I’ve had the pleasure to interview the lovely L.A Wilcox this week! I just recently reviewed her book Renegade which you can check out here. Here’s what she had to say:
First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am University of Oklahoma graduate, and I currently work in public relations. Outside of that, I am a knitter, blogger, life-long Disney fanatic, future Dalmatian enthusiast and lover of 90’s boy bands.
Did you always want to be an author? What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be everything when I was a little – a veterinarian/princess who moonlights as a swanky metropolitan chef. Of course I’ve always loved writing, but I don’t think I realized that I wanted to write novels until my junior year of high school.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
I don’t know that I have any odd writing habits, but I do have a strange reading habit. Whenever I proofread, I mouth the words as if I’m reading aloud even though I’m just sitting there in awkward silence. It used to drive my friends crazy in high school!
Are there any authors that continuously inspire you?
I am so impressed with female comedians like Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling. If you can hold my attention through an entire autobiography, it’s not because your life is super interesting or mine is just that dull – it’s because you’re a wickedly talented writer.
Describe Renegade in five words or less.
AHS meets The Patriot.
How did you come up with the Renegade as the title of your book?
A renegade is someone who lives outside of the law, and that’s exactly Andrew’s predicament throughout the book. Plus, the word renegade sounds a little frayed and worn rough – not unlike the main character.
Who is your favourite character from Renegade and why? What about your least favourite?
Clarissa Simmons (Mother) is probably my favorite character to write. She’s typically indifferent, though not cruel or unloving. She doesn’t exactly fit into any traditional molds, and readers are going to see a lot more of her in the sequel. I don’t think I have a least favorite. They’re sort of like children. Even though some of them are absolutely horrible and everyone else hates them, you can’t help but love them because they’re yours.
Give us a fun fact about Renegade.
Renegade is based loosely on one of my favorite stories, The Little Mermaid.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can definitely expect a sequel, which is eight chapters underway! In the future I would also like to try my hand at a few different genres. Thriller or romcom, perhaps?
Have you read any good books lately?
I just finished The Fault in Our Stars (grabs tissue), and I am halfway through A Reason for God by Tim Keller. Total opposites, but equally great!
Where can we find your book? Do you have a website? Social media?
You can purchase my book online from Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. If you happen to live in the great state of Oklahoma, you can also purchase my book from a few select Hastings stores. After my second book, I will be making an author website. Until then, I have a combined public relations and professional writing page. As for social media, you can keep up with my latest works on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.
Here’s a little snippet from her first book Renegade.
“And if I can’t find the watch in five days, what happens?”
There was a long pause.
“Then I’m afraid there’s nothing more I can do,” Roger said. “Should you fail to retrieve your talisman, you will be stuck there. Forever. Naturally, this will ripple into the present and virtually eliminate your current existence.”
The weight tumbled on my shoulders like an avalanche. “So I’m basically betting my entire life. What about my mother and sister? They’ll be devastated. I couldn’t do that to them.”
“Quite the contrary,” he said while dumping a packet of sugar into his coffee cup. “If you existed in the past, you never would have been in the present. It’s like you’d never been born.”
“So I wouldn’t be here at all?”
“Now you’re catching on. Such a bright young man.”
Suddenly things started becoming clear.
“That means you will take over for Mother after she gets sick. That puts you as the chair of her committee. I can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner.”
“While that would be a natural consequence of your failure, it’s hardly the reason for my generous offer despite what you may think. I want to keep my job just as much as you want to keep your freedom.”
He sat down beside me, scooting his chair right up next to me. His face was just inches from mine.
“So, what do you say? Do we have a deal?”
I pulled my phone out of my pocket to check the time, realizing I was extremely late for my meeting with Mother. Still, I practically begged her secretary for a spot this morning, so I didn’t think she’d write me off as a no-show already.
“How will I get there? I don’t have a talisman.”
“I assume you deposited your shadow talisman as far into the future as possible, yes?” he asked nervously.
“Of course. Two days.”
“Then you will depart on Sunday when it appears. You absolutely cannot afford to miss the shadow talisman when it appears, should you accept my proposal. So what do you say?”
Though I was a bit of a risk-taker, I had never been much of a gambling man. The pressure piled on. It was all so heavy I could hardly breathe. A sort of numbness fell over me, weakened only by the pounding of my heart.
It was all or nothing, and all was the only choice worth living for.
“It’s a deal.”