Hey everyone today I’ll be receiving author Kenya Wright to speak answer a few questions. Kenya’s new series The Habitat was review here. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs for more chances to win.
BookTravels: Why did you decide to write an urban fantasy romance?
KenyaWright: My favorite quote is: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison
When I decided to write my book, I wrote the exact type of story I would love to read.
BookTravels: What do you think makes your book stand out in today’s market?
KenyaWright: There are three things that make my book different from others in my genre. First my book has a lot of diverse characters. The setting is in Miami so there are a lot of characters from Hispanic descent and my main character is African-American. Second, the magic system is based on the Santeria religion which I have never seen in fantasy novels. Finally, the concept of supernaturals living in caged cities is a pretty unique idea.
BookTravels: Do you have any must-haves while you are writing?
KenyaWright: Coffee- I go to law school, work a full-time job, and have three little kids. I am always tired!
A Wide Pen- I have carpal tunnal so my wrists quickly hurt if I use a small pen. The thick pens let me write for hours.
BookTravels: What kind of books do you read in your spare time? Do you read the same genre that you write?
KenyaWright: My favorite genres are urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but I also read a lot of different genres from sci-fi to mystery, cyber punk to horror.
BookTravels: Can you tell us anything about what you are currently working on?
KenyaWright: I am currently working on two things. One, I am revising a YA paranormal romance novella from Fire Baptized’s world. The book is called Chameleon and has completely different characters. The book should be published in March 2012. Additionally, I am revising the sequel to Fire Baptized which is The Burning Bush. It will be published in May 2012.
BookTravels: What is one urban fantasy book that you would recommend and why?
KenyaWright: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bones. It is by far my favorite novel. The author is such a talented writer. When I read her setting descriptions I literally want to make love to the book.
Since the 1970’s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.
Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.
While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?
Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sung the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.
However, writing has been the only constant love in her life.
Now Kenya is publishing her first book, Fire Baptized, the urban fantasy novel she always wanted to read. This novel is the first book in a series.
Will she succeed? Of course.
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.
Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.
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