Today we have author Kris Yankee as a guest to talk about her new middle grade book Saving Redwind. I’m all about connecting kids to books they’ll love,
and I can tell just from the description that this is the kind of adventure my
boys would like. Who wouldn’t love to find a magical place hidden in the
wallpaper? (Personally I think wallpaper is intrinsically cursed, based on
how hard it is to remove.)
Redwind and your inspiration to write the story.
having me on her blog. I’m so excited to be here and to share my new book with
Stevenson wants is an adventure like his dad’s. Oh, and for the creepy ceiling
in his new bedroom to stop storming and spinning. When he’s asked to help save
a world that exists inside his bedroom’s wallpaper, Nick thinks he’s found his
very own adventure. But he has no idea it will involve talking rocks,
dream-stealing birds, and becoming friends with wizards. Can Nick save Redwind
and his new friends before his mom calls him home for hockey practice?
wallpaper of his bedroom. Nick Stevenson is told by a strange boy named
Jacob that Redwind has been waiting for him and that Nick’s the “one” to help
save their land from the evil tyrant Sartung. Redwind is a magical land and all
of its inhabitants have some sort of power—even the birds and the rocks! The
land is filled with wizards, walking and talking rock formations, and
dream-stealing birds, and a talking map. Even Nick has powers when he’s in
Redwind: he can stop time and has True Sight (meaning he can see through all of
the transformation spells the wizards place on objects and people). But
whenever Nick is called by his mom, Nick is whooshed through the wallpaper back
home. Sometimes Nick is called back at the worst times in Redwind. Eventually,
Nick is able to stay in Redwind long enough to help them conquer all the bad guys in Redwind.
is featured both in your life (with your kids, parents, brothers all players)
and in your books. Is Saving Redwind a sports story, an adventure story, or
hockey and uses some of his hockey skills to defeat the bad guys in Redwind. He
also uses the lessons he’s learned while playing hockey (working with others,
trusting your teammates, listening to your coach, doing your best) throughout
his journey in Redwind.
You are repped by Christine
Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, yet you choose to self-publish Saving
Redwind. There are many authors choosing the self-pubbed route these days. Can
you share your decision to go that route, and what role (if any) your agent
played in that decision?
actually Christine’s idea. She had to convince me to do it! I was very hesitant
because I’ve pretty much believed that if my writing wasn’t good enough for NY,
then I needed to spend more time honing my skills and crafting a better story.
She had submitted Saving Redwind to publishers a couple years ago, but
no one was interested. Christine loved this story and wanted it to get out
there. She told me that while we waited to hear back from publishers on the
other stories that are on submission, I should self-pub this one. I first
started with an e-book version, but the majority of the audience for this book
do not have e-readers. I hired a proofer and an illustrator-I have connections
because I’m an editor at a small press-and then I took it all to Createspace.
My advice for other authors looking to self-publish: hire an editor/proofer so
that you can put out the best product you can. We all make mistakes, but when
it’s just your name on the book (and not a publisher), the easiest way to get a
bad reputation is to put out a crummy product. I’m happy with what I’ve put out
That’s so interesting that your agent encouraged you to self-publish. I think forward looking agents and editors are beginning to see self-publishing as one of many options for an author to get their work out there. Awesome! You say you have other stories on submission. Are they other middle grade
books? Will we see more in the Wallpaper Adventure series?
I’m on submission with the
first book in the series called TK’s Hockey Rules for Life and another, Camp
Fail. Both deal with hockey in different ways – but mostly using the skills
and lessons learned from the game and applying them to real life. I’m also
working on a YA novel with a screenwriter that deals with – of course – hockey!
And, I am about to start working on the next book in the Wallpaper series.
story and your book with us today!
Kris is giving away a paper copy of Saving Redwind. Just leave a comment below to be entered to
win. Kris says she’ll ship anywhere, so international friends, please feel free to enter!
Giveaway ends Thursday 8/11, with winner announced Friday 8/12.
UPDATE: Leslie Rose is the WINNER! Thank you to everyone that entered! 🙂