Kindle, Nook and Print
Release Date: 24th February 2014
Drew from the past…
Kate from the present…
Two worlds collided.
As senior year comes to a close, a promise of new beginnings is on the horizon. Kate longs to head to Arizona and college until her former friend, Tyson, does the unimaginable forcing her to stay in Ohio. Her family has to pull together to keep their secrets safe. Anna wishes to return to the canyon in 1927 once more and Kate’s determined to make that a reality. Summer’s filled with wonderful memories and little warning of things to come. Kate’s world grows darker and she must be the one to conquer the demons and save the world that is most precious to her.
Interview with Nancy Pennick
Where are you from and what do you do when you’re not writing?
I live in Mentor, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. I grew up in Northeast Ohio. It’s always been my home. I recently retired from teaching elementary school after thirty years. My plans were to travel, garden and enjoy the little things in life. It’s been a great gift to have time at home.
How did you come up with the idea for this book/series?
Visiting National Parks became a recent passion. My husband and I had just returned from the Grand Canyon. A PBS series about National Parks was going to air and we decided to watch. My mind drifted to another place. I began thinking about the recent park visit, the history I just watched and how fun it might be to have a young girl move between the past and present. I had no intention of writing a novel. So it literally happened overnight.
Tell us about the writing process—what were your favorite and least favorite moments?
Favorite moments are the actually writing of the story, seeing it come to life. Since I keep it all in head, it’s a relief to get it on paper. I love developing the characters and how they suddenly take over; changing the path I planned for them.
Least favorite? Trying not to use the same words or descriptions over and over. I have a hard time describing clothes and places. What I see in my head isn’t what ends up on paper the first time.
What’s your favorite cure for writer’s block?
Walk away for awhile, make a cup of tea, read a book. Sometimes I reread the draft from the beginning and it recharges the thought process.
Can you pleas e share an excerpt?
Kate twirled in front of the mirror. The ice blue chiffon strapless dress billowed around her as she spun. She stepped closer, inspecting her make-up and tucking a loose strand of hair back in place. Her light brown hair, streaked with blonde highlights from the sun, hung in curls down her back.
“Senior prom,” she said aloud to the empty room. “Who thought my date would be someone I met in 1927?”
There had been no tears in weeks. She knew she shouldn’t have kept things to herself, but she wanted the family to think she was okay after what happened at the canyon. At times she had trouble shaking the feeling she didn’t exist. No one would remember a Kate Roberts lived on this earth...because she hadn’t. She told no one about the episodes, deep dark depressions that swept over her. Her heart would pound, and her stomach clenched into a tight ball making it impossible to eat. Dreams sent her back to that time and place more than once. Drew’s cabin at the Grand Canyon. 1927. The last day of the year. The dreaded clock ticking in her head. She’d dream she was in a room, and no one could see her. She’d call out to people. They’d look right through her, as if she didn’t exist. She’d wake, crying and have to convince herself she was safe at home with Drew and her family.
What’s your next/current writing project?
I’ve had some people tell me they want to know more about background of certain characters and even how the time travel book came to be. Since I planned for the series to be a trilogy, mentally I was done. After much thought (and a good idea),I decided to try to write a prequel novella. It would be historical fiction based on the lives of two of the characters from 1927.
Here’s a totally random question for you: Imagine these three celebrities: George Clooney, Patrick Stewart, Rob Lowe. Providing you weren’t married, and it was actually possible, which of them would you…1)Have a fling with? 2) Marry? 3) Smack in the face with a shovel?
Oh my gosh, so hard to choose! I always thought Rob Lowe was handsome and since George isn’t the marrying type, I’d have to go with marrying Rob and George to have the fling with. That leaves poor Patrick Stewart getting the shovel in the face. I don’t really have anything against him. He made a great Star Trek captain. Sorry, Patrick!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy!
After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. Ohio is her home but she loves to travel the U.S. Her debut young adult novel, Waiting for Dusk, was a surprise to her as much as it was to her family. Watching a PBS series on National Parks, her mind wandered to another place and that is where the characters of Katie and Andrew were born. Call of the Canyon and Stealing Time continue their story. The Swedish influences found in the books came from her mother whose parents emigrated from Sweden.
Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and their college-age son.
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The Tour Schedule looks like this:
7th April - Author's Choice - Unwritten - http://www.mystiparker.blogspot.com
7th April - Guest Post - Girl Of 1000 Wonders - http://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/
8th April - Review - Deal Sharing Aunt - http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
9th April - Spotlight - My Reading Loft - www.myreadingloft.com
11th April - Author's Choice - Osier Publishing - http://osierpublishing.co.uk
11th April - Guest Post - M.M. Shelley - http://mmshelley.blogspot.com/
15th April - Interview - Unwritten - http://www.mystiparker.blogspot.com
16th April - Spotlight - Unwritten - http://www.mystiparker.blogspot.com
17th April - Review - Hope To Read - http://hopetoread.com
18th April - Author's Choice - Plain Talk Book Marketing - http://www.plaintalkbm.com/
18th April - Guest Post - Book Junkie - http://thereaderhaven.wordpress.com
21st April - Author's Choice - Lynn Reynolds - http://lynnareynolds.wordpress.com
21st April - Guest Post - Books Are Cool - http:///www.booksarecool.com
22nd April - Review - Hope To Read - http://hopetoread.com
23rd April - Spotlight - You Gotta Read YA - http://yougottareadya.wordpress.com
24th April - Interview - Girl Of 1000 Wonders - http://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/
24th April - Review - Lynn Reynolds - http://lynnareynolds.wordpress.com
25th April - Author's Choice - Girl Of 1000 Wonders - http://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/
25th April - Guest Post - Read Around Sue - http://readaroundsue.blogspot.com/