Sunday, May 14, 2017

Blog Tour: The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker, Excerpt and Author Interview

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker 
Published by Entangled Teen 
To Be Released on May 1st, 2017 
Genre: YA Fantasy 

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With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her defective heart. But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical mobster in the city wants the vase for himself. Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker. But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…

About the Author: 

J.C. WELKER is a YA Fantasy author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a graphic designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).
She’s best known for writing and producing the documentary short films focusing on homeless Iraq vets and LGBTQ+ issues in the military, which was selected by the North Texas Film Festival and featured on CURRENT TV. Her recent novel placed first in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards, and she continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed while facing magic and monsters along the way.

Twitter: @jcwelker

Author Interview:

Q: What gave you the idea for your story?

A: The premise of the story came about quite clearly, of a girl looking for love and healing through stories and magic, and finds herself immersed in a world she never knew existed. In many ways it’s a metaphor of some of my own experiences growing up, at a time where I felt invisible, unloved, was hiding who I was, and like the character, I looked to stories to fill that hole.

Q: What inspired you to become an author?

A: Since I was a child I had always loved drawing characters and creating up stories for them. Not until much later in my life did I begin to see more positive LGBTQ+ stories come into the light, which would have made things more bearable for me growing up, and I wanted to perpetuate those stories for others, to give that hope to someone else.
Q: How long have you been writing officially?

A: A little over six years.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I’ve been toying with a MG fantasy idea, and hopefully will begin putting words to it soon.
Q: What does a typical writing day look like for you?

A: Though I’m not a morning person, that’s usually when I get in the best writing time. After breakfast, walking the fur baby and checking emails, I sit down before my computer in my little cave and crank up the music. I focus on hitting the writing goal for that day.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

A: Not letting all the doubt and self-judgment screw with you, because it will hurt your writing and it will show.

Q: What is your favorite part of the writing process?

A: Drafting. Getting to know the characters for the first time. Building the world and creating something you’ve only fabricated in your mind.

Q: Do you write full time or part time?

A: Part time.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A: One of the best things I’ve read on writing was about Octavia E. Butler. She literally wrote her future into existence with positive thinking. She would write affirmations to herself that she was already a best selling author and that her books would be read by millions. She wrote: “I will find the way to do this. So be it! See to it!”

So even amongst rejection, persist to speak your victory.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?

A: Malinda Lo, Shea Godfrey, Leigh Bardugo, Kelly Barnhill, Laini Taylor

Q: What is your favorite genre to read? 

A: Fantasy in any form whether it’s Adult, YA or MG.


Whatever natural tendency toward hope Anjeline once possessed had manifested itself into something harder on her face. Her eyes were far away, like she had thoughts on bigger things than just freedom. “This isn’t like your books,” she said as though Rebel were naive. “They’re stories that know nothing about life. People are thornier than what those things tell you. Good doesn’t always win. Light doesn’t always burn away the darkness.” Rebel pressed her lips into a hard line. “Maybe it’s you who knows nothing about people. Darkness exists because light casts a shadow. That’s life...painful and beautiful all at the same time.” Books might have not told her everything about magic, but they taught her how to see it in all things. Anjeline’s lips twitched. “Painful but beautiful. Sounds more like human love.” “Now that, I wouldn’t know,” she said sarcastically, but she meant it. She took a cold breath, feeling for her pendant resting on her chest. There was a black void in her heart, where the love of a parent, the love of anyone, had never occupied. Golden eyes met hers, Anjeline contemplating her with that look. “You’ve always been without kin?” Rebel nodded, turning aside from the fascinated gaze roaming over her. “So, you’ve never been loved?” The question wasn’t just about family. Rebel shrunk from those words, unable to stop from gravitating toward the ones living in the back of her mind. Believing herself, maybe, to not be worthy of it, or anything good. That black void had yawned so wide she used to think gathering stolen treasures could fill it. She used to put rocks under her pillow, wishing for them to turn into diamonds. But she was a book no one wanted to open. A riddle no one dared to answer. A lost girl no one desired to find. Her heart was tired of not being useful to anyone— especially herself. She was tired of being a captive to her own flesh. With a shake of her head, she didn’t reply. But as Anjeline gazed at her with that look, as though something tied them together, her chest hummed with...what, exactly? She tried willing it away but it spread deeper. She rubbed at her bruises, as if calming the ones within. Her numb hands shook, and she rummaged in the satchel for her pills. Anjeline persisted to stare, unbothered by the cold. Lucky her. “Stop staring at me,” she said. Anjeline clicked her tongue. “You could just ask me.” “For what?” “For warmth.” Rebel glanced up in both sheepishness and stubbornness. Taking that for an invitation, Anjeline moved closer. “I’m fine...” “I can hear your teeth rattling.” “I’m...” Anjeline put a finger against Rebel’s lips. “Shh. If you’re frozen, neither of us will get our wish.” The light in her palm danced, and she placed a hand atop Rebel’s. The air throbbed between them. It crackled and purred, and Rebel startled as her blood hummed at the touch. Wisps of sultry light danced across her arms, snaking around her legs and torso in a shroud of warmth.


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