Is there going to be a third book?
I Am Forever, Book Two in the series was released in 2014. I planned the adventure as a three-book series and I’m working on the third book now. Zee will come face-to-face with a terrifying threat to both humanity and the vampire race. She will never have been tested like this before.
What inspired What Kills Me?
I was living in Taiwan for a few months and at night, I could hear cockroaches scurrying around my room. But when I turned the lights on, they’d be gone. Cursed Houdini bugs!
Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep, afraid they’d rent out my mouth for a party. So I would lie there, thinking all sorts of crazy things, asking myself all sorts of questions: “What would happen if I suddenly disappeared?” “What if I fell into a hole? What if that hole was filled with blood?” Man, that would suck. That image, of a young woman climbing out of a well, soaked in blood, was what started it all.
Thank goodness for the cockroaches, I guess?
How long did it take you to write the book?
About five months. Then I stared at it for a year because I had no clue what to do with it. After I won the staring contest, I self-published it.
When did you first start writing?
I was in Grade 4 when I wrote my first novel, called Sweet Dreams (basically what I was NOT having in Taiwan). It featured a love, uh, rhombus (three girls and one lucky guy) and it was about alien clones.
Where do you get your ideas?
I have always had an over-active imagination. I created fantasy worlds for my friends at recess. I had nightmares and sleepwalked every night until I was 12. (Lucky parents.) Writing became a way of exorcising the scary thoughts from my brain.
Do you listen to music when writing?
I do! And I’ve created a What Kills Me series playlist to get you in the mood for crushing bones, chopping off heads and facing deception.
When you were young, what did you want to be?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be author Stephen King.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
I’m still waiting for this to happen, though if I suddenly woke up as a 64-year-old Caucasian man, that might actually make for an interesting science-fiction novel.
What is your favourite book?
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It’s incredible. And it made me cry my face off. Then again, I cried when King Kong died so maybe that shouldn’t be my benchmark.
Is Wynne Channing a pen name?
Yes, I wanted to separate my journalism work from my fiction work…not that anyone would confuse a vampire apocalypse for real news. Wynne Channing is a mix of my middle name and the street where I grew up.
Why would a serious journalist who has interviewed a sitting president and covered Canada’s first terrorism trial, write teen vampire fiction?
What’s your advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Finish a novel. Do everything you can to share it with the world. (Quitting would be like turning the heat off just before the water boils.) And then keep writing.
Get What Kills Me and see what all the fuss is about!