Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?
Without a doubt, it’s Kat’s homecoming speech on bullying. It gets right to the heart of what I wanted to say on the issue. A small snippet follows:
“I just want all of you to realize what it does to people – the name calling, the rumors. I’m sure there are a dozen Kim Stewarts sitting in this gym right now, maybe more. Everyone has heard that saying ‘sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ Well, that saying is bullshit, because words do hurt. They can kill, like guns and knives. Bones can grow back and cuts can heal, but there’s no cast or band-aid that can fix someone’s heart and their self-esteem when they’ve been broken.”
“I almost went crazy with guilt after Kim died. I’ll never be able to bring her back but I promised myself that for as long as I lived, I would never make anyone else suffer the way she did.” Kat fixed Hannah with a hard glance. “And I wouldn’t sit back and watch people get bullied anymore either. Neither should any of you.”
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m an outliner. I devote a lot of time to plotting my books before I even start writing. I plot chapter by chapter. It’s nothing super detailed, just the highlights of the plots. I always like to know where I’m going. I find it easier to let the writing flow once I know the direction I want to take.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness, ironically. I’ve wanted to read it for a while since I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book. I can’t put it down – I’m a little obsessed with Matthew Clairmont right now. Where is my urbane, intellectual, and witty 1500-year old vampire with a Jaguar?
What are your favorite TV shows?
My favorite TV shows are all time are: Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Highlander. I’m currently into Elementary, Vikings, and The Mindy Project. Oh, and another little show called Downton Abbey. I really liked Merlin too (BBC version) – so sad when it was canceled.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
The top 5 are:
1. Click Click Click – New Kids on the Block
2. Embareh – Hossam Habib (Arabic)
3. Bulletproof – La Roux
4. Here I Come – Barrington Levy
5. Little Black Submarines – The Black Keys
What do you do to unwind and relax?
After reading, belly dancing is definitely my relaxation mode of choice. I’ve been training in belly dance for about 5 years now. Cooking and baking are big hobbies too – I like to turn my brain off for a while and just pour myself into a preparing a meal.
Do you play any sports?
I did track and field in high school and college. I was a sprinter for most of that time – 100 meter in high school and the 200 meter in college. I stopped sprinting after my freshman year of college due to my bad knee (car accident). It was very difficult to that let go, but I took up throwing after that. I threw the shot put and competed in an obscure event called the hammer throw. I was beastly good, if I don’t say so myself.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
“Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
All the times when I felt like I couldn’t write another word, when I thought to myself “I’ll never finish this book” – this quote kept me going.
The Coven, Book 1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ISBN: Print – 1481981080
Ebook - 9781301450695
Number of pages: 454
Word Count: 114,679
Cover Artist: Gabriela Miyares
After her clique's bullying causes a classmate's suicide, Kat Grey trades the vicious world of the California "in crowd" for the chance to become a better person in Massachusetts. But when she steps in to protect a classmate from being bullied, Kat sparks a war with Hannah, Milton Academy's resident Queen Bee.
Kat's courage and compassion attract the attention of Blaze Ward, Hannah's ex-boyfriend. As they fall in love, Kat discovers that Blaze is more than the boy next door. He's a warlock. He is also the leader of an in-crowd like no other - the Brotherhood, five young warlocks charged with defending witches and humanity from a demonic adversary named Seth.
Kat challenges Blaze to become a better man and leader while he helps her find redemption as she makes it her mission to stop bullying at Milton. But when Hannah teams up with Seth to destroy her, Kat becomes a hostage in the age-old war between the Brotherhood and their greatest enemy. Saving Kat will require more than Blaze's strength and skill; it will mean breaking one of his kind's most sacred laws. Blaze will have to make a choice: his honor or Kat's life.
Verdell Walker is the author of THE COVEN series. Born and raised in the South, writing has been her escape from reality for many years.
Verdell is an avid sports fan and absolutely devoted to the Green Bay Packers. A gifted cook and baker, few things make her happier than making a meal for her family and friends. Except maybe writing about her favorite boys.
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