Behind The Story: Kandi J Wyatt (& giveaway!)

It’s National Unicorn Day! A few weeks ago I shared the cover reveal for An Unexpected Escapade, a middle grade fantasy about girls and their horses, and of course a unicorn. So what day could be more appropriate for the book release? To celebrate, I’m happy to bring you an interview with the author, Kandi J Wyatt. And be sure to check the bottom of the post for a link to enter the giveaway she is running!  And now, everyone, meet Kandi!

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Hi, Kandi! Welcome to my blog!

We already know you’re a great author but which other talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to be a good housekeeper. Between being a hoarder and physical limitations, my house is never clean.

I know how that goes. Even with just my husband and one teen, it still feels like the attempt to have a clean house is a never-ending battle!

Where would you like to live?

I’m actually living where I’d want to live. I love the Southern Oregon Coast, and wanted to feature it in the Myth Coast Adventures.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Hm, that’s a tough one. I love Samwise Gamgee. His loyalty and stick-to-it-tiveness draw me to him. As for a heroine, I’d have to say that’s much harder to pick, but Annie or Hannah of the Aerisian: Sunset Lands Beyond and Beyond the Sunset Lands by Sarah Ashwood rank right up there.

Samwise Gamgee has always been one of my favorite heroes too. He’s such a fantastic example of biblical servanthood.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents are my real-life heroes. They’ve been through a ton of nasty things and still persevere—much like Samwise. Despite medical issues, or rather because of them, my dad is one of the biggest prayer warriors I know. My mom writes a monthly newsletter to shut-in adults sharing a bit of the outside world with those who can’t get outside their own doors other than to go to doctor’s appointments.

That’s really cool. Not that they’ve been through a lot, of course, but that they use their experiences for God’s glory.  

Tell us about writing An Unexpected Escapade.

Although I had the idea for the book, it took a while to write it. Not only was it difficult to find the time, I also struggled with the storyline. The boating accident in the book is based on true-life happenings. The grief I experienced for one of my students had to be resolved before I could finish writing the book. It took over a year to write, but in reality it really was only from March to June. I started on spring break two years ago, but every time I opened the document, I couldn’t focus. I actually finished writing To Save a Race between starting An Unexpected Escapade and finishing it. Then about spring break last year, I suddenly was able to write and words began to flow, slowly at first, but then more and more.

Wow. Writing that comes from such a heart-felt place often has a real depth. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing!

Blurb:

A rift in the space-time continuum in the Oregon town of Myrtle Beach allows a unicorn to waltz into the pasture with Daisy Vincent’s appaloosas, but when a poacher shows up, who will stop at nothing to gain the unicorn horn and its tears, navigating junior high suddenly becomes a breeze by comparison.

Interested in the book? Buy it here!

To enter the giveaway, please go to the giveaway page.

Thanks, Kandi, for stopping by and doing this interview!

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Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

You can connect with Kandi on her website/blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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