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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Story Secrets: STORK by Wendy Delsol + giveaway!

Today I'm excited to have debut author Wendy Delsol on the blog to chat about her contemporary myth-come-to-life, STORK - plus she has generously included a giveaway (see below for details).

I met Wendy through the awesome new YA blog, YA Outside the Lines, and am very pleased to welcome her!


Borrowing from Norse mythology, STORK is the story of Katla (Kat) LeBlanc, a sixteen year old who—following her parents’ divorce—moves from L.A. to her mother’s small Minnesota hometown of Icelandic heritage. With the school year already off to a bad start, Kat’s world is further upended when she is mysteriously summoned to a meeting of the local Stork Society: women with the responsibility of matching the undecided of hovering souls with the right mother. Kat is their newest—and youngest ever—member. As if this discovery wasn’t burden enough, Kat soon meets Jack, an aloof classmate to whom she senses an inexplicable connection. Additionally, when Kat finds herself in more than one life-threatening situation, she suspects that someone or something wants her out of town.

Holly Cupala: I love to hear the stories behind the story –what is the story behind STORK?

Wendy Delsol:
A long time ago, while watching the TV show Unsolved Mysteries, there was a segment about a young boy who claimed to have a pre-birth memory of flying above the earth and choosing his mother. The story stuck with me. Years later, when spinning what-ifs for a YA paranormal, I paired that story with the symbolic image of childbirth: a bundle-bearing stork. The next step was to create an ancient society of human Storks who have the ability to guide undecided souls...

Read more of Wendy's secrets and enter to win STORK here!

~Holly Cupala


Mrs. DeRaps said...

You know, I've always wanted to visit Iceland. It's my #2 answer when people ask, "If you could go anywhere..."

Why? it has one of the highest literacy rates in the world! I want to go there and read with the best of 'em!

I can't wait to read this book.

Melissa Walker said...

What a cool premise!

Sherrie Petersen said...

I love this premise and hearing where the story idea came from.