Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kids: Meet Kai Strand, author of the Middle Grade Fantasy Series, The Weaver Tales

 
I am thrilled to have fellow middle grade author, Kai Strand, visit today. If you haven't had a chance to read one of the three books in her The Weaver Tales series, you are missing out. I just finished the first book in the series, The Weaver, and loved it. 


Meet the author:


Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, soared to the publisher's #1 spot in its second month and stayed on the Top 5 Bestsellers list for eight months. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.


Kai, can you tell us about The Weaver Tale Series?


"There are currently three standalone books in The Weaver Tales series. They are set in the same fictional village of word weavers (people who speak in story) and Unwanted, a misunderstood gnome-elf, grants a wish in each book that complicates matters for the main character. In The Weaver, Mary Wordsmith wishes to be able to weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother’s. The Weaver was an EPIC eBook Award finalist. In The Wishing Well, Molly Minstrel is treated like Cinderella by her mother and sisters, so her wish is meant to make that better, but it only gets worse. And in The Lumpy Duckling, Eloise “Wheezy” Talemaker just wants everyone to see her best friend Lawrence “Lumpy” Nightingale the same way she does."


Can you tell us more about how the word weavers speak in your stories?


 This is such a fun part of the Weaver Tales—all the storytelling voices. The villagers in The Tales are likely to burst into story at any time. As a matter of fact, that is how they communicate best. What makes it so much fun is that they all have their own unique storytelling voice. As an example, Wheezy from The Lumpy Duckling gives reports. In this excerpt she’s updating her best friend’s mom on the results of a test she took at school:


 “News from the seventh grade Tale-ites brought to you by our sponsors, Spinach – If it’s a boost in memory you need, then you’ve picked the wrong vegetable, and Soap Flakes – We’re gonna wash those words right out of your mouth.
This week seventh grader, Eloise Talemaker, attempted to take the long dreaded math test on the chapter covering fractions. Unfortunately, Miss Talemaker only got a small fraction of the answers correct. Her teacher actually ‘tsk, tsk-ed’ her when he handed back the graded paper. Her mother and father were not surprised. “I’ve always known mathematics was a weakness in my sweet, but small brained, oldest daughter Eloise,” Talemaker’s mother said outside the family home Thursday evening.”


 What do you want readers to take away from The Weaver Tales stories?


 First and foremost, I want readers to be entertained. Swept up into the story as if they live in The Tales themselves. I hope The Weaver inspires them to persist when things get rough or when they don’t turn out as planned. I hope The Wishing Well demonstrates how important it is not to let the negativity or bullying of other people define you.  And ultimately The Lumpy Duckling is about friendship. Not so much how to have a friend or even how to keep a friend—but how to be a good friend. Most of the time it’s easy to be a good friend to your best friend, because you share a lot in common. Lumpy explores what it’s like to be a good friend when the rug is yanked out from under you. It can be scary and it’s a lot of work, but it is so worth it in the end.




The Weaver: In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish.  But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.
 Available in soft and hardcover and electronic from: GuardianAngel Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Add to Goodreads.


 


The Wishing Well: Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.
 Guardian Angel Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Add to Goodreads.
 


The Lumpy Duckling: Lumpy may be hefty with a misshapen mouth, but he’s funny and the most loyal friend Wheezy could ask for. When she meets Unwanted, she casts a wish for people to be able to see her best friend like she does. Her wish nearly kills him. Guardian AngelPublishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. Add to Goodreads 


You can learn more about Kai and her books by visiting her website: www.kaistrand.com.   Don’t miss a thing! Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list: http://eepurl.com/n8lCT