July 12, 2012

Wings of Arian Tour Stop - Q&A


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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.


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Mindy: In 10 words or less can you tell us about Wings of Arian?
Devri: Imagine your first exposure to everything evil, now add magic.

Mindy: How did the idea of Wings of Arian come to you?
Devri: I was watching T.V. one night and watched someone’s throat get slit. What startled me was not what I had seen, but that I had NO reaction. I had become so accustomed to violence, I barely even noticed. It got me thinking, “I wonder how horrifying it would be for someone that had lived, say seventy five years ago, to watch the things we as a society have become so accustomed to?” And from that, Wings of Arian was born. A story of a society that has been completely sheltered from any evil for a thousand years and what happens as it returns. But really, what fun would that story be without mixing in dragons and magic and shapeshifters? No fun at all in my opinion.

Mindy: Which character was your favorite to write?
Devri: Drustan in general was a blast, but using him as a tool to get under Emane’s skin was oh so much fun!

Getting to know you:

Mindy: Phobia or fear?
Devri: I hate bees. I know, lame. But that whole bit about, leave them alone and they will leave you alone, is a bunch of bull.

Mindy: Guilty pleasure?
Devri: Dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt.

Mindy: Strange quirks?
Devri: Maybe we should have had a list called, normal things you do. Is it strange that I buy my kids pet rats? Best pets ever I tell you!

Mindy: Boxers or briefs?
Devri: LOL!! Huh. I suppose it depends on the occasion. ;)

Mindy: Facebook or Twitter?
Devri: Two months ago I was a diehard facebook fan. But you tweeps are quickly converting me.

Mindy: Most visited online website?
Devri: Although you can not tell my editor, Pinterest. The woman forced me to set up an account despite my protests that I would never use it. By forced I mean she literally set it up for me and wrote down my password. And now... well, I may be developing an addiction.

Mindy: Kindle or Nook?
Devri: Kindle baby!

Mindy: Preferred weapon?
Devri: Magic. Seriously. Who the heck needs a sword when you can just swish your hand?
Mindy: Favorite youtube video?
Devri: Youtube is a site I visit maybe once a year. I can already hear the hisses of disbelief whipping through cyberspace.

Mindy: Top 5 authors that inspire you?
Devri: Cinda Williams Chima, Cassandra Clare, Christopher Paolini, J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown. ( I know, that last one doesn’t really fit does it?) Each one has something different about their writing that I adore.

Mindy: Top 5 fave movies?
Devri: Can’t do it!! *Falls on ground twitching* Ok, I will give you some I like but I offer no promises as to whether or not they are my favorite. All Harry Potters, all Lord of the Rings, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Pirates of the Caribbean. As my final choice I will let you in on a little secret. I really do not like chick flicks but am always up for an action movie, even the cheesy ones. Fast cars, hot guys, explosions.... and it doesn’t make me cry. Win win in my book!

Mindy: Top 5 fave books?
Devri: Are you serious??? I can’t pick that! You might as well ask me which one of my kids I like better. LOL!

Mindy: Favorite TV show and/or movie when you were a kid?
Devri: I really loved the Dark Crystal and the Labyrinth.

Mindy: Which would you be willing to kiss; scares you the most; and willing to ally with in an apocalypse?
A. Alien
B. Vampire
C. Werewolf
D. Zombie
E. Faery
Devri: Totally kissing the vampire and allying with the werewolf. I am terrified of zombies. In order to make sure I am safe during the zombie apocalypse I will keep the Faery in my backpocket to use as a backup ally in case the werewolf were turned into a zombie. Can that happen? The alien? Ya I got nothing.



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Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie. With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar. However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation. And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

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