Interview & Contest: W.J. May

Jen: Please help us welcome W.J. May to our YA Saturday at Romancing the Book. W.J., at what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.

W.J.: I did write as a kid (teenager) but then got into athletics and decided a career in track and field was the place for meJ. I began high jumping in grade 10 and continued till I was 29 years old. My father passed away 3 years ago and during one of our last conversations he told me to make sure to chase after my dreams. Life goes by in the blink of an eye. He passed away in Sept 2008 and his words stuck with me. That Christmas, The Chronicles of Kerrigan was born.

Jen:  Can you tell us about Rae of Hope?

W.J.:  How about I show you…

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

W.J.: Very excited – both my kids and hubby, and also my outer family (I’m the youngest of six) and also my husband’s family is very excited

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

W.J.: A MUST READ

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

W.J.: Not really. I do tend to do most of my writing in the evenings. I have 3 little ones (oldest 6, youngest 19 mths).

Jen: What’s the most challenging and easiest aspect of writing?

W.J.: Finding the time to write. Easiest? Coming up with the story (I daydream WAY too much)

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

W.J.: In Rae of Hope, I love Rae – I love her determination and sense of wanting to do what is right. I am probably most like Molly (hyper, bubbly, tends to open her mouth and insert her foot far too often)

Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

W.J.: First would be my father, he taught me how to follow my dreams – what would I say to him? I miss you every day, and I wish you could see your youngest grand-daughter, she’s a fire cracker and you’d love her. You’d also be so proud that I wrote and published a book. ‘Love you, Dad.’

(Sniffs, blinks rapidly)

Next? I would love to sit down and chat with CS Lewis … huge fan of the Narnia series. Just would love to chat about writing and publishing and what he thinks of the publishing world today.

Jane Austen – would love to ask if she ever thought her writing would be this popular and have such an impact on writers (especially females imo) today.

The next are hard – I have so many people I respect and appreciate that have helped me to become the writer I am… I’d have a hard time trying to pick whose next.

I might like to ask Dr. Seuss if he laughed his butt off each time he wrote his books. Or maybe ask Nickleback if they’d write an album for one of my books 😉 hee hee… it’s great to dream.

Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal is there anything else you dream of doing?

W.J.: Big Dream? Having the book become a movie! Little Dream? Having people enjoy the book and want to read more of the series.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

W.J.: Free time? What’s that? Three kids, wife, running our own business, writing… not much free time. Though I do enjoy playing with my kids and I love having a good laugh.

Jen: What’s next for you?

W.J.: Finishing some edits on a few other books I’ve written, finishing the third book in the Chronicles of Kerrigan series and working on getting the second one out in August of this year.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

W.J.: www.wanitamay.yolasite.com or on twitter: @wanitajump
Blog: www.wanitajump.wordpress.com Facebook: Rae Kerrigan and also http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Author-WJ-May-FAN-PAGE/141170442608149

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

W.J.: What makes a book one you can’t put down? The characters? The plot? The dialogue? Something else? What do you wish was out there to read that you can’t get enough of?

Contest details:

  • The prize is a print copy of Rae of Hope.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 15, international readers included.
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  • The contest ends on Friday, January 20.

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